The revolutionary wave in Paris was growing uncontrollably. At the same time intensified anxiety Empress. April 24, 1792 on suspicion of numerous crimes against the state, was arrested "vozglavitel Moscow Martinists the printers and the famous" Nikolai Novikov (1744- 1816). Four categories of crimes imputed to the father authentic Russian typography: secret gatherings; secret correspondence with foreigners, enemies; secret printing anti-Orthodox books; conspiracy against the heir to the throne. A significant part of the anxiety and fear started to torment Catherine in the last period of her life, called the decree condemning Novikov. In contrast to the "case of Radishchev", which was given a public character, "Novikov deal" remains a secret, his arrest was not announced, the decree was not published. Since none of the charges has not been confirmed, it can be seen in the condemnation of the activities of Nikolai Novikov expression of personal feelings of the Empress.