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Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Ekaterinburg Prepares for Royal Days in the Urals July 2018
Topic: Ekaterinburg

 Sverdlovsk governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev presides over a special joint working group meeting in Ekaterinburg on 6th June 2017
  
This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

On June 6th, a special joint working group met in Ekaterinburg to discuss initiatives for the upcoming Royal (Tsar's) Days, marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Emperor Nicholas II, his family and their retainers, to be held in Ekaterinburg next year.
 

 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia at Ganina Yama in 2013

Russian Primate to Attend 

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will visit the Sverdlovsk Region from 14-18 July 2018, to take part in the events. In honour of His Holiness’s historic visit, the Archdiocese of Ekaterinburg has made a proposal to change the name of Karl Liebknecht Street back to it’s pre-revolutionary name Ascension Street. It was on this street where the Ipatiev House once stood, and now the Church on the Blood.  

"We are honoured that His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill favourably responded to our invitation and expressed his desire to visit Ekaterinburg in July 2018. The Sverlovsk Oblast authorities in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Ekaterinburg are actively preparing for this historic date." - said Sverdlovsk governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev.

More than 100,000 visitors and pilgrims are expected to attend the events marking the centenary in Ekaterinburg next year

Preparation

Organizers are anticipating that more than 100 thousand visitors and pilgrims will take part in the "Royal Days" events in July 2018, travelling from across Russia, and foreign nations. 

According to Kuyvashev, the joint working group, have developed a series of special events, including cultural, educational and museum programs, new pilgrimage routes, traditional bell ringing ceremonies, and two special exhibitions at Ganina Yama are planned. Also, to mark the centenary will be held a scientific conference attended by scientists, historians and theologians, as well as the XIII International Exhibition-Forum From Repentance to the Resurrection of Russia.

The working group have also announced that additional initiatives marking the 100th anniversary of the memory of the royal family are planned, including the installation of a memorial sign, the minting of a commemorative medal or coin, postcards and other souvenirs.

In addition, the repair and landscaping of roads on the pilgrimage route, leading from the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama (13 miles from Ekaterinburg), as well as improvement on the highway from Ekaterinburg to Alapaevsk, at a total cost of 36 million rubles. 
 

Members of the Russian Imperial family murdered at Alapaevsk on 18 July 1918


Transfer of Romanov Remains

"The head of the regional government together with the ROC are currently studying the issue of the recovery, return to Russia and reburial in Ekaterinburg, of the remains of the members of the Russian Imperial family murdered on 18 July, 1918 in Alapaevsk. These include the remains of sainted Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, as well as other family members, whom are believed to be buried in the former Russian cemetery in Beijing, but yet, unaccounted for" - noted Kuyvashev.

Minister of Culture of the Sverdlovsk region Pavel Vladimirovich Krekov has been entrusted with the task of working with Chinese government officials in locating the remains of Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich, three sons of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (Princes of the Imperial Blood Ioann, Konstantin and Igor), and the son of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, Prince Vladimir Paley, for transfer and burial in Ekaterinburg.
 

The Holy Royal Martyr Family

Ekaterinburg Remains

The investigation into the death of Nicholas II and his family has now been complete, the Moscow Patriarchate is expected to make an announcement in the coming weeks, an announcement which many hope will bring closure to the ROC’s official position on the remains.

Patriarch Kirill held a closed meeting on 14th June, with officials of the Church Commission "to study the results of the study remains found near Ekaterinburg". The meeting, which lasted about five hours, was also attended by representatives of the Investigative Committee and a number of experts who participated in the research in the framework of the criminal case on the Imperial family's death.

Secretary of the Russian Investigative Committee Bishop Tikhon Egoryevsky, held a press conference the same day. He revealed few details on the results of the investigation, but did note that the examination “revealed many new details” about the Ekaterinburg remains. 

