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Posted on June 14, 2020 at 4:55 PM

 

Americans need to know this. The closest group to American Negro slaves were Russian serfs, who were emancipated in 1861, just as US Civil War began...

 

USA Slaves 1860 census = 3,953,762 slaves

Russian Serfs/Slaves 1861=23,100,000 private serfs

and additional 23,000,000 were state owned serfs who also could be sold/deeded with the land, just as those in private ownership.

ALL RUSSIAN SLAVES AND SLAVE OWNERS WERE NON-BLACK (maybe a rare exception existed) NO REPARATION WAS EVER DEMANDED OR PAID

Read this excerpt i am copying from a Wiki article to use in this post.:

As a whole, serfdom both came and remained in Russia much later than in other European countries. Slavery remained a legally recognized institution in Russia until 1723, when Peter the Great converted the household slaves into house serfs. Russian agricultural slaves were formally converted into serfs earlier in 1679.

Formal conversion to serf status and the later ban on the sale of serfs without a land did not stop the trade in household slaves; this trade merely changed its name. The private owners of the serfs regarded the law as a mere formality. Instead of "sale of a peasant" the papers would advertise "servant for hire" or similar.

By the eighteenth century, the practice of selling serfs without land had become commonplace. Owners had absolute control over their serfs' lives, and could buy, sell and trade them at will, giving them as much power over serfs as Americans had over chattel slaves, though owners did not always choose to exercise their powers over serfs to the fullest extent.

The official estimate is that 10.5 million Russians were privately owned, 9.5 million were in state ownership and another 900,000 serfs were under the Tsar's patronage before the Great Emancipation of 1861.

One particular source of indignation in Europe was Kolokol published in London, England (1857–65) and Geneva (1865–67). It collected many cases of horrendous physical, emotional and sexual abuse of the serfs by the landowners.

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