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Portrait length color image of Yemelyan Pugachev aka. Емелья́н Ива́нович Пугачёв, by George Stuart.

Yemelyan Pugachev

Portrait by
artist-historian George Stuart.

Courtesy Museum of Ventura County.
Left close up color image of Yemelyan Pugachev aka. Емелья́н Ива́нович Пугачёв, by George Stuart.gray spacerRight closup color image of Yemelyan Pugachev aka. Емелья́н Ива́нович Пугачёв, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Yemelyan Pugachev aka. Емелья́н Ива́нович Пугачёв, by George Stuart.

Charismatic bandit and strongman who captured the hearts of the outcasts.

He was a Don Cossack with a compelling nature who gathered a vast army of misfits, renegades, and runaway serfs and confronted the Imperial armies of Catherine the Great. His was the largest rebellion of the 17th century in Russia. He claimed to be Catherine’s murdered husband, Emperor Peter III, come to overthrow the German-born Empress and restore “himself” to his rightful throne. He was eventually brought down, tried for treason and executed.

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