I watched the movie “Mr. Jones” this weekend. It was a masterpiece depicting Stalin’s ruthless degradation of humanity prior to World War II and his propaganda war to convince Europe and the United States, as well as to brainwash Russians, that
“Beat your own so that strangers are afraid of you.” This is a common Russian expression, which literally means, “beat your friends, so your enemies will be scared of you.” In Russian culture the phrase is often used to condemn someone’s behavior.
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