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To the Slanderers of Russia
by Alexander Pushkin
Original titleКлеветникам России
First published in1831
Publication date1831
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"To the Slanderers of Russia" (Russian: Клеветникам России, romanizedKlevetnikam Rossii) is a patriotic poem[1] by Alexander Pushkin, published in 1831.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


The poem was written during the 1830–1831 Polish uprising. The immediate reason for writing it was that some members of the French parliament had called for French armed intervention on the side of Polish insurgents against the Russian army.[10][11][12] In the poem, Pushkin explains that from the Russian point of view the uprising is just a part of the ages old quarrel between relatives (Slavs).[12][13] He tells the French to leave Slavs alone because the eventual outcome of all quarrels between Slavs must be decided between Slavs themselves. He says that the French parliamentarians don't understand Slavs or Slavic languages, they seek a fight simply because they hate Russia for defeating Napoleon. He dares them to attack Russia in reality, not just in words, saying that in case of a military attack the whole Russian country will rise against the invaders.

The poem had mixed reception in Russian society: it was lauded by government and nationalists, but criticized by liberal intelligentsia.

Adam Mickiewicz published the reply poem Do przyjaciół Moskali ("To Friends Muscovites", included into the cycle Dziady[14]), where he accused Pushkin of betrayal of their formerly common ideals of freedom, as expressed by the Decembrists. Pushkin started writing a reply, He Lived Among Us, published only posthumously.[15]


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     Polish Wikisource has original text related to this article: Dziady/Do przyjaciół Moskali
  15. ^ Благой Д. Д. "Мицкевич и Пушкин." // Изв. АН СССР. Отд. литературы и языка. — 1956, июль-август. — Т. XV. — Вып. 4. — С. 314.