...Veezeer-Mukhtar continued to exist. They knocked out his front teeth, somebody hit his glasses with a hammer and one glass was pressed into the eye. Then a kebab seller put Griboyedov’s head on a pike and brandished it like a staff at his stall.
It was Griboyedov who was to blame for the war, for the famines, for the oppression of the elders and for the poor crop. His head was now floating over the street, smiling with his toothless mouth. The boys were throwing stones at the head and the stones hit the target.
Veezeer-Mukhtar still existed.
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