Russian roulette

Russian roulette. Each of us heard about this game, saw or read, maybe even played despite the absurdity of the rules. But what do we know about her?

I don't think anyone can answer the question: "How and where did she appear?"

But before answering, we will learn a little about the rules and types of the game. So, in a six-shot revolver (as a rule) one cartridge is inserted, then the drum spins up. The muzzle of the pistol is put to the head (mouth, heart) and the trigger is pulled. If you are not killed, then you did not lose, but pass the pistol to the next one. This is the simplest and most typical type of game, there are also options.

Not one, but several cartridges can be inserted into the drum. You can play without the risk of being killed - a more humane way of playing, where one or another part of the body is substituted under the barrel, the hole in which will not lead to death. Before handing over the pistol to another player, the drum is spun - making the game a little less predictable.

Now about the appearance. There are only three hypotheses for the emergence of this game, which is not destined to become an Olympic sport.

  1. The game was invented by the wardens of Russian prisons at the end of the 19th century. The prisoners were given a revolver with a cartridge and forced to play, while bets were made on whoever was unlucky.
  2. Russian officers invented a roulette wheel as proof of their own masculinity and fearlessness. They played voluntarily, thereby making them question their sanity.
  3. The third version, suggests that the game was invented as a trick, during which no one was going to die. The drum of the pistol was lubricated and polished so thoroughly that under the weight of a single cartridge, it scrolled. Thus, it turned out that the socket with the cartridge was always at the bottom and could not rise up in any way. They boasted of a trick to women and proved fearlessness to men.

For the first time, written mention of this deadly game appeared in the article “Russian Roulette” in the American magazine “Collier’s Weekly” on January 30, 1937. There is an excerpt from a conversation with a Frenchman who served in the Russian army:

"Feldheim ... Have you ever heard of 'Russian roulette'?" When I said that I had not heard, he told me everything about her. When he served in the Russian army in Romania, around 1917, when everything was falling apart, Russian officers believed that they were losing not only prestige, money, family, country, but also honor in the face of the Allies. Some of them, sitting anywhere - at a table, in a cafe, at friends, - suddenly took out a revolver, took one cartridge out of the drum, twisted it, put the muzzle to their head and pulled the trigger. The probability that there would be a shot, and the officer's brains scatter all over the place, was five chances out of six. Sometimes it happened, sometimes it didn't.

Nowadays, Russian roulette is just a reason for a strange kind of pride - pride in the fact that the game is called "Russian". For guests from overseas, the mention of the game evokes a bit of admiration for our people. It is clear that normal people do not play it either abroad or in Russia.

However, Russian roulette attracts people with suicidal tendencies. The organizers of the Darwin Prize - one of the humorous awards given for the most ridiculous ways of leaving life - argue that Russian roulette is one of the most attractive ways of original departure from life, with new varieties constantly being invented. In particular, on March 22, 1999, three Cambodian peasants, while taking alcoholic drinks, amused themselves with a version of Russian roulette, alternately pressing their foot on an anti-tank mine placed under the table in the bar. A powerful explosion caused significant destruction, the remains of the players could not be found. Oddly enough, not only the loser died, but also the rest of the players

Russian roulette is referred to as a phraseological unit for situations where they risk something that is very expensive and important. They will gladly write the game into an action-packed film or describe it in a detective novel, but they will not play it. There was even a TV show of the same name, which was quite popular at one time.

It is a fact that playing Russian roulette is life-threatening.