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"That the documents are original is the most important thing," a middle-age woman, who refused to give her name, said upon exiting the exhibition. She called the czar's overthrow "a tragedy" and said she hoped for a restoration of the monarchy, "Russia's historical path."
Although memories of the Soviet Union have grown rosier under Vladimir Putin, a proud former KGB agent, many Russians see the Bolshevik Revolution as the start of a 70-year detour from their nation's path to becoming a developed, Western European-style stateâ"a normal country," as they like to say. For them, the Romanovs' death predicts the violence and misery of the Civil War, the Stalinist era and World War II, and provides fertile ground for counterfactual fantasies in which the monarchy or the progressive government that overthrew it survives. No Gulags, no purges, no terrors, maybe. - WSJ
A good synopsis that applies to the history of the modern era: we were heading upward with the kings. We thought there was an easier way with the prole revolution. It was instead a massive detour into failure. Now we hope for the monarchy to return.