The assassination of Alexander II: the place outside the Winter Palace is strewn with corpses and debris of the …

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The assassination of Alexander II: the place outside the Winter Palace is strewn with corpses and debris of the bomb-explosion, while Alexander emerges alive from his coach. Lithograph. Alexander II (1818–1881), emperor of Russia (1855–1881). Inspired by his liberal education and by distress at the outcome of the Crimean war, which had demonstrated Russia's backwardness, he entered a great programme of domestic reforms, including the emancipation of serfs in 1861. A period of repression after 1866 led to the resurgence of revolutionary terrorism and to Alexander's own assassination. In March 1881 he was mortally wounded by bombs in a plot sponsored by People's Will. Work ID: zeegw4pb.

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