The Alexander Conspiracy: A Life of A. I. Zhelyabov

The Alexander Conspiracy: A Life of A. I. Zhelyabov

The Alexander Conspiracy: A Life of A. I. Zhelyabov

The Alexander Conspiracy: A Life of A. I. Zhelyabov

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On the afternoon of March 1st, 1881, Alexander the Second, Emperor of Russia, was returning by carriage, with his escort, to the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, from a military parade. Owing to a last-minute change of route, a carefully laid plan by a group of revolutionaries to explode a mine under him had miscarried. But the revolutionaries had provided for this contingency: two of them were waiting for him as he passed, armed with bombs. The first bomb to be thrown left the Emperor uninjured, but fatally wounded a small boy. While the Emperor was inspecting the scene of the explosion, the second conspirator hurled a bomb at his feet. Alexander was mortally injured and survived only for long enough . . .

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