Imprisoned Twenty Years (Vera Figner, 1904)

IMPRISONED TWENTY YEARS

Czar Banishes Desperate Woman Nihilist to Archangel

By Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Nov. 8.—Mary Figner, who has been confined to the Schlusselburg fortress for twenty years, has been released and banished to Archangel, northern Russia. The woman was condemned to life imprisonment for participating in Nihilist conspiracies.

She waved her handkerchief as a signal indicating the approach of Alexander II when he was assassinated here in 1881.

As the woman still shows desperate nihilistic sentiments she has now been banished.


“Imprisoned Twenty Years,” Los Angeles Herald 32 no. 39 (November 9, 1904): 11.

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