The anthem of the Petrashevsky Circle, a socialist group in the Russian Empire from 1845 to 1849. The group was dissolved when the members were arrested under the orders of the tsar. Lenin would later acknowledge the group as the first of the socialist intelligentsia in Russia. The anthem itself was written by one of its members, Aleksey Pleshcheyev, to the tune of "La Marseillaise" in 1846. Following the Russian Revolution, the "Russian Marseillaise" came to be sung alongside the more famous "Worker's Marseillaise" and others such as a "Soldier's Marseillaise" and a "Peasant's Marseillaise".
Performer: Ukrainian Folk Choir of Alexander Antonovich Koshetz (Украинский народный хор Александра Антоновича Кошица) Year Recorded: 1917 Lyricist: Aleksey Pleshcheyev (Алексей Плещеев) Year Written: 1846 Composer: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle Year Composed: 1792 Source: Russian-Records Image: A depiction of a meeting of the Petrashevsky Circle.