Probably, most of us knew the game of Russian roulette through the most gruesome scenes of cinema. And the truth is that beyond the screens of the cinema is a game that is still practiced by the mafias worldwide and some other demented. But do we really know the origin of this terrible game? Here we tell you the story of the game of Russian roulette.
In principle, we want to clarify that roulette is not Russian. That is to say, the game was not created in Russia. But outside of this, there are many more curiosities involved in its history and practice today. We tell you everything below.
History of the game of Russian roulette
Russian roulette is mentioned for the first time in a homonymous story published in 1937 by the American George Surdez. It was said that it was part of the dangerous games that the French Foreign Legion to avoid boredom. The story published in Collier's Magazine describes the game as follows:
"When everything was falling apart, Russian officials considered that not only lost prestige, family, country, money, but also honor before the allies"
"Some of them would be where they were, sitting at the table, in a cafeteria, with friends, suddenly taking out the revolver, removing all but one of the drum cartridges, turning it, pointing the gun barrel at their head and they pulled the trigger. The probability of the gun firing and the person dying on the spot was one over six. Sometimes it happened, sometimes not. "
But we can say that Russian roulette comes from fiction. Because there are no records beyond this story of fiction, that Russian roulette actually existed. That is why Surdez was considered the man who invented Russian roulette, and in fact he did not bother to resign the title or clarify that his story was real.
More curious is that in Russia there are no recorded cases of death by this game, and in fact it is known as American Roulette. The history of Russian roulette, then, is more than paradoxical.
News of Russian roulette
Many Hollywood movies have shown us Russian roulette in tense scenes. But it can be stated with certainty that the two brightest scenes of Russian roulette belong to Russian cinematography. The first one is in the comedy about the army "DMB"; the second in the black comedy "La gallina ciega".
But outside the screens, even in the present, Russian roulette has not been an extended practice among Russians, not even among the lower worlds. But what is certain is that the imaginary of the Russian soldier - a man of unbreakable, honorable, strong character and without fear of anything - has been resorted to and has been awarded this game to show his courage and reckless personality.