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Sergey Stepnyak-Kravchinsky

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Sergey Mikhaylovich Stepnyak-Kravchinsky (Серге́й Миха́йлович Степня́к-Кравчи́нский; July 1, 1851 – 23 December 1895), known in the 19th century London revolutionary circles as Sergius Stepniak, was a Ukrainian revolutionary mainly known for assassinating General Nikolai Mezentsov, the chief of Russia's Gendarme corps and the head of the country's secret police, with a dagger in the streets of St Petersburg in 1878. Early life Stepniak was the son of an army doctor and of a noblewoman, born July 1 (O.S.; July 13 N.S.), 1851 in Novy Starodub (then part of the Alexandrovsky Uyezd, Kherson Governorate of Ukraine). He received a liberal education, and when he left school, he went on to attend Military academy and graduate from the Mikhailovsky Artillery Institute before joining the Imperial Russian army. He reached the rank of second lieutenant before resigning his commission in 1871. Revolutionary life His sympathy lay with the peasants, among whom he had lived duri
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