Nostalgia for the king

God forbid someone to do with Emperor sex, albeit only on the silver screen. In the centenary of the Communist revolution of 1917, after many years, during which openly admire the Romanov dynasty allowed himself only a few, Nicholas II, Lenin became more attractive. In groups of fanatical “adorers of the king” discusses the plans of the resurrection of the Russian monarchy in the outer atolls of the Pacific ocean, crying, as the mother of God, statues and the film at risk in disgrace, because it shows the personal life of Nicholas II. Some enthusiasts even claim to restore the monarchy in Russia, was put in charge of Putin.

A hundred years ago, on 2 March 2017 on the Julian calendar (March 15 — according to the Gregorian calendar), a week before the February revolution, Nicholas II under the pressure of the people, the parliamentary opposition, his Ministers and army, had abdicated. That was the end of Empire and the Romanov dynasty in Russia after 300 years of being in power. The provisional government headed by Prince Lvov. July 17, 1918 the entire family of the Emperor were executed in Yekaterinburg.

In Soviet times, any glorification of pre-revolutionary Russia was banned, and the textbooks of the last king was called “Nicholas the bloody”. However, in the Putin era, he was rehabilitated, becoming not just an object of nostalgia, but also a symbol of strong power. In 2000 the Russian Orthodox Church canonized him, and now he is revered as a Saint. The one who offends him, can cause problems. As, for example, directed by Alexei Uchitel, whose new film “Matilda” caused a scandal even before the expected October release on cinema screens. It tells the story of the ballerina Kshesinskaia, and in one of the intimate scenes the heroine is represented with her Breasts exposed. Orthodox activists community “Holy Russia” together with the Deputy of the state Duma from the Republic of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya made a demand to ban the film because it contained “pornography and anti-patriotism”. Activists threaten to burn down cinemas showing “Matilda”. According to the Church, the film constitutes a threat to the “sanctity” of the Tsar-Martyr. Not to mention the fact that it embodies the image of a German actor.

Are paranormal phenomena: a few days ago, the same Poklonskaya, who heads the group of “admirers of the king”, in an interview on the channel “Tsargrad”, owned by oligarch Konstantin Malofeev (who is also a passionate monarchist and a Moscow-based school, preparing young people for the “inevitable return” of the tsarist regime in Russia) said that the statue of Nicholas II in Simferopol, capital of Crimea, erected in its order in October last year, along with the chapel, “zamirotochila”: “It’s a miracle. So, a hundred years ago the Royal family were killed, that Russia became great and prospered.” The incident provoked mirth in the blogosphere, where there are edited photos of monuments to Lenin, Stalin and other Soviet leaders, weeping tears of blood. Even in the Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, which created a special Commission to investigate this fact, denied the miracle.

“Caramania” has infected the opposition. Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the liberal Yabloko party, defended the memorial plaque in honor of ambivalent about Admiral Kolchak, head of the white movement during the Civil war in Russia. The initiator of the installation in St. Petersburg, a memorial plaque was the movement of “White matter”. After the protests of the Communists, the city authorities intend to dismantle it.

In the new books about the year 1917 is told from the point of view of the tsarist regime. So, been published previously unreleased notebook Dmitry Dubensky, major General of the army Nikolai II. The book is called “Revolution, or coup d’etat in Russia”. “One hundred years without a king” — from the cover to the latest issue of “the Historian”. Even historians of the left, for example, Leonid Katzva, ask the question: “What would have happened in Russia if the Tsar did not abdicate power? Was there an opportunity to save the monarchy from collapse?”

A record number of people visited the exhibition, celebrating the glory of the Romanovs. The emphasis is on stability and authoritarianism, to voice criticism of the opposition. It is a reflection of the current ideology of the Kremlin, confusing together the Soviet and tsarist symbols to emphasize its legitimacy. “Putin ambiguously refers to the tsarist government, — explains historian Dmitry Rublev. = That is why in 1917 — a very awkward anniversary: because he is associated with the destruction of the political and economic system of tsarist Russia, which serves as the inspiration for the existing state. The power is limited to the determination of 1917 as a “tragic period”. However, the focus is on the idealization of tsarist Russia: the conservatives (and there are many) believe that without the revolution Russia would have won in the First world war. Even liberal dissidents sympathetic to the white movement”.

As evidenced by a recent survey, the number of Russians who would like to Russia was a monarchy, in the last ten years has increased from 15% to 25%. Some politicians enthusiastically support the idea of a homecoming of the descendants of the Romanov dynasty. Putin solemnly opened in 2014 next to the Kremlin, the monument to Alexander I — Tsar who defeated Napoleon cherishes friendship with the Grand Duke Georgy Romanov, heir to the Imperial family visited the Crimea in 2015, after its annexation: hence his noble ancestors fled from the revolution, and this year there will be erected a monument to 1917, symbolizing the “National reconciliation”.

Now the Russian Imperial house would like to achieve formal recognition that he is part of the “historical heritage” of Russia. In January Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has declared that Moscow should restore the monarchy, calling Putin the Emperor, or to return to Russia of the Romanovs, “Russia is a country with a monarchical mentality. We don’t understand Russia without a king. But this king should take advice of the people, so it is very important to the nation.”