These wretches [the Russian soldiers in kaftans] had invaded the sacred citadel, had taken guns from the arsenal, and had fired (the wretches) on the French. Some were put to the sword and the Kremlin was purged of their presence.
You can see how Tolstoy's politics were affected by the years he spent in the Caucuses in the army and how he eventually became a pacifist. -- Lola
from page 361-362, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Vookhonsky translation page 894-896