The History of Revolution and Police Brutality in Russia: What Americans Can Learn From It

The history of Russia is something few Americans will find interesting. In fact, history in general is something few Americans will find interesting. But it’s something we must know. If there are three countries I think every American should study, they are America itself, followed closely by England and Russia.

“But why Russia?” someone may ask. “Why should I care about the tsars and the revolutionaries and even the oppression going on there today?” Simply put, Russian history is repeating itself. It’s repeating itself in the west, and few people realize it.

In 1883 Inspector Georgy Sudeikin of the Okhrana, (the tsar’s secret police,) was assassinated by Russian revolutionary and, ironically, police informant, Sergei Degaev. Degaev went on to reinvent himself as Alexander Pell, a beloved math professor in the United States. But not before founding the Russian terrorist organization known as Narodnya Volya, or the People’s Will. This revolutionary organization’s core belief was that terrorist activity was the most effective way to force reform and overthrow the tsarist regime. Sound familiar? It should! For the People’s Will is little different from the Marxist-Leninist organization known as Black Lives Matter. Propagating the same lies, employing the same tactics, and most likely using police brutality as an excuse.

To be as fair as I can, the Okhrana had a reputation for brutality. I remember reading about the Beilis Affair of 1913, and Beilis’s own account of how the tsar’s police agents treated him. And thus, Russians in the late 1800s and early 1900s had a legitimate reason to accuse the police of “police brutality.” We don’t. We’re not under constant, 24/7 surveillance by the police as people in late tsarist Russia and, indeed, Soviet Russia were. We must, we MUST learn from history, or, as the old proverb warns us, we will, we WILL, repeat it.

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