Listen to the Russians

Here’s a quote from the novel June by a famous Russian writer Dmitry Bykov. It’s the Stalinist era, and the main character, a Jewish college student, has been unfairly accused of unseemly behavior. An experienced apparatchik tells him this:

Please understand that it doesn’t matter if you are guilty or innocent. You’ll get it one day. Take it as a mandatory requirement. Everybody should experience being guilty at some point or other and happily accept the guilt.

You’ll get it one day for sure.

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