NEWSWATCH: “In defence of the Romanovs: the centenary of the February Revolution” – The Spectator (Australia)/Matthew Dal Santo

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“A century ago today, as the Imperial Train sat impounded at a provincial station 180 miles from Petrograd, Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas II (1868-1918), signed an act of abdication. The Russian Revolution was formally in motion. Slightly more than eight months later, the liberal republic that succeeded the Romanov autocracy had given way to seven decades of Communist dictatorship. … most Western historians still judge Nicholas harshly, blaming not only Russia’s string of heavy defeats in the war against Germany but also his Empire’s failed transition to democracy on his ‘incompetence’ and ‘rigidity’. In Russia, however, the jubilant crowds of a century ago have been replaced by the solemn prayers of the faithful. In a suburban church this morning, the Patriarch of Moscow will lead a memorial service in honour of the country’s vanished monarchy. …”

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