Darya Saltykova: Cruel Russian Aristocrat with a Taste for Murder

July 25, 2020 - General
Darya Saltykova, aka Saltychikha, was an abusive and unchecked aristocrat, known for murdering 139 serfs on Yroitskoe estate near Moscow in Russia. Adapted from Portrait of Countess Darya Petrovna Saltykova by François-Hubert Drouais.  Source: Public domain

In 1768, Darya Nokolayevna Ivanova Saltykova, better known as Saltychikha, was found guilty for the murder of 139 serfs under her care. Of that number, only 38 were confirmed due to the immense fear she instilled in witnesses who could have testified against her. 

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