Pushkin, the Tsar and the Decembrist Revolt

On this date 185 years ago, some 3,000 Russians revolted against Tsar Nicholas I in the Decembrist Uprising. Like most insurrections aimed at reforming the Russian government, it failed miserably.

It could have also cost the country its greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, had he not already gotten himself in trouble with the tsar’s government prior to the rebellion. 

The Decembrist Revolt came about after liberal-minded Russian army officers became concerned when Constantine, in line for the Romanov throne following the death of Alexander I in November 1825, chose to marry a commoner and relinquished his claim to the crown.

Not only was Nicholas seen as being more conservative than Constantine, Alexander’s abdication note was only made public after his death in 1831. The confusion left many rebels feeling that Nicholas had cheated Constantine out of the throne.

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