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Beards were and are still a reason of great pride for many. The history of beards is a thick one, especially that of russian beards. In old mother Russia, the beard was a sign of maturity. Tsar Ivan the Fourth was a terrible one, but his beard was amazing.
But there was a tsar which amused himself greatly on the “facial jewelry” of his subjects – first, he obliged them to shave it: some were brought to the barber by force, but if they didn’t want to conform themselves to this new command, they had to pay a…. tax on beard! The funny guy which introduced this tax was a moustached man named Peter the Great, and the russians of his time protected their beard with pride: not only they emptied their pockets, filling the tsar’s treasury, but even wore a medal to certify in public that their beard was….ridiculous.