Russia: A monument to the last tsar Nicholas II may be installed in Moscow



A monument to Nicholas II may be installed in Moscow. This initiative was made by the first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Public and Religious Organizations, Ivan Sukharev. He has already prepared a request to the city hall to consider the possibility of installing a pedestal in the city.

According to the parliamentarian, it is necessary to establish a statue of the last Russian Emperor in order to restore historical justice.

“Today marks exactly 150 years since the birth of Nicholas II, who faithfully served Russia until his death in the Ipatiev basement. In Serbia, for many years there has been a monument to Nicholas II in the center of Belgrade. Yet in Moscow there is still not even a memorial plate,” the parliamentarian said.

The Romanovs have a long history, but the figure of the last Tsar is a special case. His cult appeared in the late perestroika and, to the surprise of many, slowly but surely continues to gain momentum. Some even believe that the restoration of the monarchy is one of the options on the table for Russia being considered by the Western powers.

It is said that Nicholas II was a very religious person. The Russian Orthodox Church says he was a martyr and a saint. Well, a man in his position should have been more concerned with whether the people he served wanted to become martyrs.

Today we often hear that the Bolsheviks stole their victory. But it is really the Tsar who is to blame, who was in confusion at the crucial moments of the fight. Stalin, when the Germans were near Moscow, had it much harder. However, he did not run away, because it was necessary to establish industry beyond the Urals, and to turn the tide of the war and finish it in Berlin.

In some ways, the figure of Nicholas II is similar to the figure of Mikhail Gorbachev. A hundred years ago, Russia underwent rapid development. Massive human and natural resources and the industrial revolution were to make Russia a key player in the rapidly emerging global market. The Russian ruble could have become the world reserve currency. Naturally, this would not have pleased either Russia’s allies or its enemies.

Russia needed a tough and ambitious leader capable of modernizing and responding to the key challenges of the era. To solve the territorial issues, the national issues, and to modernize the military-industrial complex. Rapid economic growth and corporate profits were achieved thanks to the harsh exploitation of hired labor, as well as the efforts of the government. There were many other equally important issues to address. However, the last Tsar addressed them in a mystical-PR key (i.e. Rasputinism). As a result, everything was lost, materially speaking — from the Empire to his own life and the lives of his loved ones. The Reds, not the Whites, won the civil war. Russia did not want to become like Europe, and modernization was carried out by the Bolsheviks at the cost of serious human losses.

In his defense, Nicholas II reportedly said himself in his childhood: “I am not prepared to be Tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling.” When he abdicated, his speech ended with “May God help Russia.” Perhaps the fall of the Soviet Union was the long-awaited answer to his prayer. Although he cannot be construed as a competent leader, it can well be argued that he was a well-wisher.

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