Pavel Pestel (1793-1826) was the key figure in the Decembrist's Southern Society and author of "Russian Justice", Russia's first republican manifesto. He was executed in St Petersburg for his leading role in the 1825 conspiracy against tsarist autocracy. This study of Pestel focuses on his highly original manifesto and analyses his ideological contribution to the Russian revolutionary movement and re-appraises his controversial role in the Decembrist secret societies.
PATRICK O'MEARA is Associate Professor of Russian at Trinity College Dublin. He is a fellow of TCD and has held visiting fellowships at the Kennan Institute, Washington DC, the Australian National University, Canberra, and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He is the author of K. F. Ryleev: A Political Biography of the Decembrist Poet and Editor-Translator of S. M. Soloviev: History of Russia: Empress Elizabeth, 1741-44.