Kamenskīĭ, Petr Valerianovich, (b. 1860)

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Petr (Peter) Valerianovich Kamenskīĭ (Kamensky) was a Russian nobleman living in the district of Bachmut, province of Ekaterinoslav, Russia, a member of the Second Duma, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Religion of the Third Duma, member of the Imperial Council, who unselfishly defended the Mennonites in word and writing at the end of the 1880s and at the beginning of the 1890s, when the Moscow newspaper Novoye Vremya (with its special reporter Velitsyn) and other prominent Russian newspapers attacked the German colonists in Russia. He knew the Germans in the Bachmut district where he was their neighbor and maintained constant relationship with them.

In 1895 he published his book Vopros ili nedorozumienīe?: k voprosu ob inostrannykh poselenīiakh na iugie Rossīi  (Problem or Misunderstanding, Regarding the Foreign Settlements in Russia), which brought him into serious disrepute in the highest circles and called forth many opponents. In the book he proved that the many accusations against the colonists were based on ignorance, misunderstanding, or wrong interpretation. He acted as a true nobleman, seeking only justice. In the matter of the working out of the new law on the sects as well as in the matter of the liquidation of the German landholdings the accused always found in Kamenskīĭ a faithful friend, representative, and supporter of all legal and just right and claims.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 455.

Kamenskīĭ, P. V. Vopros ili nedorozumi︠e︡nīe?: k voprosu ob inostrannykh poselenīi︠a︡kh na i︠u︡gi︠e︡ Rossīi. Moskva: A. A. Levenson, 1895.

Mennonitische Blätter 42 (1896): 74.

Author(s) David H Epp
Date Published 1957

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