Dmitrii Lizogub

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Lizogub, Dmitrii Andreevich


Born July 29 (Aug. 10), 1849, in Chernigov Province; died Aug. 10 (22), 1879. Russian revolutionary and Narodnik (Populist). Of gentry origin.

Lizogub studied at the University of St. Petersburg from 1870 to 1874. He turned over his wealth to serve the needs of the revolution. Lizogub took part in the preparations for “going to the people.” During 1873 and 1874 he was one of the Chaikovtsy. In 1876 he became a founding member of Land and Liberty. He carried on propaganda among peasants and workers and collaborated on the journal Vpered! Beginning in 1878, Lizogub advocated a shift from propaganda to terror. He was interrogated in investigations of revolutionary propaganda cases in 1874, 1876, 1877, and 1878. In August 1879 he was sentenced to death and was hanged in Odessa. In revolutionary circles, he had the reputation of a man of ideal morality, a “saint of the revolution.” Lizogub was the hero of L. N. Tolstoy’s short story “The Human and the Divine.”


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