The general consensus is that the Moscow Patriarchate will in fact recognize the Ekaterinburg remains - including those of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria - as authentic. A couple of recent moves by the Moscow Patriarchate lead to the speculation that the ROC are making major preparations following the verification and glorification of the Ekaterinburg remains:

- Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will not only attend, but deliver the Divine Liturgy on the night of 16/17 July at the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, and later lead the pilgrimage to Ganina Yama

- The Russian Orthodox Church has laid claim to some 3.7 hectares of land at Porosyonkov Log, where the remains of Nicholas II and his family were transferred from the Five Brothers Mine, and discovered in 1979 by Alexander Avdonin. It is believed that the ROC have plans to build a cathedral or another monastery in honour of the Holy Royal Martyrs, similar to that at Ganina Yama
 
Click here to read my article The Fate of the Ekaterinburg Remains

©  Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 June, 2017 
 

 

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Updated: Tuesday, 27 June 2017 8:37 AM EDT
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Monday, 26 June 2017
Exhibition: Carl Faberge and Alexey Denisov-Uralsky
Topic: Faberge

 
This article has been revised and edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017
 
The Carl Fabergé and Alexey Denisov-Uralsky Exhibition opened on 14th June at the Stone Carving and Jewellery History Museum in Ekaterinburg. The exhibition which marks the 25th Anniversary of the Museum is dedicated to the art of Russian jewellers and stone-carvers of the 19th – early 20th century.

The exhibit is a significant event in the history of the museum, presenting the world's masterpieces of jewellery and lapidary art, a collection of Ural gems, paintings and drawings from the museum's own funds and six Russian museums - including the Moscow Kremlin Museums - as  well as photographs from the archive of the Denisov-Uralsky family.
 
A cigarette case and cufflinks carved from rhodonite with a relief opaque monogram of Emperor Alexander III are perfect examples of the fruitful cooperation between the two famous companies, made by Ekaterinburg carvers in 1891. Eric August Kollin, goldsmith and principal Fabergé master till 1886, attached a mount and gold buckles to them.


The exhibition features 75 pieces by Fabergé 

In 1896, the Ekaterinburg Imperial Lapidary Manufactory was commissioned to execute a small and restrained saltcellar from bright pink rhodonite, and a luxurious rhodonite dish for the rite of bread and salt for the coronation day of Nicholas II. Afterwards, the dish was sold at an antiquarian market, but fortunately, the saltcellar has been preserved in the Kremlin Museums’ collection. Another exquisite dish of Kalkan jasper, made jointly by craftsmen of the Ekaterinburg Imperial Lapidary Manufactory and the Fabergé firm in 1888, is also on display.

Of much interest is a magnificent golden smoky quartz – an exclusive item in the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, created by the renowned artist, stone-carver and jeweller Alexey Denisov-Uralsky. The artisan worked upon the rare mineral, having discovered its best qualities and highlighted its original form and size. According to legend, this quartz belonged to the Emperor Nicholas II who appreciated works of art made of stones, and gems.

The Moscow Kremlin Museums demonstrate unique seals of the Romanov House. There is a desk seal of Emperor Alexander II, made of umber onyx and decorated with precious stones by the famous Petersburg master Samuel Arndt, and a marvellous golden topaz seal in gold mounting, bearing an imperial crown on its handle by Wilhelm Reimer, which belonged to the governor-general of Moscow, Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich.

The House of Fabergé and other Russian jewellery and stone carving manufactories produced both exceptional and unique items commissioned by the Russian Imperial family, and inimitable works from the objets de fantaisie series, as well as utilitarian objects made thoroughly like genuine pieces of art.
 


The exhibit also showcases Faberge's unfinished 1917 Blue Tsarevich Constellation Egg

The Art Nouveau style is represented by a silver cigarette case adorned with relief oak branch bearing a carnelian cabochon, from the Kremlin Museums’ collection. It has a mark of Johan Victor Aarne – a Petersburg workmaster, Finnish by descent, who worked exclusively for the Fabergé firm from 1891 to 1904.

Visitors to the 25th anniversary exhibition will also have the rare opportunity to see jewellery pieces from the collections of the Kremlin Museums; moreover, some of them are exhibited for the first time. Two refined ladies’ brooches decorated with lilac chalcedony cabochon and studded with smallest rose-cut diamonds were acquired not long ago. They were executed by one of the leading jewellers of the Fabergé firm – Alfred Thielemann.

