Yasnaya Polyana destroyed.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has received very distributing information from Yasnaya Polyana. Peasants are destroying Yasnaya Polyana, killing crops, plundering gardens and allotments, cutting down the forest.
The widow of the late Leo Tolstoy, Sofia Andreyevna, appealed to Nikitin, the minister of Internal Affairs with a request to protect the estate from further lawlessness of peasants and complete destruction of the property. It is interesting to note that 700 dessiatins of the best land was transferred to the peasants with no compensation in Leo Tolstoy’s will. Only 200 dessiatins make up the Yasnaya Polyana estate now, including 45 acres of arable land, a favourite forest, where Leo Tolstoy’s grave is located, and some other low-value land. It seems, from what has been said, that as per the will of Leo Tolstoy, the peasants received a generous gift- around four fifths of the entire estate’s land, and to this generous gift they now repay it with dark ingratitude.
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