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Tsar Alexander II of the Russian Empire emancipated the serfs on this date in 1861—a feat for which he came to be known as Alexander the Liberator.  There is a also a good deal of speculation that it was his liberal hand that led directly to the growth of terrorist organizations among his people and ultimately to his assassination on March 13, 1881.  His son and successor, Alexander III, was not so foolish (and, for all intents and purposes, his son, Nicholas II, paid that price).

Stamp details:
Top left:
Issued on: January 2, 1913
From: St. Petersburg, Russia
SC #89

Top right:
Issued on: May 12, 1929
From: Sofia, Bulgaria
SC #222

Middle stamps and stamp on bottom:
Issued on: March 28, 2005
From: St. Petersburg, Russia
SG #1243-1246, BL76


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