Tolstoy began contriving his Hadji-Murat novella with his participation in the Caucasian War. Why did the story of this Caucasian separatist attract the writer? Tolstoy admired his integrity in each of his undertakings and his endless persistence in his struggle. Hadji-Murat, powerful and daring Shamil's naib, was natural at riding. He was famous among the Caucasian peoples. His feats were incredible: He showed up unexpectedly and [then] left so that regiments could not entrap him. Hadji-Murat went wherever the situation was heating up. The Caucasus ruler, Shamil, was becoming afraid of him and decided to kill him. So Hadji-Murat had no other option except to defect to Russia. He was shot during a fight when he tried to escape and hide in the mountains.
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