Aleksandr Kviatkovskii

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Kviatkovskii, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich


Born January 1853, in Tomsk; died Nov. 4 (16), 1880. Russian revolutionary, Narodnik (Populist), and member of the Executive Committee of the People’s Will.

Kviatkovskii was born into a gentry family. From 1874 to 1875 he studied at the St. Petersburg Technological Institute. He was an active participant in the “going to the people” movement in Tula, Nizhny Novgorod, and Voronezh provinces from 1874 to the beginning of 1879. In 1876 he played a prominent role in the creation of the Land and Freedom organization. A member of the terrorist group Svoboda ili Smert’ (Freedom or Death), he participated in the Lipetsk and Voronezh congresses and was one of the founders of the People’s Will. From September to November 1879 he was in charge of the press on Sapernyi Lane and maintained contact between the Executive Committee and S. N. Khalturin during the preparations for setting off a bomb in the Winter Place. Arrested on Nov. 24, 1879, Kviatkovskii was convicted in 1880 at the Trial of the 16, which involved members of the People’s Will. He was executed in the Peter and Paul Fortress.


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