Dmitry Karakozov on his way to the scaffold. Sketch accidentally made by Ilya Repin. 1866.
Karakozov was the first revolutionary who attempted to kill the tsar. He fired to Alexander II while he was walking in the Summer Garden in St. Petersburg. The attempt was failed because of peasant Osip Komissarov, a man from the crowd watching tsar’s stroll, who jostled Karakozov’s elbow just before the shot, so he missed. Karakozov was arrested and put into trial.
This nobleman explained his act as a sacrifice to people (peasantry). He wrote: “I have decided to destroy the evil Tsar, and to die for my beloved people.”
Karakozov was hanged on September 3, 1866. He believed that his death would be an inspiration to the future revolutionaries.