February 20, 2020 will be 100th anniversary of the creator of the world's best sniper rifle, Evgeny Fedorovich Dragunov. Until now, historians have covered only the Izhevsk roots of the famous designer, given that his parents divorced and mother Zinaida Konstantinovna and his grandmother Elena Ivanovna Sokovikova, native Izhevsk were traditionally educated by Yevgeny. Based on the materials first introduced into circulation, the authors describe the biographies of members of the Dragunov family, drawing parallels and continuity of the profession of designer in this family, substantiate the version of the birth of Evgeny Fedorovich and the first years of his life in Votkinsk. As a result of studying materials from the General Census of the Russian Empire in 1897 and archival memoirs of members of the Dragunov’s family, as well as field surveys of all stone buildings located on Robespierre Street, were preserved m the second half of the XIX century and the beginning of the trading shop XX century Dragunov’s family. A study suggests expanding the established view of the origin of Yevgeny Fedorovich Dragunov and initiates the creation of the Dragunov’s family museum in Votkinsk, as well as renaming Robespierre Street to Dragunovs Street.
Source: Olga Yu. Larionova, Sergey K. Prostnev (2019). Votkinsk’s Roots of the Gunsmith Yevgeny Fedorovich Dragunov. Journal of International Network Center for Fundamental and Applied Research. 6(1): 32-44
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