On the morning of 14 December 1825, the representatives of the best Russian nobility families brought troops to Senate Square in St. Petersburg in an attempt to start a revolt against the Emperor. Everything was over by nightfall, however, after unsuccessful negotiations and several rounds of artillery fire. The organizers of the revolt, later called the Decembrists, were arrested and accused of high treason. Five of them were sentenced to death by hanging, the others condemned to penal servitude. The revolt did not achieve what it had set out to do, but it put social and economic life in Russia on a new path for at least the next fifty years.