House from the outside
Sergei Volkonsky was a Decembrist, one of the young officers exiled to
Siberia in 1825 by Nicholas I.
Returning from the Napoleonic Wars they wished to establish a
constitutional monarchy, an idea not to the Tsar's taste.
Many were exiled to this area (at that time a wild and wooly frontier
zone) and their families followed later.
Gradually gathering in Irkutsk they established a cultural oasis in
this area which led to the flowering of Irkutsk's universities.
Irkutsk was a centre of White Russian resistance after the 1917
revolution, not falling to the Bolsheviks until 1920.
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