On this day: Emperor Alexander I banned secret Masonic societies

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The cardinal Masonic lodges in Russia appeared in the early 1730s. Masons take in many well-known Russian figures including Alexander Suvorov, Mikhail Kutuzov, and Alexander Griboedov.

Initially, the domination of Alexander I allowed the Masonic societies to exist but the Freemasonry movement momentarily became linked with revolutionary ideas.

On Aug. 13, 1822 Alexander I argued an order «On prohibiting secret societies and Masonic lodges.» However, Masonic enters in Russia continued to operate secretly until 1918, when they were repealed by the Soviet government.

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