The oprichniki were the black-robed secret police and storm troopers of Ivan the Terrible. [RUSSKA : 'Ivan'.]




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Chaucer's cheerful prologue to his Canterbury Tales about April’s sweet showers was echoed grimly at the start of T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland : “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land . . .”

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