The oldest Russian firm – House of C.E. Bolin – founded in Petersburg as early as 1796, was the factory producing luxurious jewellery pieces which were particularly esteemed in Russia. The brooch with a large-scale golden citrine created by Sophia Schwen, who was a court jeweller to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, is an excellent example of it. Another example is a large-scale brooch in the shape of a bouquet inlayed all over by Ural demantoid – minerals of Russian art nouveau.

The display uniting masterpieces of different types and genres, made at the leading Russian manufactories throughout half a century, is a remarkable event in the Ural region famous for its wonderful traditions of stone carving and jewellery.

The Carl Fabergé and Alexey Denisov-Uralsky Exhibition runs from 14th June to 10th September 2017 at the Stone Carving and Jewellery History Museum, Ekaterinburg

© Moscow Kremlin State Museum / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 June, 2017
 

 

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Updated: Monday, 26 June 2017 10:54 AM EDT
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Saturday, 24 June 2017
This Week in the News - The Romanovs and Imperial Russia
Topic: News

 
Could this Fabergé flower study be the greatest jewellery find in the Antique Roadshow's 40-year history?
 
This Week in the News is a new feature on my Royal Russia News blog. It includes a link and brief summary to a full-length article published in the past week from a variety of English language media sources.
 
This new initiative is a courtesy to those who do not have a Facebook account, or for some reason cannot view the Royal Russia Facebook page - now, with more than 101,000 followers from around the world!
 
Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following full-length articles, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the week ending 24 June 2017:
 
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$1.27 Million Fabergé Flower Stuns Jewelry Expert on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

A Fabergé flower study valued at an estimated £1 million ($1.27 million) has joined the pantheon of the most expensive items ever appraised by Antiques Roadshow. 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral administrator vows landmark will continue functioning as museum

St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg will continue to operate as a museum, its newly-appointed Director Yuri Mudrov said at his first meeting with employees. 

7 facts about a sumptuous English palace on the Black Sea coast + 14 PHOTOS

The Vorontsov Palance – an English castle in Crimea – was Churchill's residence and Beria's dacha. RBTH has collected the most interesting facts about an architectural gem of the Crimean coast.

PHOTOS

Portraits of Alexander III and Alexander II appear on the trains of the Moscow Metro, as part of an advertising campaign to promote the permanent exhibition dedicated to the Romanov and Rurik Dynasties, which opened at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh) in Moscow in December 2015.

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Updated: Saturday, 24 June 2017 3:10 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Call for Restoration of Chapels at Kremlin Walls
Topic: Kremlin

 
The two chapels at Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin were demolished in the 1920s.
The domes (right) of the Ascension (Voznesensky) Convent can be seen behind the Kremlin walls

This article was originally published by Pravoslavie.ru on 21 June 2017

The All-Russian public movement “The People’s Council” has called for the restoration of the chapels near the Spasskaya and Nikolskaya towers of the Moscow Kremlin, reports Interfax-Religion.

“There are two ancient chapels standing near the Spasskaya tower, destroyed more than 90 years ago, that remain unrestored until the present day—Spasskaya and Smolenskaya—which were an integral part of the Moscow Kremlin’s architectural ensemble. They received their names in honor of the icons on the Spasskaya Tower walls—the Savior Not Made By Hands, and the Smolensk Savior,” reads the movement’s appeal to President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill.

The chapels were built of stone in 1802, and torn down and rebuilt in 1812 as part of a new project. They were again dismantled and rebuilt in 1868 with the restoration of the Spasskaya Tower, and finally were demolished in 1925. There were another two chapels by the Nikolsky Kremlin Gates that were repeatedly rebuilt, and which were demolished in the same year.

“The question of reconstructing these chapels on their former historical place is a logical continuation of the restoration work recently done on the historical appearance of the Moscow Kremlin—the heart of Moscow and of all of Russia,” the movement believes.

According to the “People’s Council” representatives, the restoration of the chapels would be not only a significant spiritual and cultural-historical event in the life of Russia, “but an act of restoring historical justice.”

They have also asked the president and patriarch to promote the returning of the Khlynov (Vyatka) Icon of the Savior Not Made By Hands, in honor of which the main tower of the Moscow Kremlin is named, to the inner wall of the Spasskaya Tower.

