Photo by M. B. Tulinov, Moscow, Russia, 1860s 6.4 х 10.4 cm Nikolai Alexandrovich CHAEV (1824—1914) was a Russian writer and playwright. He graduated from Law School of Moscow University (1850). For a long time, he was director of the Kremlin Armory Chamber in Moscow. His writing career started in 1859. In 1874, he helped found Society for Russian Drama Playwrights. After Alexander Ostrovsky’s death, Chaev became repertory director of Moscow Theaters.