Our Team (1899-2019+)

Young Nazmi Chief Executive interviewed in 2009 on local TV

Nazmi Akdin

Chief Executive – Translator – Typesetter – Curator

When the opportunity to bring this visionary editing house back on track was brought to me I had no hesitation as it had given me one of the best life changing books I have read to-day:
“The kingdom of God is within you”

As a free software & society advocate, I had started “Pirate Editions” to help people print books back in 2017. We can all read, write, store and print plenty of text with computers, yet the edition of binded volumes still remains in the hands of a few.
It is harmful to book readers and writers alike, not to mention the free speech issues of having people choosing what is published and what is not.

The printing press allowed us to be readers, it’s time we all be authors.


Founder Vladimir Chertkov Portrait by Ilya Repin

Vladimir Chertkov

Historical Chief Executive – Founder – Curator

Exiled to England in 1899 and deemed to be more tolstoyan than Tolstoy himself, he is the reason this house exists. As soon as he arrived, he set himself to printing books in russian, and finding translators for Tolstoy’s writings to spread progressive ideas globally.

He remains a very controversial character as he was a very tough director to his colleagues, leading to Arthur Fifield leaving The Free Age Press under the pressure and expectancies. Also his life long quarrel with Tolstoy’s wife, on the matter of copyright as well as when he lived with other Tolstoy’s friends in the Yasnia Poliana homestead, preaching a simple life and criticizing her ways while being an aristocrat as well and also living at her expense in her home. Lastly his relation to the soviet revolutionaries after Tolstoy’s death and the free age press’ first demise has also led to controversies as he started altering Tolstoy’s teaching to fit the Soviet antichristian agenda.

Louise and Aylmer Maude couple in front of a binded book circa 1900

Aylmer & Louise Maude


Close friends to Tolstoy, they

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy with walking stick, fur hat and backpack, walking on a dirt path

Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Fiction and non-fiction Author – Philosopher – Non-violence and social justice advocate


Countess Sophia Andréïevna Behrs Tolstoy

Curator  of Tolstoy’s fiction works such as War And Peace – Wife – Estate manager

Arthur C. Fifield

Translator – Curator – Typesetter
If you have a photograph of him please contact us!

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