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Suspected Nihilists (Olga Ivanovsky, 1890)

Suspected Nihilists.

St. Petersburg, Dec. 9—The woman now on trial for connection with the nihilist conspiracies is a niece of Privy Councilor Illinsky, Director of the Holy Synod. Her name is Olga Ivanowsky. Several high ecclesiastical officials are Involved and startling developments are expected.

“Suspected Nihilists,” San Francisco Call 69 no. 10 (December 10, 1890): 1.

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A Young Nihilist Woman (Olga Gontcharenko, 1890)


She Kills a Government Officer and Then Commits Suicide.

New York, February 3d.— A letter to the Tribune from St. Petersburg gives the following details of the recent murder of Colonel Solotouchine, Chief of the Secret Police Department of Moscow:

Having received notification that a number of Nihilists were in the habit of holding meetings at the house of M. Audrieff, the Colonel determined to ascertain whether the information was correct. Accordingly, toward 8 o’clock in the evening, he concealed himself in the neighborhood and carefully scanned the faces of all who either entered or left M. Andrieff’s residence.

Several of them he recognized as individuals already under surveillance as dissatisfied characters, and at length he determined to arrest the next person who rang the door-bell. This proved to be a young woman.

He touched her on the arm and she instantly recognized him. Quick as lightning she drew from her pocket a small revolver and fired. The bullet entered his right eye, and, penetrating the brain, killed him on the spot. Then the murderess shot herself through the head. Her dead body was found lying across that of Colonel Solotouchine.

An examination of the papers found on the young girl proved that she was Olga Gontcharenko, 19 years of age, and the only daughter of the Director of the Government telegraphs at Moscow.

Within a couple of hours afterward M. Andrieff’s house was raided by the authorities, but no one was found there.

“A Young Nihilist Woman,” Sacramento Daily Union 62 no. 142 (February 4, 1890): 5.

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Beautiful Nihilist Girl (Olga Gontcharenko, 1890)


Implicated in the Plot Against the Czar’s Life, Shoots a Policeman and Then Herself.

St. Petersburg, Jan 11.—In following up the plots of the Nihilists in Warsaw the secret police discovered evidence implicating in the conspiracy against the life of the Czar, Olga Goutsehaunko, a young and beautiful girl, connected with prominent Russian families. Yesterday the chief of police went to her house to arrest her, when the girl, suddenly drawing a revolver, shot him dead. She then turned the pistol upon herself and blew out her own brains.

Manitoba Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada) 16 no. 164 (January 13, 1890): 2.

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