Sergey Nechayev  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Sergey Gennadiyevich Nechayev (or Nyechayev; October 2, 1847 – November 21 or December 3, 1882) was a Russian revolutionary associated with the Nihilist movement and known for his single-minded pursuit of revolution by any means necessary, including terrorism. He was the author of the radical Catechism of a Revolutionary.

He fled Russia in 1869 after having been involved in the murder of a former comrade. Complicated relationships with fellow revolutionaries caused him to be expelled from the First International. Arrested in Switzerland in 1872, he was sent back to Russia, received a 20-year sentence and died in prison.

The character Pyotr Verkhovensky in Dostoyevsky's anti-nihilistic novel, Demons, is based on Nechayev.

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