Andrei Presniakov

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Presniakov, Andrei Korneevich


Born 1856 in Oranienbaum, now Lomonosov; died Nov. 4 (16), 1880. Russian revolutionary, Narodnik (Populist). Son of a palace watchman.

In 1875, Presniakov left the St. Petersburg Teachers’ Institute and became a metal worker in St. Petersburg plants. In 1876–77, together with S. N. Khalturin and K. A. Ivanainen, he participated in organizing workers’ circles in St. Petersburg. Presniakov was one of the organizers of the Kazan Demonstration of 1876. He was a member of Land and Liberty. Arrested on Oct. 4, 1877, he escaped in April 1878 and lived for nearly a year in Paris and London. After returning to Russia in 1879, Presniakov aligned himself with the People’s Will organization. He was arrested on July 24, 1880, in St. Petersburg and tried in the Trial of the 16. Together with A. A. Kviatkovskii, he was hanged in the Peter and Paul Fortress.


“Kazn’ Kviatkovskogo i Presniakova.” Byloe, 1917, nos. 5–6. Volk, S. S. Narodnaia volia, 1879–1882. Moscow-Leningrad, 1966.
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