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.
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".
It won first place in a competition held in 1833 for a new national anthem and was first performed on 18 December 1833. This melody was presented many times in Russian and international cinema.
Portrayed by the All-Russian Emperor Nicholas II (1868—1918) in his coronation robes.
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