This bizarre Netflix show about the Romanovs seems to have been made for people who have never heard of Russia. How do you spell disaster in Cyrillic?

Forgive the makers of this series, for they know not what they do. All you need to know to understand everything about The Last Czars is summed up in this early sample dialogue from an exchange between the tsar and his new wife. He has just murmured: “Oh Mrs Romanov!” to her in bed on their wedding night. Then he says: “You know, my father was a great leader. The people adored him.” She replies: “It’s not the people I worry about. It’s your family. You need to be strong! You’re the tsar!”

This is the level we are operating on. I thought I might avoid watching this series; its likely flaws screamed so loud. But I was in Moscow last week and it was…

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