245 years ago this week, on January 10, 1775, the rebel Yemelyan Pugachev was executed in Moscow.
Pugachov claimed to be Peter III (the husband that Catherine the Great had overthrown), and his band of rebel cossacks burned estates, robbed nobles and civil servants, and hanged them without trial.
The revolt shattered what little stock Catherine the Great (she, lover of monarch) put in democratic reforms, while also exposing local government weaknesses. After crushing the riots Catherine set about reforming local governing bodies. From above, of course.
Rubbing Salt in Peasants' Wounds
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