Arseny Zakrevsky

Count Arseny Andreyevich Zakryevsky (Russian: Граф Арсе́ний Андре́евич Закре́вский; September 24, 1783 or 1786 in Tver Governorate – January 23, 1865 in Florence) was a Russian statesman and Minister of the Interior from April 19, 1828 to November 19, 1831.

Portrait by George Dawe

Son of a poor Tver nobleman of distant Polish origin,[1] Zakrevsky began his military career in a cadet corps, from which he graduated in 1802 with the rank of junior infantry officer.[2] By 1829 he rose to the rank of infantry general. Between 1824 and 1831, Count Zakrevsky served as the Governor General of the Grand Duchy of Finland. Being a military man and a hard-liner, he was trusted by Emperor Nicholas I. In the period 1828–1831, he also briefly served as the Minister of Interior of the entire empire.

He was elevated to the title of count in the Finnish nobility, and was registered in the House of Nobility under the name Zakrewsky as the Finnish comital house number nine. This made him and his family "Finnish citizens", which also meant that afterwards, when out of office, they did not need passports to go to the territory of the grand duchy from the Russian side of the border, a coveted privilege.


  1. ^ В.И.Федорченко (2000). "Арсений Андреевич Закревский". Императорский Дом. Выдающиеся сановники: Энциклопедия биографий, т. 1. Красноярск-М. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. ^ Игорь Мангазеев. "Министры МВД с тверской родословной. Арсений Закревский". Вече Твери. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
Political offices
Preceded by
Governor-General of Finland
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by
Minister of Interior
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