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Exhibition “Mysteries of the Saburovs’ House”

domApril 1-23, 2015 
Krapivna Local History Museum 

Opening of the exhibition will take place on March 31 at 15:00.

On display at the “Mysteries of the Saburovs’ House” exhibition will be documents and photographs telling about the history of two merchant families – the Saburovs and the Yudins, whose fates were closely and startlingly entwined. It is interesting to note that representatives of those families used to live in the house that now belongs to the museum. 


This exhibition tells the heart-rending and tragic story of the two families’ success and welfare in the late 19th – early 20th centuries, their hardships during World War I, the failure of their hopes after the 1917 revolution, nationalization of their property, impoverishment, slanders, repressions, and executions by firing squad. But also it is a story of love, adultery, passions, and suicide. The objects on display are taken from the collections of the Krapivna Museum, personal archives of descendants of the Saburovs and the Yudins, and from the FSB archives.   

Names of several representatives of the Saburov family can be found in Krapivna records. The eldest of them was Mikhail Saburov (1812-1888) who was a churchwarden of the graveyard All Saints Church. After dismissal from his position, he was recognized by the town Duma for his “long and useful service for the benefit of the church.” His son Nikolai (1853 - ?) became a new churchwarden. He was an honoured citizen of Krapivna, authorized representative in the town public administration, and merchant of the 2nd guild. He was married to the daughter of a Krapivna merchant Olga Glagoleva and had three daughters and two sons, Nikolai and Mikhail. The latter has a special place in the history of the family.

Mikhail Saburov (1892-1938) graduated from the Alekseyevskoye Military School in Moscow and was in military service until 1923. After demobilization, he returned to Krapivna and soon proposed to the merchant Matvey Yudin’s daughter Glafira. But the story had a tragic end – the bride shot herself from Saburov’s revolver, when she learned about his affair with her sister Neonila. After her death, Saburov married Neonila.  


His merchant background and its stigma influenced his further life; in 1937, Saburov was arrested on the charge of counter-revolutionary propaganda, and executed by firing squad. His father-in-law, Glafira and Neonila’s father Matvey Yudin, was also executed; he was a merchant of the 2nd guild, honoured citizen of Krapivna, and owned oil-pressing and a potato-starch factories, stores and warehouses. The Saburovs’ house was nationalized. At different times, it accommodated a newspaper printing house and an orphanage, and since 1989 the building has belonged to the Krapivna Museum.

The exhibition will be open every day from 9:00 to 17:00. The cost of admission with a tour will be 30 rubles for discounted categories of tickets and 50 rubles for regular tickets.

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