During the world wars of the twentieth century, Russia gained

 

During the world wars of the twentieth century, Russia gained a reputation for being absolutely ruthless towards its own people.   Russian soldiers would routinely burn villages and crops and shoot livestock in order to leave nothing for enemy soldiers to live on – but this left their own civilians with nothing to live on, either.  How do you think living under Mongol rule centuries ago might have helped make this kind of brutality acceptable to modern-day Russian culture?

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