190 years ago, on January 27, 1826, Mikhail Evgrafovich Saltykov-Shchedrin was born. In Russian literature, he occupied a special place, since no Russian writer in his works criticizes, ridicules or denounces reality so aptly and mercilessly. And it’s hard not to agree that many of his quotes about the Fatherland are still relevant today.
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