Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art


The Head of the Presidential Heraldic Council, Chief Herald of Russia; State Hermitage Deputy Director for Research.

Georgy Vilinbakhov has worked at the Hermitage from 1969. From 1970 he was appointed curator of banners and military graphics.

In 1971 he graduated from Faculty of History, Leningrad State University. In August 1992 he was appointed Deputy Director for research.

From 1999 he is in charge as the Chief Herald of Russia.

In 2003 he finished his doctoral dissertation “State heraldry in Russia: theory and practise”.

Georgy Vilinbakhov took part in elaborating the law on state symbols.


He lectured at University of Tartu, Herzen State Pedagogical university in St.Petersburg (modules “History of Russian culture”, “History of St. Petersburg”, subsidiary historical disciplines). Runs a module on heraldry at St. Petersburg State university. Georgy Vilinbakhov is the Head of the Department of Heraldic Art at Stieglitz State Art and Industry Academy.


  • “Government Achievement award” III class (15 January 2010)

  • “Government Achievement award” IV class (13 April 1999)

  • Merit Award (30 May 1997)

  • Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (11 January 2001)

  • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (2005)

  • Chevalier of the National Order of Merit (France, 2005)

  • Officer of the National Order of Merit (France, 2011)

  • Medal “In memory of the 300thanniversary of St. Petersburg”

  • Medal “In memory of the 1000thanniversary of Kazan”

Georgy Vilinbakhov has got more than 150 publications on history of Russian culture, military history and heraldry.