Pavel Ignatieff

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Pavel Ignatieff
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24th Education Minister of the Russian Empire
In office
January 9, 1915 – December 27, 1916
Preceded by Lev Kasso
Succeeded by Nikolai Kulchitsky
Personal details
Born Pavel Nikolayevich Ignatiev
Павел Николаевич Игнатьев

July 12 [O.S. June 30] 1870
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died August 12, 1945(1945-08-12) (aged 75)
Upper Melbourne, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Russian
Spouse(s) Natalia Nikolayevna Meshcherskaya

Count Pavel Nikolayevich Ignatiev (Russian: Павел Николаевич Игнатьев, sometimes rendered in English as Paul Ignatieff; June 30/July 12, 1870 Istanbul– August 12, 1945) was an Imperial Russian politician. Pavel's father Count Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev, was Russian Minister of the Interior under Tsar Alexander III of Russia.

Life and work[edit]

Ignatieff married Princess Natalya Meshcherskaya (1877-1944) in Nice, France on April 16, 1903. They would have seven children, all boys, two of whom died as infants.

He was a graduate of the University of Kiev. Afterward he entered the Imperial Ministry of Agriculture eventually becoming a Director of one of its departments in 1909. He was appointed Assistant Minister of Agriculture in 1912. In 1915, during the First World War he was appointed Minister of Education. He held that position until 1916.

As a result of the Bolshevik Revolution, Ignatieff and his family fled to France. In 1925, the family emigrated to Canada, and settled permanently three years later in Upper Melbourne in Quebec, where he died August 12, 1945.

One of the Ignatieff's sons, George, was a prominent Canadian diplomat. One of his grandsons, Michael Ignatieff, is an author, Harvard professor, former Canadian Member of Parliament and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.


  • Ignatieff, Michael. The Russian album. New York, N.Y.: Viking, 1987.
  • "Countess Ignatieff". New York Times, 30 Aug 1944: 17.
  • Index with link to Ignatieff genealogical information
  • "Nicholas Ignatieff". New York Times, 30 Mar 1952: 93.
  • Out of My Past: The Memoirs of Count Kokovtsov Edited by H.H. Fisher and translated by Laura Matveev; Stanford University Press, 1935.
  • The Memoirs of Count Witte Edited and translated by Sydney Harcave; Sharpe Press, 1990.
Preceded by
Lev Kasso
Russian Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Nikolai Kulchitsky