It said that among young people, no Soviet leader, not even Gorbachev or Yeltsin, were popular among young people, but Nicholas II was more popular. What are they teaching in Russian schools nowadays?
Nostalgia rewriting history as the memory fades. All the czars are seeing an uptick in popularity.
Besides poor Nickie comes across in all his correspondence as a likable fellow with a beautiful family totally out of his element as the leader of Russia. Doomed and tragic and pathetic as one sees him floundering away in politics and leadership until when forced to abdicate he breaks down into tears and runs into the arms of his wife. Can't help but feel sorry for him as a victim of events he wasn't able to control or even comprehend.
That's how he's popular. Besides the movies about him and Alexandra are such great romantic tragedy! We Russians love a good romantic tragedy. Look at Tolstoy.