I had some relatives who did some stints in the fringes of the USSR. When nationalist violence erupted, one of them commented that national hatred was covered up by cheap slogans about democracy meant for an impressionable west.
Of course Tsar, I experienced exactly the same things. Everything was “in the name of the democracy” , killings were for example in the name of the “cause” etc.
Bad guys usually do not look like the bad guys, and actually good guys can be worse then bad guys in the times of great changes and chaos.
When bad times come, I ll simply try to control my “small circle”, family, friends, everything else is one huge storm, outside of our control.
Great events in history are usually understandable decades after they happen, and very often real truth is hidden forever.