Looking at the opulence and grandeur of the Hermitage (consisting of the Winter Palace and two adjoining palaces) it is easy to see why there was a revolution.
The ordinary people had very little while the aristocracy lived with such gross extravagance. Squeezed between the huge expenditure of the Church and the aristocracy the people were left destitute and lived in poverty.
This is the same the world over. The elite take a huge share and the ordinary people get to live off what’s left. This gross inequality has never been greater than that of the present day.
It was the storming of the Winter Palace that heralded the start of the revolution. After French and Russian revolutions the British aristocracy were terrified that it was going to happen here – and still are! That is why we have the media frenzy against any party that even smacks of equality.