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Russians are rightly proud of their history, culture, music, dance, literature, theatre, and art, and of their role in defeating Napoleon and Hitler. But for them the years from 1980-1990 was a dark period, and there is huge sentimental attachment to the Czars - which is why in almost every Church one visits one sees Icons of the Imperial Family. And, the Grand Duchess's grandfather, Grand Duke Kyrill, was one of the members of the Imperial Family who favoured reform (unlike Prince Dimitri Romanoff's great uncle, Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaievich, who was strongly opposed to any concessions to liberal reformers).
The Grand Duchess and her son would not be taking power, but other dynasties returning have already demonstrated how their presence has given their country a living link with their past; they would be a living embodiment of three centuries of Russian history. Just consider the Balkan state where there was so much physical destruction because of the Second World War and the communist dictatorships that followed. In Serbia, for example, the brutality of the Milosevich regime is a terrible stain on its history but his removal had enabled the return of the Karageorgevich, who helped lead the country to freedom from the Ottomans.
: I really don't think Putin can pull this
: off. I have no personal axe to grind w/
: Grand Duchess Maria, but the Romanov legacy
: is shameful - the dynasty lived in
: ostentatious splendor while the average
: Russian didn't have sufficient food, let
: alone access to an education or decent
: house. I can't imagine the vast majority of
: Russians would be receptive to the return of
: the dynasty's representative.
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