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Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia

Louise McReynolds


How a society defines crimes and prosecutes criminals illuminates its cultural values, social norms, and political expectations. This book draws on a series of murders and subsequent trials that took place in the wake of the 1864 legal reforms enacted by Tsar Alexander II. For the first time in Russian history, the accused were placed in the hands of juries of common citizens in courtrooms that were open to the press. The book reconstructs murders that gripped Russian society, from the case of Andrei Gilevich, who advertised for a personal secretary and beheaded the respondent as a way of perp ... More

Keywords: criminals, criminal prosecution, murders, murder trial, Tsar Alexander II, Russia, criminal trials, crime fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451454
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise McReynolds, author
Professor of History, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill