- "My father wanted this life, Anna, not I. He came to this country with a dream and made the Narodnaya Volya his cause. I do not know if I have the strength to serve the Order of Assassins as he did."
- ―Nikolai Orelov telling his wife about Andrei and the Assassins, 1888.[src]
After moving to Russia, Andrei joined the Narodnaya Volya, desiring to bring down the aristocratic rule over the country, who saw the organization to be terrorist in nature. When Nikolai was old enough, his father had him inducted into the Order as he had been, despite his son's own reservations.
- The name Andrei can be translated as "manly", derived ultimately from Greek aner, "man". Orelov is a foreign name and is most similar to "Orlov" (Оpлов), which means "syn orla" (сын орла), or "son of eagle".