Fyodor Alexeyevich Golovin

Fyodor Alexeyevich Golovin

The Charity Project aimed to perpetuate the memory of the outstanding Russian political figure, military commander and diplomat, the first holder of the Order of Andrew the First-Called, Count Fyodor Alexeyevich Golovin, has the goal to bring the name of Fyodor Golovin back to the history by attracting public attention to his personal contribution for the sake of growing and development of the Russian statehood.

The Charity Project aimed to perpetuate the memory of the outstanding Russian political figure, military commander and diplomat, the first holder of the Order of Andrew the First-Called, Count Fyodor Alexeyevich Golovin, has the goal to bring the name of Fyodor Golovin back to the history by attracting public attention to his personal contribution for the sake of growing and development of the Russian statehood.

As part of the Charity Project in March 2007 in Moscow on the territory of the Simonov Monastery, not far from the place Fyodor Golovin had been buried, the monument dedicated to the great supporter of Peter the Great was erected and blessed. On 5 May 2007 at the initiative of the Centre of National Glory in Baltiysk, the Kaliningrad region, at the main base of the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy the ceremony was held where the Fleet’s communication ship got the name of “Admiral Fyodor Golovin”.

On 11 June 2007 during the festive events in memory of Count Fyodor Golovin — the organizer and participant of the Azov campaigns of Peter the Great — the bas-relief depicting Fyodor Golovin was erected in Azov, the Rostov region, at the Alexeyev wall.

In July 2007 in Saint-Petersburg the first Russia’s monument to the outstanding Russian political figure was unveiled on the Basil Island, at the walls of the St. Andrew Church. At the same time at the Naval College of Peter the Great — the Saint-Petersburg Military and Navy Institute — the unveiling of the memorial plaque dedicated to the founder and the first head of the School of Mathematic and Navigation Sciences, Admiral Fyodor Golovin, was held at the initiative of the administration of the Military and Navy Fleet of Russia and the Centre of National Glory.

The Charity Project on memorializing the military commander and diplomat, the first holder of the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called, Count Fyodor Golovin, was finalized in November 2007 in the town of Omsk. Here, on the territory of the Historical and Architectural Complex “Tarskiye Gates” the memorial plaque “To the Governor of Siberia, the outstanding Russian political figure and military commander, Count Fyodor Golovin. 1650–1706” was unveiled and blessed.

The historical note

The brilliant epoch of Peter I which turned Russia into the Great European Empire and which made the centuries-long aspirations of the Russian people come true, revealed a great number of outstanding people in the history of our country — supporters of the great reformer of the state. Count Fyodor Golovin was one of those supporters. On his portrait that had long been stored at the Russian Emperor’s Palace there was an inscription made by the order of Peter the Great: “Only the person who fulfills his duties with all his heart, efforts and art is able to fulfill great and outstanding deeds. (Cicero)”.

Fyodor Alexeyevich Golovin (1650–1706) was one of the close supporters of Peter I, the state chancellor, field marshal general, admiral, President of Ambassadorial Affairs, head of the Military and Navy Department, head of the Armoury, Gold and Silver Chambers, Governor of Siberia, administrator of the Mint and the Yamsky Order, Count of the Roman Empire; he took part in founding and editing of the first Russian printed paper “Vedomosty”.

It was Fyodor Golovin who carried out the organizational work of forming the “Grand Embassy” to Western Europe. He was the founder and the first head of the School of Mathematic and Navigation Sciences (this educational institution was the first one in Russia to prepare specialists with technical background; today it is the Naval College of Peter the Great — the Saint-Petersburg Military and Navy Institute). Fyodor Golovin created the system of permanent representative bodies of Russia in other countries. He was the Commander of the first Russian Fleet (the Azov Fleet) and the first head of the Military and Navy Department. There is information that Saint-Petersburg was founded thanks to Fyodor Golovin: it was his idea to construct a big fortress at the creek of the Neva River in order to break the communicat