Savva Morozov

A Russian businessman and philanthropist

Savva Morozov, 1905
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Savva Morozov came from an Old Believer merchant family. He studied physics and mathematics at Moscow University (1885), in 1885 — 1887 studied chemistry at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), at the same time familiarising himself with the organisation of the textile factories in Great Britain.

According to the author Suzanne Massie, in Land Of The Firebird, Morozov had approached his mother and family matriarch about introducing profit sharing with factory workers, one of the first industrialists to propose such an idea.

Savva Morozov, 1905
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His mother angrily removed Savva from the family business and one month later apparently despondent Morozov shot himself while in the south of France.

Morozov died from a gunshot wound in Cannes, France. His death was officially ruled a suicide; however, various murder theories exist.

Morozov family tombs are protected by an elaborate steel canopy. Largest tomb belongs to Timofey Savvich Morozov (d.1889) and Maria Fedorovna Morozova. The last Morozov was buried here in 2005.
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Influenced by Maxim Gorky he became a significant funder of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Workers Party including the newspaper Iskra.

He married his nephew's wife Zinaida.

Years of life: 15 February [O.S. 3 February] 1862, Orekhovo-Zuevo, Podolsky district, Russian Empire - 26 May [O.S. 13 May] 1905, Cannes, France

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Savva Timofeyevich Morozov
Russian: Са́вва Тимофе́евич Моро́зов