Emil von Qvanten

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Emil von Qvanten (22 August 1827, Pori, Finland – 5 December 1903) was a Finnish-Swedish poet, librarian, publisher and politician.

Qvanten went into exile in Stockholm, Sweden, whence he produced anonymous political propaganda which was smuggled into Finland. In 1855, Oskar Tammelander, working for the Russian secret police went to Stockholm and met Qvanten, but aroused Qvantend's suspicions. So Qvanten supplied the infiltrator with a letter full of literary parodies to excite the suspicions of his contacts in Finland. This succeeded and Tammelander was unmasked as a spy.[1]


  1. ^ Northern Underground: Episodes of Russian Revolutionary Transport and Communications through Scandinavia and Finland 1863-1917 by Michael Futrell, Faber and Faber, 1963 p27-28