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Re: Russian abdication
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I understood that Michael did not outright refuse to succeed but wanted there to be elections first so that the elected representatives of the Russian people could decide if they wanted to retain the monarchy. Had they done so he was more than willing to become the next Emperor.
Was it necessary that Nicholas abdicate? I never really understood this situation which, to me, seemed a hurried development. And the Provisional Government along with Kerensky appeared on the scene rather quickly. And the empress remained silent?
The army was mutinying and they and the politicians had lost confidence in Nicholas.He was persuaded to abdicate obstensibly to save the throne for future Romanovs but that soon proved impossible as his brother did not want the throne and nobody else did. The Empress was far away in Tsarskoe Selo and did not know of the abdication until Nicholas wrote to her and explained what had happened. She would undoubtedly have tried to argue him out of it had she been known of it beforehand. Her grasp on the reality of what was happening was tenuous at the best of times.
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