After the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, an organization called the “Holy Guard” appeared in Russia, designed to fight the revolutionaries. Among its participants was Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Author of the book “Terrorism in the Russian Empire. Short Course “, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Faculty of Humanities, Director of the Institute of Soviet and Post-Soviet History of the HSE Research Institute Oleg Budnitsky told in an interview with” Lente.ru “about the composer’s participation in the activities of the organization.

The historian emphasized that the initiator of the creation of the organization was the Russian statesman Sergei Witte, but the main role in the formation of the “Holy squad” was played by others. “Tchaikovsky did indeed join the Svyataya Squad, but he did not play any significant role (more precisely, none at all) in its activities. Then it was considered “good form” in the monarchist-minded circles of society, “- said Budnitsky.

The author of the book explained that the foundation of the organization was based on the idea of ​​fighting terrorists by their own methods. This was to be a response to the inaction of the police, who could not cope with the revolutionaries who killed the emperor.

“But nothing came of this venture. About the “Holy squad”, around which a lot of money was spinning, very quickly became quite widely known. Many saw good career opportunities in participating in it. This was also facilitated by the competition of various court groups seeking to influence the Emperor Alexander III, ”the historian added.

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