On the day of the execution Ryleyev stood on the gallows, the noose around his neck. The trapdoor opened-but as Ryleyev dangled, the rope broke, dashing him to the ground. At the time, events like this were considered signs of providence or heavenly will, and a man saved from execution this way usually pardoned. As Ryleyev got to his feet, bruised and dirtied but believing his neck had been saved, he called out to the crowd, "You see, in Russia they don't know how to do anything properly, not even how to make rope!"*
At the time, events like this were considered signs of providence or heavenly will, and a man saved from execution this way usually pardoned. [...] A messenger immediately went to the Winter Palace with news of the failed hanging. Vexed by this disappointing turnabout, Nicholas I nevertheless began to sign the pardon. But then: "Did Ryleyev say anything after this miracle?" the czar asked the messenger. "Sire", the messenger replied, "he said that in Russia they don't even know how to make rope". "In that case", said the Czar, "let us prove the contrary," and he tore up the pardon. Ryleyev was executed the next day on July 25, 1826.
beelzbubba: His buddy was busy tying tourniquets around thigh and neck...
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