Actually, I thought the USSR and communism was supposed to have cured the Russian psyche of this sort of attitude-—guess it was rooted pretty deeply. It was the same under the Czars, under the Politburo and now; must be genetic.
co-incidentally; I see the same sort of class-ism in the present day Liberals here.
The Czars had a duty toward and a paternal interest and concern for the serfs, albeit NOT enough to actually FREE them, but to regard them with compassion. Only the most mentally deranged and brutal psychopaths actually victimized the serfs.
Communist atheists were another and different system of tyranny for the Russian. The class system the aristocracy and church were abandoned. In their place, was the mass of undifferentiated being ...now ALL equal and the same! This mentality took the place of Czarist/Christian rule. No humanism was tolerated...the STATE was everything.