If only the police were like this today

Go to the library of the missionary brotherhood, and take down the handbook of laws. There you will read in Article 783, Volume II, Part I, that it is the duty of the rural chief of police, in addition to preventing duelling, lampooning, drunkenness, hunting in the close season, and men and women washing together in public baths, to keep observation over the arguments directed against the dogmas of the Orthodox Church and the prevent the seduction of the orthodox to other faiths and schisms!

Lenin is here quoting a certain Mr Stakhovich, but he goes on to point out that for the rural police ‘God is very high up and the tsar very far off’ (Collected Works, vol. 5, p. 291).


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