We drove Pushkin to a suicidal duel. We sent Lermontov to face bullets. We sentenced Dostoevsky to hard labour. We buried Chernyshevsky alive in a polar grave. We exiled one of our greatest minds, Herzen. We expatriated Turgenev. We excommunicated and denounced Tolstoy. We expelled Rimsky-Korsakov from the conservatory.
St Petersburg, 1904