Until 1861, worked at the Senate. One of the country’s liberal lawyers at the time of Alexander IPs reforms. One of the organizers of the Law Reform, 1864.
An organizer and director of the Russian Music Society, 1859. Sympathetic to revolutionary ideas. Helped to arrange the meeting between Chernyshevskii and Hertzen in London in 1859.
One of the top lawyers of the 1860s. Defence lawyer in the famous political trials involving Nechaev, Ishutin and others. Also, defence lawyer in the 193 (terrorists) trial, the trial of 17, and that of Kovalskii.
Watched by the secret police because of his sympathies with Russian terrorists. Several short arrests in 1861 and 1879. Involved in the revolutionary activity of his daughter Elena Stasova.
Lenin found refuge in his flat, June-July 1917, after the defeat of the Bolsheviks’ attempted coup, from the police of the Provisional Government. Wrote Muzykal'nye Vospominaniia (Russian Music Gazette) 1909, Nr 11-15, and about the trial of Karakozov (Byloe, 1906, Nr 4).