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Russian autocrat + Russian novelist = ? 
The story begins with a vain, preening, autocratic ruler of Russia willing to manipulate the forces of law and order to strike out against even the slightest traces of disloyalty. For him no charade of justice is too cruel or too absurd if it helps prevent dissension.
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Photo - Reader of Dostoevsky by Emil Filla, 1907

Russian autocrat + Russian novelist = ?

The story begins with a vain, preening, autocratic ruler of Russia willing to manipulate the forces of law and order to strike out against even the slightest traces of disloyalty. For him no charade of justice is too cruel or too absurd if it helps prevent dissension.

Continue Reading

Photo - Reader of Dostoevsky by Emil Filla, 1907