Ivan Aksakov

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Portrait by Ilya Repin.

Ivan Sergeyevich Aksakov (Russian: Ива́н Серге́евич Акса́ков; October 8 [O.S. September 26] 1823, Nadezhdino, Orenburg Governorate – February 8 [O.S. January 27] 1886, Moscow) was a Russian littérateur and notable Slavophile.


He was the son of Sergey Aksakov and younger brother of the writers Konstatin and Vera Aksakova.[1] He was born in what is now Bashkortostan. Aksakov graduated from the Imperial School of Jurisprudence in 1842.[2]

Ivan took part in the Crimean War, and promoted the ideas of Pan-Slavism in the Russian press during the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878. D.S. Mirsky considered him the finest Russian journalist, after Alexander Herzen. Aksakov also wrote the first biography of his father-in-law, the Slavophile poet Fyodor Tyutchev.

Aksakov's gravestone in the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra.


Aksakovo town in Northeastern Bulgaria and Aksakov Street in Sofia, Bulgaria are named after Ivan Aksakov.

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  1. ^ Marina Ledkovskai͡a-Astman; Charlotte Rosenthal; Mary Fleming Zirin (1994). Dictionary of Russian Women Writers. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-0-313-26265-4. 
  2. ^ James R. Millar, ed. (2004). Encyclopedia of Russian history. Detroit: Thomson Gale. pp. v. 1, p. 24–25. ISBN 0028659074. 

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