A Ukrainian and Russian archeologist,a bibliographer, a historian and a specialist in the sphere of the Russian linguistic literature.
Was born on 27th (16 GC) December, 1737 in Nizhyn.
He was a founder of archival, bibliographic case. A member of Russian Academy (1808). The author of over 30 scientific publications.
He graduated from Nizhyn Greek School and studied at Kiev and Moscow Spiritual Academies. From 1762 and till his death he had been working in the archive College (later Ministry) of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, where he rose from the keeper of records to a manager of the archive. He rescued almost all materials from the Moscow archives in a fire in 1812.