They have conquered you already, as they boast, for the crime of lese-majesty has placed you at their mercy.
Got to have a finger in some political pie, and political pies in Russia before the war were lese-majesty.
How could they, when they saw in the temper of the people too plain proofs that their lese-majesty had borne evil fruit?
"offense against sovereign authority, treason," 1530s (mid-15c. as an Anglo-French word), from French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa majestos "violated majesty," from laesus, past participle of laedere "to hurt, injure, damage, offend, insult," of unknown origin.