Alright, I had to pause and put myself to the task of researching. Publishing date, Russian history and Lasalle, because I suddenly had this surprising suspicion: Sviazhsky was not avoiding out of some extreme sense of privacy or shyness when he dropped that name. He was earnestly scared of voicing his opinion. Which, extrapolating, gives me a startling realization: Tolstoy knew where the discontent and disfranchisement brewing was going, 40 years in advance. Damn.