Russian History Articles Have to be Rewritten to Meet Minimum English Standards
This article and nearly all of the other articles on Russian History are so poorly written, they are for the most part unreadable and certainly undecipherable. A real effort needs to be made to bring these articles up to par. I would make corrections here, but I can't even discern what the author is trying to say or intends to say. I really cannot tell. I have just a basic collegiate background in Russian History but it certainly is not enough to understand the machinations of the contributors... Stevenmitchell (talk) 18:13, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
"horribly disfigured and half paralyzed by a mysterious disease, supposed to be scurvy, he had been a hopeless invalid from the day of his birth."
(1) The accompanying picture does not show a "horribly disfigured" individual. (2) Which was it--caused by a disease, or from the day of his birth? LarryJeff (talk) 18:33, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Painters in the old days generally prettied up their subjects. Also, although it isn't likely that his disease was scurvy (that isn't a congenital condition), the article says that he was "believed to' have scurvy - we aren't making a medical diagnosis, we're simply repeating what reliable third parties say. There are so many congenital conditions (and not all hereditary - cerebral palsy and amniotic bands come to mind as non-hereditary congenital conditions) that can cause some amount of disfigurement that there's no way to know. --NellieBly (talk) 00:31, 23 September 2012 (UTC)