Memorial for General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev Held in Ekaterinburg


General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev (1859-1918)

On 24th December 2018, with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, an evening dedicated to General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev was held at the Tsarsky Spiritual and Educational Center in Ekaterinburg. Tatishchev was one of the few who remained loyal to the Tsar and his family, following them into exile, and was murdered by the Bolsheviks.   

The memorial was timed to the general’s birthday, and began with a memorial service held in the Church in the name of Nicholas the Wonderworker, which is situated in the Patriarchal Compound, on the territory of the Church on the Blood. The service was performed by Archpriest Alexander Salautin.

As part of the evening’s program, Mother Eustafia, a resident of the Novo-Tikhvin Convent, and member of the commission for the canonization of saints of the Yekaterinburg Metropolitan, spoke about the life of General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev.


Mother Eustafia noted that with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, the commission has been working for several years to collect materials for the canonization of General Tatishchev.

– In the course of our work, very unexpectedly, even for us, we managed to find a lot of information about the piety of those loyal to the Tsar. They were people of great faith, with a deep devotion to the sovereign, and they went to their “Golgotha” along with Royal Family,” said Mother Eustafia.

Adjutant General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev served Emperor Nicholas II selflessly for many years. “Noble, ideally honest,” “a merciful Christian,” “a man of touching kindness,” was how his contemporaries spoke of him. Ilya Leonidovich had deep faith and piety. His parents gave Ilya Tatischev a good education, but, most importantly, they planted in his heart a love for the Holy Scriptures and taught him mercy. From childhood, Ilya loved the gospels. When he began military service at the age of 20, his mother presented him with four small Gospels, with which he never parted with.


One of the few loyal supporters, General Tatishchev, voluntarily followed the Royal Family into exile, first to Tobolsk and then Ekaterinburg. It was here on 10th June 1918, he accepted a martyr’s death at the hands of the Bolsheviks and was buried in the cemetery of the Novo-Tikhvin Convent. In his memory, one historian wrote: “If the Russian tsar had more such nobles as Tatishchev, the revolution would not have happened …”.

After the talk by Mother Eustafia, a concert of sacred music was performed for the guests by the Gorlitsa Choir of the Missionary Institute under the direction of the choir’s conductor Tatyana V. Gnuskova. 


To learn more about General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev, click HERE to read my article Divine Liturgy for Two Loyal Servants of Nicholas II Performed in Ekaterinburg, published in Royal Russia News on 12th June 2018

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 December 2018