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legends abound about the origins of Russian roulette. Most of these, as expected, occur in Russia, or occur among Russian soldiers. In a Russian legend of the nineteenth century, some prisoners were forced to play it in front of the prison guards while making bets on the outcome. In another version, Russian military officials were playing Russian roulette in despair. The earliest known use of the term Russian roulette appears in a short story by Georges Surdez, published in the issue of January 30, 1937 Collier’s Magazine. In this, a Russian army sergeant in the French Foreign Legion tells the narrator: “Feldheim … Ever heard of Russian Roulette ” When I told him I knew nothing, he told me all about it.”When I was with the Russian army in Romania, around 1917, and things went from bad to worse, the officers began to lose their prestige, money, family, country and feared they would be dishonored before their colleagues of the allied armies Some suddenly drew his revolver, anywhere, on the table in a cafe, a gathering of friends, extracting a cartridge from the cylinder, spun it, closed it again, put it on his head and squeezed the trigger. There are five possibilities for the hammer strikes a cartridge and a living. At times it has happened and come out alive, sometimes not. ” It is unclear whether the officers played Russian roulette in the tsarist era. In a text on the Czarist officer corps, John Bushnell, an expert on Russian history at Northwestern University, cited two reports about contemporary Russian army veterans: The Duel (1905) by Aleksandr Kuprin And since the double eagle until the red flag (1921) by Pyotr Krasnov.Both books talk about the outrageous behavior of the official suicide, but none of them mention of Russian roulette. If the game originated in real life and not fiction, it is unlikely to know for sure today. The standard weapon supplied to the Russian officers from 1895 to 1930 was the Nagant M1895, a double action revolver whose drum rotates clockwise until the hammer is cocked. However, using seven cartridges and not six, which casts some doubt on the accuracy of the reference made in Collier’s. It is possible that Russian officers shot six and kept the seventh cartridge if living out of a battle. The only reference to anything like Russian roulette in Russian literature is contained in a book entitled A Hero of Our Time, written by Mikhail Lermontov (1840, translated by Vladimir Nabokov in 1958), in which a similar act is performed by a Serbian soldier in the story’s fatalistic.

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