Voin Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov

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Voin Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian naval officer and captain of the Vostok, a steamship schooner dispatched in 1853 by Yevfimy Vasilyevich Putyatin to Kushunkotan, on Aniva Bay, at the southern end of Sakhalin, to check on fortifications established there by Gennady Nevelskoy, as a means of claiming Sakhalin for Russia and defending that claim against the Japanese.

He was the brother of the famous composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the former Ainu village of Kushunkotan on Sakhalin is today named Korsakov, albeit after someone else, Mikhail Korsakov, who was Governor General of Eastern Siberia at that time.


  • Mitani Hiroshi, David Noble (trans.), Escape from Impasse, International House of Japan (2006), 168.
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