While Czarist Russia had a long history of refusal, the art of nope was refined–some might say perfected–after the Revolution in the person of Ivan Iosifivich Noperuski.

Noperuski was a trade unionist in Petrograd whose firm refusal to negotiate or compromise earned him the notice of Lenin. After the October Revolution, he recruited similarly intransigent fighters to become leader of the Nope Battalion in the Russian Civil War. The Nope Battalion denied White Russians access to a vital rail line in Belarus, stopped an advance by Cossacks in Ukraine, and filibustered an attempt by British and American troops to break out of Archangel.

For his efforts, Noperuksi was appointed the first Minister of Nope and helped develop the Ministry of Nope headquartered in Nopograd. The result was the first governmental agency of its kind dedicated entirely to refusal, a tradition that continues even to this day with the Russian Federal Bureau of Nope.

Despite this, there is no statue recognizing Noperuski: he refused to have one erected in his honor.

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