Klinger: "No, honest."
didn't know this was a tsarist site
I suppose evil is a bit of an overstatement, but Nicholas was not a good leader whatsoever. Lenin, although as brutal as Nicholas, was a good leader.
That said, this is just my personal opinion.
Also just want to note that serfdom had been abolished by his grandfather in 1861.
But, yes, you are right about his grandfather abolishing it. I guess both Lenin and Nicholas stank in their own way.
So I don't think Nicholas had bad intentions--he just had no clue what he was doing and allowed himself to be pushed around by bad people. Lenin I would say is the opposite--a bad person who was shrewd enough to make good political decisions. (Though as you said, Stalin was way worse.)
Depending on how the question is interpreted, possibly also:
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