Editor says, what if the Romanovs had clung to power? muses Jackie Rose. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread.
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Editor says, what really happened: Czar Paul I did indeed institute the salic law, leaving Nicholai II and his family even more desperately seeking a cure for their son's fatal disease. Nicolai wanted to repeal the ruling but he knew that after his death it would be adopted again. By refusing to send Rasputin away, without explaining why, the royal family aroused the public's disgust. Making matters worse, the Czarina relied on her Mad Monk completely, even in military matters during World War I, when, at his urging, she convinced the Czar to make disastrous decisions. It was probably a major factor in the Russian Revolution, when the Bolsheviks murdered the entire family. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.