Date of Birth: 03/27/1836
Born in Nizhny Novgorod in the family of a deacon. He graduated from Nizhny Novgorod controller (1850), Nizhny Novgorod DS (1856) and Kazan DA (1860), Master of Theology. Was appointed to the chair of philosophy and logic in Samara DC, where in 1861 he was transferred to Kazan YES, first at the Department of Mathematics, and a year later - at the Department of Russian history. After the separation of the latter to the chair of church history and the history of the Department of Civil, he continued teaching at the Department of Church History (until 1895 as a staff and supernumerary professor until 1896). In addition, since 1865, in different times he taught the historical-philological faculty of Kazan University, in the district school of spiritual department and Rodionovskaya in-ones for Noble Maidens, worked in the library CDA, where he headed the rich collection of the Solovetsky Monastery books (transported here in in 1855 during the Crimean war, in view of the danger of the invasion of the British fleet to the north of the Russian Empire), he was editor and censor the academic journal "Orthodox interlocutor."
In his works, he was able to connect the objective documentary-scientific approach szhivostyu judgment and availability of presentation. Znamensky wide fame brought his main scientific work "A Guide to the Russian Church History" (1870, 1876, 1880, 1886, 1888), the award-winning Metropolitan Macarius. Subsequently, this book became the property of the school`s committee of the Holy Synod and after Znamensky made - taking into account the synodal curriculum - amendment was published as "Tutorial Russian Church History" (1896, 1904). In the first half of 1870 for work "Parish clergy with the reforms of Peter the times" was awarded the degree of Doctor of the Church`s history. In 1892 he was elected an honorary member of the Kazan University and Moscow University Press, on the proposal Kluchevsky historian, brought him honoris causa doctorate degree in Russian history. December 5. elected a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences of the XYZ in the department of Russian language and literature. He was an honorary doctor of 4 Spiritual Academies, a member of several scientific societies. From 1875 to 1880 he was in correspondence with the writer Nikolai Leskov, Celebrating the dignity of historical works Znamenskoye.
Znamenskiyvsegda remained deeply religious, orthodox man. Childlike faith in the triumph of orthodoxy and spiritual and moral rebirth of the Russian people has become one of the main reasons that led it under the banner of the Kazan temperance, and the right-monarchist movement. Prof. Znamenskiy was elected an honorary member of the Kazan Society of Sobriety. January 11. In 1906 he became a member KORS and 22 January. He was elected comrade. chairman of the right-monarchist organization (presumably served to 27 September. 1906), repeatedly (including in 1906 and 1908) was elected to the Board of Corso. In addition, the Sign has been one of the instigators and the most active members of the Kazan "Brotherhood of St. Guria" missionary social organizations, the primacy of which at the beginning of the XX century. I am playing one of the leaders of the local Black Hundred movement bishop. Andrew (Vol. Ukhtomskiy).
During the period of the elections in the State Duma Znamenskii I was included in the list of electors from the United Council of tsarist-Russian People`s Society, and the Society KORS churchwardens and parish trustees of Kazan. During the election campaign in Kazan in the II State. Duma it the first number on the "third part" entered in the "List of electors to the State Duma of the Russian people."
In subsequent years, mention of politics is already at an advanced age Znamenskoye hardly traceable. However, it is known that he continue to remain actively seized of science and historical and literary activities. So, in 1910 in Kazan left his ethnographic research "Kazan Tatars", full of hard-hitting observation both on the part of the national character and way of life of the Tatars themselves and in relation to the activity of Orthodox missionaries among them. It Znamenskii, in particular, noted that: "On some Russification of the Tartars now while there can be no question. Christian mission completely paralyzed Mohammedanism environment. "
Znamenskii died at his home in Kazan, who before his death (along with a rich library) bequeathed to Kazan YES. Buried in the cemetery is located on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin Spaso-Preobrazhensky monastery, destroyed in Soviet times.