"Alexei getting a piggyback ride from the commander of the Standart, Nikolai Sablin ~ Nikolai himself served in Standart between 1906 and 1914. In 1914 Sablin became the naval Aide de camp to Tsar Nicholas II and later in World War I commanded a battalion of the Russian Guard. He was dismissed from service after the February Revolution and joined the White Russian forces in Ukraine. Died in Paris. Before death he left his memories about Nikolay II and his family"
Dismantling of the Tsar Nicholas II statue - Moscow (1918) The dismantling of Tsarist symbols and monuments became a priority of the Bolsheviks upon their accent to power. This was done to remove all traces of the old regime and to strip Russia of its “old values” which were deemed as a barrier to the expansion of communism.