The Kutuzovs are an ancient noble dynasty, listed in the Velvet Book. The dynasty gave the world many famous persons in the field of diplomacy, public administration, military, science, art and spirituality. At present time Kutuzovs reside in 48 countries of the world.
Originally, the Kutuzov dynasty came from Prussia, a region which had long-lasting historical connections with Germany. In Russia, Kutuzov family is presented since the beginning of XII century (and, perhaps, even earlier). The historiographers debate over the ethnical origins of earlier Kutuzovs. According to one approach, first Kutuzovs are ethnic Old Prussians who relocated to Russia because of crusade invasion in Prussian region in XIII century by the Teutonic Order. Under another approach, supported by historiographers of the Russian Empire Fyodor Sinelnikov and Nikolay Dubinin, Kutuzovs come from Slavic tribe of rus from Visla river in Prussia.
Russian chronicles contain the lineage of Kutuzovs in the earlier Russian lands, also called Novgorod Rus. A person named Radsha was the first mentioned ancestor of future Kutuzov dynasty. The Velvet Book provides the following description: "From Germans came Radsha, And Radsha had a son Yakun, and Yakun had a son Alexa, and Alexa had a son Gavrilo Alexich" .
Gavrila Alexich, a grand-grandchild of Ragsha, was a prominent warlord, who participated in the Battle on the Neva on June 15, 1240. In XVI century Kutuzov dynasty split into three branches: Fyodor Alexandrovich Kutuzov became the ancestor of the senior branch of the Kutuzovs. Grigory Alexandrovich Kutuzov Gorbaty bacame the ancestor of the second branch, which extinct in the 16th century. Danila Ananievich became founder of the junior branch of the Kutuzovs.
In the middle of XIV century Golenishchev-Kutuzov branch emerged. Golenishchev-Kutuzovs branch gave the world many bright personalities, such as Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov, a military vis-a-vis of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Ilya Golenishchev-Kutuzov.
The Kutuzov family is included in the VI, I, III and II parts of the genealogical books of the Novgorod, Pskov, Ryazan and Tver provinces (Gerbovnik, V, 17).
Valentina Kutuzova and Viacheslav Kutuzov belong to the senior branch of Kutuzovs.
Coat of arms of Kutuzov dynasty
Earlier lineage of Kutuzov Dynasty
Etymology of Kutuzov family name
The etymology of the word kutuz is debated. The most common interpretation of the name Kutuzov was provided by the Soviet historian professor N.A. Baskakov. In his monograph “Russian Surnames of Turkic Origin”, Baskakov gives the following elucidation of Kutuzov family name:
The surname Kutuzov is based on either the Russian word kutuz 1. ‘pillow on which lace is woven’; 2. in the Kostroma region. 'knot, things in a knot' [Dal, II, p. 227], or, more likely, the nickname Kutuz, which goes back to the Türkic word, found in Turkish qutuz ~ quduz in the meaning of 'mad, quick-tempered, excited' .
Our thorough and extensive research showed that the first meaning (slavic language origin of Kutuzov) is more likely. We provide our arguments in the article "To the question of the origin of the name Kutuzov".
About Viacheslav Kutuzov
Viacheslav S. Kutuzov is an international taxation expert based in New York city, whose main practice focuses on elimination of double taxation between U.S. and post-Soviet countries, international tax planning and reporting. Mr. Kutuzov also licensed by the State of New York as a foreign legal consultant for Russia.
Since 2017, Mr. Kutuzov is an active philanthrope and a public activist. In August of 2020 Mr. Kutuzov established Viacheslav Kutuzov Foundation of Political Studies Ltd., which is a non-for-profit organization, whose mission consist in studying political affairs of the post-Soviet states, researching the ways of developing democratic political climate, statistical analysis of the politically important factors, promotion of political science, giving expert opinion to the U.S. and international authorities and organizations, providing expert advice on the political affairs of the post-Soviet states, giving public lectures and workshops on political science and immigration topics, raising funds for funding researches and grants in the field of political science, making contributions to other non-for-profit organizations, engaged in political and social studies, representing individuals in immigration proceedings.
Mr. Kutuzov was born in 1988 in the USSR (contemporary the Russian Federation) in the Senior branch of Kutuzov Dynasty, which commences its presence in Russia since XII century and partly intersects with German aristocracy.
In 2011, after 5 years of study he graduated from Law Faculty of the National Research University Higher School of Economics with the specialist of law degree. In 2014 Mr. Kutuzov accomplished his postgraduate studies from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University).
Currently, Mr. Kutuzov is the main trustee of Kutuzov House, a not-profit international organization, which aims to unite the descendants of Kutuzov house and to share its cultural legacy worldwide.
Besides his taxation practice Mr. Kutuzov actively invests in the pieces of art and wine. Most of his investment assets are purchased from private collections and famous auctions.
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