Saint Petersburg University
Having graduated from the 1st Gymnasium in Kazan, Fyodor Dmitrievich enrolled in the Saint Petersburg University and joined its history and philology faculty which he graduated in 1880. Several years later, after a trip abroad, he became the Petersburg University professor.
In the 1890s Fyodor Dmitrievich contributed regularly to "Vestnik Evropy", "Zhurnal Dlya Vsekh", "Novaya Zhyzn", "Vseobshchy Zhurnal", later to "Rech" newspaper. In 1897-1898 he was an editor of "Kosmopolis" (Russian section), then joined "Mir Bozhy" of which he was a head in 1902-1906. "Mir Bozhy" was closed after the publication of a Vyborg proclamation ("To the people from the People's representatives") and there was a case opened against Fyodor Dmitrievich in court.
Fyodor Dmitrievich regularly reviewed theatre productions and in 1917 became a head of the Saint Petersburg State Theatres committee before being fired by Lunacharsky.
Fyodor Dmitrievich died in 1920 in poverty and was buried at the Nikolskoe Cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.