Tsar Alexander II (1855-1881)- Alexander the Liberator
Opposition to Alexander II saw a possibility for further reform and were willing to use extremist tactics in order to achieve their ends. Opposition ranged from:
- Mildly behaved Zemstva, containing many of the Liberal minded intelligensia.
- Student Radicals
- Small businessmen
- Prosperous peasants
- Kulaks, who had obtained their freedom, were more resentful of the remaining restrictions
Due to relaxed censorship, opposition to the Tsar could be reported more freely. This resulted in a restriction of publications once more in the late 1870s, further creating another source of discontent.
- Despite being a relatively small group of people (1.1% of nobility), the influence of the Intelligensia grew in the 1870s. The development of the law courts, as a result of reform, produced a crop of trained lawyers who were ready to question autocratic practises.
- Additionally, the development of…