Marx to Ludwig Kugelmann (October 12, 1868):
Russian aristocrats are educated as youths at German universities and in Paris. They always snatch up the most extreme of what the West has to offer. This is pure gourmandise, and a part of the French aristocracy also carried on in this way during the eighteenth century. “Ce n’est pas pour les tailleurs et les bottiers,” said Voltaire at the time, speaking of his own Enlightenment philosophy. This does not prevent these Russians from becoming scoundrels as soon as they enter the civil service.
Damn Russians, I tell you!