Mock execution of Petrashevsky Circle's members

03 January, Saturday

On January 3, 1850 (December 22, 1849) 20 members of a subversive organisation called «Petrashevsky Circle» were sentenced to death

The memebers of the organisation, that was headed by Mikhail Petrashevsky, were sent to Semonov-Plaz from Peter and Paul Fortress. Among the accused stood the young engineering lieutenant Fyodor Dostoevsky, who by the time had already successfully begun his career as a writer. Right after the announcement of the verdict a carriage rushed onto the Plaz, and an officer declared, that the death sentence had been replaced for all of them with penal colony.

January 3, 1850
  • Address: St. Petersburg, Zayachy ostrov
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