Irkutsk, Russia House belonging to a member of the Decemberists following their relocation and subsequent indentured servitude in the region. It is now a museum chronicling their story of attempted revolution, and the lives that they lived following their exile to Siberia. The stories of the courageous women that forsook their noble status to follow their husbands into exile was particularly moving. Not because any sense of obligation, but because of a determination and choice to pursue the lives that they had decided upon despite the significant disadvantages. It takes a strong person to survive the conditions that the Decemberists were forced into after being exiled; and it takes an ever *stronger* person to willingly choose to face those conditions.

Irkutsk, Russia

House belonging to a member of the Decemberists following their relocation and subsequent indentured servitude in the region. It is now a museum chronicling their story of attempted revolution, and the lives that they lived following their exile to Siberia.

The stories of the courageous women that forsook their noble status to follow their husbands into exile was particularly moving. Not because any sense of obligation, but because of a determination and choice to pursue the lives that they had decided upon despite the significant disadvantages. It takes a strong person to survive the conditions that the Decemberists were forced into after being exiled; and it takes an ever *stronger* person to willingly choose to face those conditions.