The fate of the Russian monarchy was sealed as early as 1703, when the delegitimization of the Russian autocracy began. Such an opinion at a meeting of the Discussion Club of Daniil Kotsyubinsky “Why is everything wrong?” in the St. Petersburg art space mArs, the candidate of historical sciences Daniil Kotsyubinsky spoke.
“Any crisis of power that turns into a revolution or coup is a crisis of legitimacy, public confidence in power,” the expert recalled. — The fate of the Russian Empire was determined when St. Petersburg was founded. We found ourselves in a situation where European enlightenment, charged with free-thinking and liberal-democratic ideas – in fact, anti-authoritarian and anti-monarchist – was combined with the Russian autocracy.
Kotsyubinsky explained that after the transfer of the capital to St. Petersburg, most of the Russian rulers became more and more European-minded, while they represented the ruling class, which was supposed to defend the foundations of autocracy.
“It was difficult to overcome cognitive dissonance in consciousness, although women, for example, Catherine II, did it better, women are generally more adaptive in this sense,” the historian gave an example. “But these thoughts literally drove Alexander I and Nicholas II to depression, they wanted to be knights on the throne, but they had to be Nikolai Palkins.”
As a result, according to him, by the beginning of the 20th century, power in Russia turned into a rotten rag that was impossible to mend. It broke through for the first time in 1905, and finally in 1917.
Read more about whether there were chances to save the Russian Empire in 1917 in the Rosbalt material in the near future.
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