There is a famous story about the ancient Greek forces intending to expand their

influence and power. When they arrived at the borders of their territory, they

met unknown, unintelligible people who only produced sounds similar to

“ba…ba…ba.” So the ancient Greeks called them “Barbarians.” Herodotus in

his “Historiae” (about 450 B.C.; 1926) also mentions that the ancient Egyptians,

upon meeting people that did not speak their language, called them “barbarous.”

In probably the same way, the Russians at their borders met people that, unlike