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On February 6, on the fortieth day of the death of the scientific director of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Sergeevich Vasiliev, his friends, colleagues and relatives gathered at the Polytechnic Institute to honor the memory of a dear man.

An exhibition of Yuri Sergeevich’s books and awards was organized in the Semenov hall, and those who came to the meeting recalled the brightest moments of communication with him, told what he was like and what mark he left on their lives.

The first to speak was the rector of SPbPU Andrey Rudskoy. He greeted Yuri Sergeevich’s widow, Lidiya Nikolaevna Vasilyeva, and thanked her for supporting her husband throughout their long life together.

“Yuri Sergeevich supervised me when I was a student, and since then we have walked through life side by side,” shared Andrei Ivanovich. – And it seemed that it would always be like this. I thank God for giving us the happiness of working for so many years with this sunny man, who maintained absolute clarity of mind until his last days. He had thousands of friends not only at our university, this spoke of the breadth of his soul, of deep inner decency and intelligence. Today we remember a man who served Russia all his life, almost a century. God grant that we can give to the Fatherland at least part of what my beloved, respected mentor gave.”

Student Yu. S. Vasilyev, director of the Scientific and Educational Center of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University “Renewable types of energy and installations based on them” Viktor Elistratov recalled that Yuri Sergeevich trained more than 60 candidates of sciences and was a consultant for doctoral dissertations.

“As rector, Yuri Sergeevich came to our laboratory every week, gathered graduate students and found out who was doing what, what problems there were, tried to understand everyone’s interests,” said Viktor Vasilyevich. — Moreover, he never imposed his opinion, but gently and delicately asked what help was needed in preparing the dissertation. But he asked harshly if the postgraduate plan was not fulfilled or the defense deadline was violated. Of course, we will preserve the memory of our teacher, we will always honor him, promote his ideas and research.”

Yuri Sergeevich Vasiliev headed the university for 20 years, including during the difficult period of the early post-Soviet era. Despite the events that shook our country in the nineties of the last century, Yuri Sergeevich did everything to ensure that the Polytechnic University developed: he established international connections, built educational buildings, and opened branches in different cities. The director of the Pskov branch, and then the rector of the Pskov State Polytechnic Institute, was Polytechnic graduate Sergei Verteshev. At the meeting, he handed over to the family of Yuri Sergeevich a letter from the chairman of the Pskov City Duma expressing condolences.

“Residents of the Pskov region have developed a special attitude towards Yuri Sergeevich,” said Sergei Mikhailovich. — He often visited Pskov, carefully watched how the situation developed, he liked the people. And they noted his simplicity, the fact that he was an interesting, meaningful person. They always asked when he would come again. In the memory of Pskov polytechnicians, Yuri Sergeevich will forever remain a wise, kind leader and mentor, who treated us in a fatherly and very friendly manner.”

The host of the event, director of the House of Scientists in Lesnoy, Sergei Prokhorov, added that condolences in connection with the death of Yu. S. Vasiliev came from the President of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the United Russia party, the governor and Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, the Committee on science and higher school of the city, the Rosatom State Corporation, the Russian Academy of Sciences and personally from many academicians, as well as from various higher educational institutions of the country.

The rector of the St. Petersburg Socio-Economic Institute, Elena Kalinina, shared her memories: It seems that just recently we celebrated Yuri Sergeevich’s 90th birthday in this hall. I’m probably one of the few who last saw him; we met on December 26th. We met a long time ago, when Yuri Sergeevich was the secretary of the party committee of the Leningrad Polytechnic University, and I was the secretary of the city Komsomol committee. In difficult moments, I knew that I could always turn to Yuri Sergeevich; his wisdom and experience helped me make the right decision. His life credo was helping people, probably each of us is familiar with this quality of his. Yuri Sergeevich knew how to harmonize relationships, he always wanted to introduce everyone. And it’s very good that Yuri Sergeevich had wonderful women around him – his wife Lidiya Nikolaevna, daughter Ekaterina Yuryevna.

Yuri Sergeevich’s daughter Ekaterina Vasilyeva thanked everyone who came to honor the memory of her father for their help, support and attention.

“It’s difficult to find words that could express the bitterness of our loss,” said Ekaterina Yuryevna. “It’s hard to believe that we are talking about my father in the past tense.” He is always in our memories, hearts and thoughts – so cheerful, able to create an atmosphere of goodwill everywhere. He was so kind that sometimes it seemed to me that he loved not only his loved ones, but all of humanity. At home he was very unpretentious, never demanded anything, and was happy with everything. His main hobby was books. He read a lot – newspapers, magazines, fiction and scientific literature, books on history, geopolitics, which he was interested in. His library numbers more than one thousand volumes. Until his last day he was interested in the affairs of the Polytechnic and the Academy of Sciences. When I heard good news, it was more useful than medicine. Over his long life, he managed to create a unique community of people, I would call it a brotherhood. And he left a piece of his soul to each person from this brotherhood.”

The memory of Yuri Sergeevich Vasiliev will be immortalized in the history of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

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