In the face of continued unrest among the students during the last years of the tsarist autocracy in Russia, especially students who supported the communists, the autocracy deployed a well-tried response. As Lenin comments in 1901:

Decades of experience have taught the government that it is surrounded by inflammable material and that a mere spark, a mere protest against the students’s detention cell, may start a conflagration. This being the case, it is clear that the punishment had to be an exemplary one: Draft hundreds of students into the army! “Put the drill sergeant in place of Voltaire!” (Lenin, Collected Wors, vol. 4, pp. 415-26).

Makes one wonder why the government in the UK hasn’t tried that one. Then again, they probably don’t read much.

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