Czar Nicolas I was assassinated on the site of this church, which was built to commemorate his life. Nicolas I was one of the few Czars who was reform-minded and even interested in creating a constitutional monarchy. His untimely death may have delayed meaningful reforms for nearly 100 years, through the years of anarchy and protest, through the October 1917 revolution and two disasterous world wars, and finally decades of oppression and economic malaise under communist rule, to the time the Soviet Union finally collapsed. In the most recent elections, the communist party garnered only 13% of the votes. Neither forgotten, nor gone.