(Vera Nikolayevna Figner, intellectual and revolutionary in tsarist Russia)
After his father’s book on the history of the Czechs and Slovaks, I now have tackled an even more voluminous tome by Hugh Seton-Watson: “The Russian Empire 1801-1917” which was a great read.

Vera Figner is only mentioned in one sentence but she caught my interest because 150 years ago it was not that common that a woman was politically active and even a leader of a radical underground group.
Figner, besides, is interesting because she is a good example by which to discuss the question if and when it is acceptable to use violence for political changes (in her case the assassination of Tsar Alexander II). The one’s hero is the other one’s villain.

Posted on 18 March 2016

Drawing “Figner”