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Before he wrote “The Brothers Karamazov” or “Notes from the Underground,” Fyodor Dostoevsky was sentenced to death by the czarist government for allegedly participating in revolutionary activities, sent to a Siberian prison camp and forced to perform military service in exile.

Nonetheless, it was after returning from Europe, where he spent years living in freedom, that Dostoevsky wrote in “A Writer’s Diary,” that “everyone” has “secretly harbored malice against” Russians, that Russians “were followers and slaves.”

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