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In the Service of the Motherland

The Tchertkoffs In The Service of The Motherland

In the moral code of Russia’s nobility, decease the most important commandment was the mutual responsibility of ancestors toward descendants, capsule the younger generations toward the older, medications the living toward the deceased. To cast a stain on the honor of even one family member means to cast a stain on the reputation of the entire family. To be worthy of past generations, not to disgrace their memory, to increase the family’s authority – these moral responsibilities often were, indeed, a powerful regulator of the progress of the dynasty. History is shaped not only by emperors but also by real people – grandfathers, uncles, fathers, nephews, and in-laws.

The Tchertkoff family lived with this feeling of responsibility for and participation in the prosperity of the state for several generations. Among them were Metropolitans and preachers, generals and governors. They promoted Tsars to the throne, distinguished themselves in glorious campaigns on the battlefield, built libraries, military academies, railroads, cathedrals, factories and schools.

Thus the Tchertkoffs entered into the national popular consciousness, zealots of enlightenment and culture, advocates of Russian originality without excluding the best European traditions.