Alien Transgressions: Notes on Lèse-Majesté from the Russian Imperial Borderlands

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Insulting the person and dignity of the ruler (lèse-majesté) was considered a state crime in 19th-century Russia and was investigated across the empire. This article draws on a small sample of cases from provincial archives to examine how factors of ethnicity and religion affected the way such cases were reported in local communities as well as how they were then investigated and prosecuted by state authorities.

Alien Transgressions: Notes on Lèse-Majesté from the Russian Imperial Borderlands

in Russian History

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