Vera Figner

1852 - 1942

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Vera Nikolayevna Figner Filippova (Russian: Ве́ра Никола́евна Фи́гнер Фили́ппова; 1852–1942) was a prominent Russian revolutionary political activist. Born in Kazan Governorate, Russian Empire, into a noble family of German and Russian descent, Figner was a leader of the clandestine Narodnaya Volya (People's Will) group, which advocated the use of terror to achieve a revolutionary overthrow of the government, Figner was a participant in planning the successful assassination of Alexander II in 1881. Figner was later arrested and spent 20 months in solitary confinement prior to trial, at which she was sentenced to death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vera Figner has received more than 76,159 page views. Her biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Vera Figner is the 226th most popular social activist (up from 234th in 2019), the 736th most popular biography from Russia and the 14th most popular Russian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Vera Figner ranks 226 out of 544Before her are Joe Hill, Jesse Jackson, Serge Klarsfeld, Jan Gotlib Bloch, Eglantyne Jebb, and David Riazanov. After her are Alexander Antonov, Ryszard Siwiec, Ludolf von Alvensleben, Anna Hazare, Diana Budisavljević, and Rajendra K. Pachauri.

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Among people born in 1852, Vera Figner ranks 47Before her are I. L. Peretz, Théophile Delcassé, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, Leopoldo Alas, John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, and Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg. After her are Joseph Freinademetz, Infanta Maria das Neves of Portugal, William Stewart Halsted, Arnold Toynbee, Max von Gallwitz, and Dục Đức. Among people deceased in 1942, Vera Figner ranks 85Before her are Wilbur Scoville, Leonid Kulik, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Henk Sneevliet, Dorando Pietri, and Heber Doust Curtis. After her are Yuri Kondratyuk, Titus Brandsma, A. E. Waite, Walther von Lüttwitz, Konstantin Balmont, and Charlie Christian.

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Among people born in Russia, Vera Figner ranks 736 out of 2,688Before her are Olga Rozanova (1886), Olga Rubtsova (1909), Boris Stürmer (1848), Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia (1586), Alexander Yakovlev (1923), and Tatiana Samoilova (1934). After her are Oleg Yefremov (1927), Georgy Shpagin (1897), Boris Asafyev (1884), Sergei Novikov (1938), Mikhail Fradkov (1950), and Viktor Gorbatko (1934).


Among social activists born in Russia, Vera Figner ranks 14Before her are Maria Spiridonova (1884), Ilya Ulyanov (1831), Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov (1890), Vladimir Bukovsky (1942), Sophia Perovskaya (1853), and Nikolai Kuznetsov (1911). After her are Alexander Antonov (1889), Tatyana Baramzina (1919), Zinaida Portnova (1926), Feodosia Morozova (1632), Pavel Pestel (1793), and Natalya Estemirova (1958).