Beards adorn Russian men, Russian men adore beards

On April 6, the Russian Beard and Moustache Championship took place in Moscow. It’s main goal was to identify the best bearded men to participate in international competitions.

The Championship has several categories: the best moustache, beard, and sideburns that are broken down into subcategories depending on length and style. All participants were truly original and outstanding.

Beard Day is observed on April 6 in Russia for historical reasons. On this day in 1698, Tsar Peter the Great tried to introduce European law and order in the Russian Empire by signing a decree in which he ordered beards to be shaven and a fee to be taken from all those who refused. The cost of having a beard was reevaluated several times, but it was always a high price to pay. In 1705, for example, a citizen living in the capital had to pay the equivalent of a foot soldier’s yearly salary. Only peasants could get away with having a beard for cheap: a kopek ‘from their beard’ when entering and exiting the city.

Ekaterina II (reigned 1762-1796) annulled the fee 74 years later, on April 6, 1772. This day is considered to be Beard Day in Russia.

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Infographics:The evolution of Russian beard

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