Russia’s Future Ruler.
What may he in store for Turkey, Germany, or Austria indeed for Great Britain itself—from the moment the helm of the Russian State ship shall be confided to the vigorous grasp of Alexander Alexandrovich no man can say. The Czarovich is a Prince cast in a very different mould from that which shaped his weak, amiable, easily-influenced sire. He is known to entertain fixed opinions, resolves, and projects, and to adhere to them with all the tenacity of a singularly determined and self-relying nature. Of his fervent faith in the Panslavistio dogmas no doubt has boon entertained since ho came to manhood by those who know him best; and his antipathy to all German men and things is no less notorious than his sympathy with the attractive qualities of the French nation. He is believed by his countrymen to be, before all else, a* true and uncompromising Russian patriot; to hold in horror the system of. peculation, bribery, and administrative fraud that has honeycombed the Empire during the last two reigns, and brought it to the brink of ruin; to have set his face in particular against abuses of their high station practiced hitherto with impunity by certain of his own near relatives, and to have vowed himself to the mission, as far as the internal affairs of his native land are concerned, of extirpating, root and branch, the countless abominations tolerated by his father, with what results the Nihilistic movement has only too terribly demonstrated. The Russian Crown Prince, under whatever title he may assume the active government of his imperial heritage, c»regent or other, is generally expected to come forward as a radical reformer at home, and as a vigorous promoter of the Panslavistio programme abroad. Should he realise the anticipations at present entertained on his account, it is more than probable that Russia’s neighbors in Europe and in Asia will, in the course of a few years to come, find ample reason to regret the romantic union that is about to lead to Alexander Nicolaievich’s renunciation of imperial sway in favor of Alexander Alexandrovich.—London Telegraph.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 221, 20 December 1880
Russia’s Future Ruler. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 221, 20 December 1880
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