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PUBLIC OPINION ON LAST RUSSIAN EMPEROR
« on: May 18, 2005, 10:16:28 AM »
MOSCOW, May 18 (RIA Novosti) - The last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, was
not a good ruler and made many mistakes but his martyr's death atoned for
everything, in the opinion of 25% of Russians (first position). These are
the results of the public poll conducted by Yury Levada's Analytical Center
prior to the anniversary of the emperor's birth marked on May 19. The
respondents were offered to choose one of the four positions.

According to 22% of the polled, the emperor was an innocent victim of the
Bolshevik terror (second position).

However, 17% of Russians believe that the emperor abdicated the crown in
the hard times and is responsible for what happened to Russia after 1917
(third position).

Nicholas II plunged Russia into poverty and was overthrown as a result of
people's rebellion, said 14% of the respondents (fourth position).

Russians under 40, mainly women, students, and residents of Moscow, the
Siberian and Northwestern Federal Districts who voted for the United Russia
party in the State Duma elections share the first position (martyr's death
atoned for everything).

Male officials, businessmen and unemployed persons, Russians aged 25-40,
people with secondary education, residents of the Far Eastern, Southern and
Northwestern Federal Districts and settlements with the 100,000-500,000
population, as well as supporters of the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia
(LDPR) regard the emperor as an innocent victim of the Bolshevik terror.

Men aged 40-54 with higher and secondary education, living in the Volga
Federal District and big cities except Moscow and St. Petersburg and those
who voted for the Rodina (Homeland) party or against all share the third
position.

The fourth position was chosen by men, people over 40, with primary
education, residents of Moscow and the Volga Federal District and
supporters of the Rodina party.

This representative nationwide poll was conducted in 128 settlements of 46
Russian regions. The statistic error does not exceed 3%.


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Re: PUBLIC OPINION ON LAST RUSSIAN EMPEROR
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2005, 09:00:28 PM »
Thank you for posting that article, FA!

My own feelings would be--as one who is admittedly not Russian Orthodox--that it wasn't his death which atoned for whatever mistakes he made, but his demonstration of character during the time of his imprisonment. Nicholas didn't have a choice re: that firing squad, but he did have a choice as to how to conduct himself after his abdication, and did so--in my opinion--with forbearance and honor.


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Re: PUBLIC OPINION ON LAST RUSSIAN EMPEROR
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2005, 10:05:40 PM »
Which he is classed by his Church as a PASSION BEARER, not a martyr.
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