On the centenary of the October Revolution, I wonder how Russians today would feel about this terse statement by Grossman.

‘Russia has seen many things during the one thousand years of its history. There is only one thing that Russia has not seen in one thousand years – freedom.’

Source: Vasily Grossman quoted in Imperium, Ryszard Kapuscinski, trans. Klara Glowczewska (New York: Vintage International, 1995), frontispiece

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