Citizen Movements in Russian

CitizenMovements in Russian

CitizenMovements in Russia

  1. Tolstoy wrote a letter to Kalmykova citing that he would be glad for him and his associates in standing up for the rights of the literacy committee to fight against the enemies of popular education. The question here is: why is the government against the popular education and why do the people find it hard to counteract them?

  2. Tolstoy wrote to Kalmykova stating two methods that had been used to counteract the government for more than half a century now. The question here is: why is the government untouchable even after such methods have been tried for all those years?

  3. Alexander II was convinced that the liberals were less frightening since they could be bought with either honors or money. Why the liberals were vocal while demanding for their rights but could easily be silenced by money and honors?

Quote:“The liberal does not frighten me. If they are not bought withmoney, then they are with honors” (Tolstoy, 1978)

Thisquote relate with the concepts in the analytical paper in that, whilethere is willingness from the liberals or the public to fight anoppressive government, the government on the other hand shows howeasily the people are ready to abandon their own rights (Tolstoy,1978). Again, having abandoned these rights, there is no longer anypoint of that appears impossible to retain or win through genuineright. The basis of the paper could be, in order to pull those peoplethat are easily swayed out of the mire, it is important as anindividual to stand firm on the ground, but if not to make it moreeasy to drive sense to other people, then to at least be consideredan example of people hard to be convinced otherwise.


Tolstoy,L. N. (1978). “To A.M Kalmykova” In Lev Nikoleavich Tolstoy.Tolstoy’s Letters: Volume II: 1880-1910. Trans. R.F. Christian.New York, NY. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 539-547.