decembrist wife // performance by Josef Ka // Finland March 2019


After the 1825 Decembrist Revolt in the Russian Empire 15 out of 124 Decembrists were convicted of “state crimes” by the Supreme Criminal Court and sentenced to internal exile and sent directly to isolated settlements in Siberia.

Wives of many Decembrists followed their husbands into exile. The expression ‘Decembrist wife’ became a Russian symbol of the devotion of a wife to her husband.

The story of Decembrist wives has, in a certain way become part of my own story….

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