Exile, Murder and Madness in Siberia, 1823–61 by Andrew A. Gentes

By Andrew A. Gentes

Regardless of experiences of exile proving disastrous to the quarter, 300,000 Russian matters, from political dissidents to the aged and mentally disabled, have been deported to Siberia from 1823-61. Their tales of actual and mental ache, heroism and private resurrection, are mentioned during this compelling heritage of tsarist Siberian exile.

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By Andrew A. Gentes

Regardless of experiences of exile proving disastrous to the quarter, 300,000 Russian matters, from political dissidents to the aged and mentally disabled, have been deported to Siberia from 1823-61. Their tales of actual and mental ache, heroism and private resurrection, are mentioned during this compelling heritage of tsarist Siberian exile.

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However, far from being an inert referent for statistical analysis, society responded with counterconduct, which was itself empowered by the state’s hegemonizing activities. * * * A major question throughout this book is why, if exile was so evidently unsuccessful, was it not abolished? To answer this in terms of epistemology—because repudiation of the hallowed tradition of exile threatened the monarch himself. 63 “The prince should exercise his authority boldly, lest chaos and criminality thrive,” writes Jean Bethke Elshtain in Sovereignty.

22 Nicholas backed up these words with brute force. The army ruthlessly crushed peasant rebellions while military courts summarily punished civilians who fit into any of 41 separate categories. Military tribunals operating under field regulations that allowed execution of the condemned within 48 hours were supposed to be disbanded after 1815 but became a permanent fixture in 1831, and field regulations were thereafter routinely used. ” As we shall see, within Siberia as well, everyone from high officials to fugitive penal laborers contributed to strategies of antidisciplinary behavior in the face of St Petersburg’s onslaught.

In September 1828 Eastern Siberia governorgeneral Aleksandr S. Lavinskii ordered all those exiled for counterfeiting assigned to Zabaikal´e. His subordinate, Irkutsk governor Ivan B. ” Chinese officials were being reasonable, but he feared attitudes might change depending on China’s internal affairs. Tseidler opined that because they were being assigned to a region foreign to their lifestyles Caucasians were trying to escape to the mountains while others were seeking freedom on the Kirgiz Steppe, where, however, “Mongols” were forcing them back into Russia.

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