‘Ignorant, superstitious, cunning, brutal, barbarous, dirty, mean’ – Dr. Clarke’s description of Russians 200 years ago


“They are all, high and low, rich and poor, alike servile to superiors; haughty and cruel to their dependents; ignorant, superstitious, cunning, brutal, barbarous, dirty, mean. The emperor canes the first of his grandees; princes and nobles cane their slaves; and the slaves their wives and daughters.” – wrote Dr. Edward Clarke in his famous book ‘Travels in Russia”. Read what I. Bunin wrote about the Russians a century later. As a reminder, even Russian poet Lermontov described his homeland as ‘Farewell, Unwashed Russa, the land of slaves, the land of lords’.

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