Just as it is now, the bordering country, though technically an ally, is secretly supporting, arming and training the rebels. Same too is the fighting in skirmishes, burning of villages to teach a lesson, extreme violence. This is a tough part of the world.
Much talk of death this chapter.
So the trial went right into the night, until past 1 am. I’m assuming that’s how it really was in Russia at the time? But then it only took an hour for the jury to reach a verdict. And whose side do you come down on: cold logic or the passionate plea? Wasn’t passion what got everyone in this mess to begin with? So we have to meter our passion, temper it with wisdom.
20 years. He’s lucky it wasn’t death.