Unlikely Union of Views: Russian Government and Opposition – “Monarchy may be what we need”
One of the prominent Russian politicians recently disclosed that the Kremlin Administration is considering reinstatement of Monarchy (constitutional Monarchy) in Russia, akin to the British model. The Russian Government believes that the Monarch could be the person who would be able to unify the country and serve as an important symbol in troublesome times.
Now, it appears that the Opposition has much the same views.
It can now be revealed that during the recent conference of the Russian opposition (named “Russia after Putin”), leaders of the opposition were discussing the possibility of a Monarchy in Russia. The conference, which took place in July, was attended by all prominent opposition leaders, among them Garry Kasparov, Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov.
However imperfect the current system is, opposition leaders fear that drastic change of the “Putin regime” may lead to the destruction of the country itself. One thing that can ‘save the country from such fate’ is a Monarch who will be above politics and who will unify the people. Therefore, the opposition leaders decreed that it would be a wise move to “invite one of the Romanovs to reign over Russia, for the sake of liberal ideas.”
No, this is not a joke. And yes, the idea was seriously discussed for more than an hour and appeared to score considerable support.
Well, it certainly looks like it’s only a matter of time until one of the Romanovs is asked to come and ‘Reign over Russia’: after all, there are precedents of similar ‘invitations’ in the History of Russia. It remains to be seen who will be quicker – the Government or the Opposition.
There is a hope they will not forget to ask ordinary Russian people what they think about it though.
You can read more about the possibility of restoration of Monarchy in Russia in this thread.Filed under Russia
Tagged Government, Public Opinion, Restoration.