Narodnaya Volya  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Narodnaya Volya (Народная Воля in Russian, known as People’s Will in English) was a Russian organization; it was a supporter of the political struggle against autocracy. It created a centralized, well disguised, and most significant organization in a time of diverse liberation movements in Russia. Narodnaya Volya was led by its Executive Committee: Alexander Mikhailov, Aleksandr Kvyatkovsky, Andrei Zhelyabov, Sophia Perovskaya, Vera Figner, Nikolai Morozov, Mikhail Frolenko, Lev Tikhomirov, Alexander Barannikov, Anna Yakimova, Maria Oshanina and others.

The Executive Committee was in charge of a network of local and special groups (composed of workers, students, and members of the military). In 18791883, Narodnaya Volya had affiliates in almost 50 cities, especially in Ukraine and the Volga region. Though the number of its members never exceeded 500, Narodnaya Volya had a few thousand followers.

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