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'God Save the Tsar' - The National Anthem of Tsarist Russia (Video)

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Apropos the US inauguration, it is interesting to remember what Russians used to sing to honor their Head of State.

"God, Save the Tsar" was the national anthem of the Russian Empire from 1833 till 1917.

<figcaption>Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia</figcaption>
Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia

It was written by Alexey Lvov (music) and Vasiliy Zhukovskiy (text),  at the order of Nikolay I, and first titled "A Prayer of the Russian Nation".

Don't forget to turn on captions.

This melody was presented many times in Russian and international cinema.

Kuban Cossack Chorus is one of the leading Folkloric ensembles in Russia. Its repertoire and performances reflect the songs, dances and folklore of the Kuban Cossacks. 


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