Serfs you were and serfs you are

A wonderful phrase once said by Richard II to peasants in the of Peasants’ Revolt of 1381:

Serfs you were and serfs you are; you shall remain in bondage, not such as you have hitherto been subject to, but incomparably viler. For so long as we live and rule by God’s grace over this kingdom we shall use our sense, our strength and our property so to teach you, that your slavery may be an example to posterity, and that those who live now and hereafter, who may be like you, may always have before their eyes and as it were in a glass, your misery and reasons for cursing you, and the fear of doing things like those which you have done.

What in England in XIV century that in Russia all the times up to XXI.