He was the chief engineer of the Southern route of St Petersburg-Moscow railroad.
He travelled with P. Melnikof to the USA in 1839 to inspect the railway facilities. Together they proposed AMW's husband G. W. Whistler to the Russian government as consulting engineer of the St Petersburg and Moscow railroad.
Evelyn Jasiulko-Harden, 'Major George Washington Whistler, Railroad Engineer in Russia: 1842-49,' Ex Oriente Lux, Mélanges, Brussels, 1991, vol. 1, p. 150; A. Parry, Whistler's Father, Indianapolis, 1939, p. 79.