- May 2014
Indeed, it would be even better if Michael (Tsar Michael II of Russia, in this scenario ) will surround himself with competent advisers such as Sergei Witte and Pyotr Durnovo.Perhaps the best way for this to occur would be to have Tsarevich Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II in real life) get assassinated in 1891 in the Otsu incident. This would have made Nicholas's younger brother George the new Tsarevich. In turn, George would become Russian Tsar after Alexander III's death in 1894. Since George had tuberculosis, he would have probably abdicated and/or died shortly afterwards (as in real life). Thus, George's and Nicolas's younger brother Michael would have likely become the new Russian Tsar sometime in the late 1890s. As far as I know, Michael did appear to have some liberal sympathies, and thus, if he manages to survive for several decades after he would have become Tsar (say, until the 1950s or 1960s), he might have been both willing and able to eventually make Russia a genuine constitutional monarchy by the time of his death, as well as to hopefully avoid making some or all of the stupid decisions which his elder brother Nicholas made in real life (which in turn might have ensured the survival of the Russian monarchy up to the point of Michael's death and beyond).
There--how is that?