Every story has an ending, and we’ve reached the end of Catherine the Great. Born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia…converted to Catherine II by the Russian Orthodox Church…and becoming Catherine the Great within the pages of history. It’s time to talk about the final days of Catherine the Great, the mist of propaganda myths that surround them, and the future of Russia afterwards.
Catherine II may have taken the throne, but there were plenty of usurpers lurking throughout her empire. The new empress would crush several rebellions and prevent countless coups, many pathetic, to keep herself within the palace. One could easily call the early days of Catherine’s reign as relatively unstable. Perhaps the only two reasons the people of Russia didn’t immediately call for Catherine to give up the throne were the unpopular opinions of Peter III and the fact that Catherine had issued 40,000 soldiers to patrol the streets.
A recent poll has shown several shocking numbers since the Ukraine invasions and conflict. For the first time in six years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has figures of over eighty percent when it comes to national approval. Even more impressive when it comes to national numbers, it is the first time since 2010 that his approval rating is over seventy percent.