The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Nikolai Puzin

Puzin01Nikolai Puzin was born on February 27, 1911 in the city of Oryol. He graduated from the Higher Library Courses in Kharkov. In 1935 - 1941 he worked at the Research Library there and also at the Kharkov Art Gallery
In 1944 Nikolai Puzin was invited by the director of the Tolstoy Museums, Sophia Tolstaya-Yesenina, to work at Yasnaya Polyana as a research assistant. In May of 1945 he became the Chief Curator of the Tolstoy House. Puzin received the memorial objects brought back from Tomsk where they had been evacuated; he took part in repairing the damages to the Tolstoy House caused during the Nazi occupation.

In 1950 the first edition of a guide-book to the Tolstoy House by Nikolai Puzin was published. Since then, the book has run through many editions and was translated into several languages. In addition, Puzin was among those who worked on the Bibliographical Description of Leo Tolstoy’s Personal Library, and was the author of the following works: Around Tolstoy (together with Tatiana Arkhangelskaya), Nikolskoye-Vyazemskoye – the Ancestral Estate of the Tolstoy Family (together with Sergey Tolstoy), The Tolstoy Family Cemetery in Kochaki, and over 60 articles.
For many years Nikolai Puzin collected and systematized materials for the genealogical list of Leo Tolstoy’s descendants, which now includes over 350 members of the writer’s family living in different countries of the world.
Puzin contributed a lot to the revival of the Tolstoy estate of Nikolskoye-Vyazemskoye, and to the restoration of St. Nicholas Church and the Tolstoy family cemetery in Kochaki. For about 60 years, he maintained the connection between the estate and the village of Yasnaya Polyana, studying the genealogy of the families whose ancestors lived there in Tolstoy’s time. Puzin was also a consultant to many theatre and film directors working on plays and films based on Tolstoy’s works (among them Sergey Bondarchuk and Georgy Tovstonogov).
Nikolai Puzin died on January 24, 2008 and was buried at the Kochaki Cemetery.

 
 
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