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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Czar Alexander II

Czar Alexander II (1818-1881) succeeded to the Russian throne upon the death of his father, Nicholas I, on March 2, 1855.

Alexander was motivated by Christian principles and on March 3, 1861 he announced the emancipation of 23 million serfs. During his reign there was a revival in the Russian church helped by the wide availability to all Russians from the 1860s of the Scriptures in their native language.

Alexander II had a special crystal bottle of Roederer champagne made for the Three Emperors Dinner in 1867 so he could admire the bubbles.

Alexander was assassinated on March 13, 1881 by bombs thrown beneath his carriage in St Petersburg by Nihilists.

His dying words were "I am sweeping through the gates, washed in the blood of the lamb."

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