Hi - I'm interested in finding more information on my great grandfather, Ilya (Ewel) Esterkin who owned the Shustov vodka distillery in St. Petersburg - up until 1918. The family lived on Nevsky Prospect - and Ilya was taken hostage and put in prison when a remote cousin, Leonid Kannegisser assassinated Uritsky, the Bolshevik head of the secret police in August 1918. Ilya was a member of the Discount Committee of the Stock Exchange. He represented the Discount Committee of Brewers. Gerasimov, the general secretary of the Trade Union of Food and Drink organised safe passage for the family out of Russia in 1918. I believe the Shustov vodka distillery was nationalised in 1926.