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He was the first to describe numerous species of Siberian flora and the lifestyles of native ethnic peoples. Arseniev was born in St. Petersburg , Russian Empire. His father, born a serf, became the chief of the Moscow District Railway. After a military education, Arseniev began his expeditions to the forests of the Far East. Arseniev is most famous for authoring many books about his explorations, including some 60 works on the geography, wildlife and ethnography of the regions he traveled.
Arseniev's most famous book, Dersu Uzala , is a memoir of three expeditions in the Ussurian taiga forest of Northern Asia along the Sea of Japan and North to Vladivostok. Eventually the book was made into two films, one by Soviet director Agasi Babayan in , the other by Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in The third book of Arsenyev's trilogy, In the Sikhote-Alin mountains , was published posthumously in Arseniev died in in Vladivostok at the age of His widow, Margarita Nikolaevna Arsenieva, was arrested in and again in after being accused of being a member of an underground organization of spies and saboteurs allegedly headed by her late husband.
The military court hearings of the case 21 August took only 10 minutes and sentenced her to death. She was executed immediately. Arsenyev's daughter Natalya also was arrested in April and sentenced to the Gulag.
Arsenyev , a town located in Primorsky Krai , was named after him. In Vladivostok International airport was renamed after him.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Russian and Soviet explorer, ethnographer and writer. Archived from the original on Retrieved Vladimir, 4th class Recipients of the Order of St.
Dersu the Trapper
Arsenyev's book tells of his travels in the Ussuri basin in the Russian Far East. Dersu Uzala was a Nanai hunter who lived c. Arsenyev portrays him as a great man, an animist who sees animals and plants as equal to man. From , Arsenyev invited Dersu to live in his house in Khabarovsk as Dersu's failing sight hampered his ability to live as a hunter. In the spring of , Dersu bade farewell to Arsenyev and walked back to his home in the Primorsky Krai , where he was killed. According to Arsenyev's book, Dersu Uzala was murdered near the town of Korfovskiy and buried in an unmarked grave in the taiga.