A tough bunch: peasant revolutionaries in the early 1900s

I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of these guys and meet them in a dark alley, or rather a moonlit field:

To top it off, they were actually elected to the Second Duma, despite the tsar’s best efforts to avoid these types getting in at all (it was stacked in favour of the ‘Black Hundreds’ et al). Why aren’t parliaments like this today, with people there solely for the purpose of using them as a platform to spread the revolutionary word?

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