WE are again in St. Petersburg. I was pursued; I had the police at my heels. Twice I had to change my lodgings, and my passport.
I could not, however, quit the capital for any provincial town. I had a post which I could not leave to anyone, and then I was so fond of that city with its volcanic throbbings and its nervous and ardent life, under an aspect cold and calm.
I hoped that the storm, which from time to time bursts over almost all the 'illegal' men, would after a while subside of itself, and that I should weather it, with a slight increase of precaution in my own house, without needing to have recourse to the 'Ukrivateli.'
But what are these 'Ukrivateli'?
They are a very large class, composed of people in every position, beginning with the aristocracy and the upper middle class, and reaching even to the minor officials in every branch of the Government service, including the police, who, sharing the revolutionary ideas, take no active part in the struggle, for various reasons, but, making use of their social position, lend
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Publication information: Book title: Underground Russia:Revolutionary Profiles and Sketches from Life. Contributors: Stepniak - Author. Publisher: C. Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1883. Page number: 166.
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