An ancient icon of the Savior, depicting St. Sergius of Radonezh and St. Varlaam of Khutn prostrate at His feet, which was plastered over by the Soviets in the 1930s, was restored to its historical place over the main gate of the Moscow Kremlin and blessed by His Holiness Pat. Kirill on August 28, 2010. On November 4 of the same year, the Day of People’s Unity, the restored 15th-16th century icon of St. Nicholas of Mozhaysk on the Nikolskaya Tower was also blessed by Pat. Kirill. In November 2015, the long-awaited demolition began on the Kremlin Presidium or “Building 14,” which housed the offices of the Supreme Soviet from the 1930s until 2011, where two monasteries once stood, thus further restoring the Kremlin’s historical appearance.

Click here for more information on the lost architectural monuments of the Moscow Kremlin.

© Pravoslavie.ru / Interfax. 21 June, 2017
 

 

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Updated: Friday, 23 June 2017 6:29 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Unique Palace Church Restoration at Oranienbaum
Topic: Oranienbaum

 
The newly restored three-tiered gilded iconostasis of the Oranienbaum Court Church
Photos © Peterhof State Museum Preserve

This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

On 15th June, members of the Russian media and press were invited to Oranienbaum for an exclusive preview of the newly restored court church.

Shortly after the Great Menshikov Palace at Oranienbaum was handed over to the administration of the Peterhof State Museum Preserve in the 2000s, extensive restoration work began in the western pavilion of the palace. 

One of the most ambitious and costly of the restorations was the interior of the palace church. Restorers were able to recreate the church’s historic appearance, in which 40% of the interiors were preserved and conserved, including the original trim dating from middle of the 18th century, and a pencil drawing attributed to Antonio Rinaldi (1710-1794). 

One of the greatest accomplishments is the recreation of the magnificent three-tiered gilded iconostasis. It was created in 1725 in the Moscow studio of Ivan Zarudnogo modeled on Western European Baroque altars, and subsequently destroyed by the Soviets in the 1930s.

Artists from the St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, led by Professor J.G. Bobrova will undertake the delicate recreation of the lost images of the iconostasis and the 39 wall paintings lost during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Photographs depicting the beautiful interior decoration of the church before its destruction in 1939 were discovered in no less than 13 separate archives around the country. These materials, as well as drawings of the second half of the 18th century, will help restorers with the re-creation of the lost images of the iconostasis and wall paintings.

The Oranienbaum court church is scheduled to open to the public in 2018.

The Great Menshikov Palace has a rich history. Peter the Great presented the land to Prince Alexander Menshikov around 1710. Three years later, Menshikov began construction of his palace. After his arrest and exile in 1727 the Oranienbaum estate was passed to the State, and became a naval hospital. In 1743, the estate was presented by the Empress Elizabeth to her nephew, the future Emperor Peter III. Peter commissioned the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to renovate the palace, who left the exteriors untouched, but created sumptuous interiors. Numerous other architects made further alterations and the palace continued to change owners within the Romanov family, including Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich (1798-1849) and his wife, the Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna (1807-1873).

Click here to view 20 more photos of the restoration of the Oranienbaum Court Church, courtesy of the Peterhof State Museum Preserve.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 June, 2017
 

 

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Updated: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 6:25 AM EDT
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Monday, 19 June 2017
Actor's Faberge Jewelled Timepiece
Topic: Faberge

 
Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel timepiece
Photo © Sotheby's London 
 
Sotheby’s Russian works of art sale on 6 June was led by a Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel timepiece made by the workmaster Henrik Wigström in St Petersburg. Dating from 1904-1908, the timepiece was previously owned by the actor Yul Brynner - purchased from Wartski, London, 11 August 1966 - it was estimated at £180,000-250,000, but sold at £240,000 ($305,000 USD).

The Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel timepiece, workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1904-1908: square, the face enamelled in translucent salmon pink over sunburst engine-turning and painted with radiating dendritic tendrils, the numbers each set with rose-cut diamonds on raised discs of translucent white enamel over concentric engine-turning intertwined with gold laurel, white line border, the frame of chased gold acanthus leaves, ivory back, silver scroll strut, struck with workmaster's initials and Fabergé in Cyrillic, 56 and 88 standards, scratched inventory numbers 15890 (crossed out) and 14845 or 14245, in a wood Wartski case, height 8.9cm, 3 1/2 in.

The actor Yul Brynner (1920-1985) was born in Vladivostok and retained an interest in his Russian heritage and in Russian objects throughout his life. He narrated Lost to the Revolution, a documentary of the Forbes Collection of Imperial Fabergé eggs, in 1981. 

Source: Sotheby’s London

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 June, 2017
 

 

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Updated: Monday, 19 June 2017 1:07 PM EDT
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New Monument to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich Unveiled Near Moscow
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD

 
Monument to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich (1857-1905), in the Romanov Walk of Fame,
at the Saint Nicholas Berlyukovsky Monastery. Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society

This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

A new monument to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich (1857-1905) was unveiled and consecrated on 8th June, at the Saint Nicholas Berlyukovsky Monastery, situated about 42 kilometres northeast of Moscow.

The monument is situated on the "Romanov Walk of Fame" - a path within the grounds of the historic monastery which contains eight similar monuments to members of the Russian Imperial family who contributed to the history of Russia and Saint Nicholas Berlyukovsky Monastery: Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich (2011), Emperors Alexander I and Alexander III (2012), Emperor Alexander II (2013), Emperor Nicholas II (2014), Emperors Paul I and Nicholas I (2015), Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (2016). There are plans to inaugurate similar memorials to other members of the Russian Imperial family in the future.

The monument to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was made by the Russian sculptor Aleksandr Alekseevich Apollonov (born 11 August 1947 - died 12 June 2017, in a fatal car accident). The installation of the monument is a joint project of the Saint Nicholas Berlyukovsky Monastery and the Revival of Cultural Heritage Charity Fund, with the support of the Moscow Regional Branch of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society. 

This project is aimed primarily at the patriotic education of our compatriots, the popularization of the great history of Russia, its heroes, generals, priests and rulers, who gave all their strength for the prosperity of the country.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 June, 2017
 

 

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Updated: Monday, 19 June 2017 12:44 PM EDT
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Saturday, 17 June 2017
This Week in the News - The Romanovs and Imperial Russia
Topic: News

 
Items from the collections of the Peterhof State Museum went on display at Chengdu Museum on 11th June in the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. A total of 243 precious items, including oil paintings, china, sculptures, clothes and furniture, tell the story of Russia’s Romanov Dynasty (1613-1917). Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be open to the public until August 27.
 
This Week in the News is a new feature on my Royal Russia News blog. It includes a link and brief summary to a full-length article published in the past week from a variety of English language media sources.
 
This new initiative is a courtesy to those who do not have a Facebook account, or for some reason cannot view the Royal Russia Facebook page - now, with more than 100,000 followers from around the world!
 
Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following full-length articles, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the week ending 17 June 2017

ARTICLES

Russian tsar Nicolas II and his family's final summer in Tsarskoye Selo + 10 PHOTOS

The emperor and his family were murdered in the basement of the house they were exiled to in Yekaterinburg during the night of 16/17 July 1918. Just a year before, in March he had abdicated the throne and spent the summer in his Tsarskoye Selo residence near St. Petersburg. It was the last time in the tsar and family's life that they enjoyed their lofty status. Despite the fact they were always under guard, they walked, read, and enjoyed the summer months. 

British Royal Family Invited to Ekaterinburg for Centenary of Romanov Martyrdom

The mayor of Ekaterinburg has sent an invitation to members of the British royal family to attend events commemorating the centenary of the martyrdom of the last Russian royal family, which will be celebrated in 2018. 

An Oxford House and Imperial Russia

Elizabeth Jane Timms has written the following article about Charles Sydney Gibbes (tutor to the children of Tsar Nicholas II), and his home in Oxford. 

How German actor Lars Eidinger's new film unleashed a scandal in Russia

The film "Matilda," starring Lars Eidinger as the last Russian tsar, does not offend religious feelings in Russia, according to an expert's report. DW's Juri Rescheto talks to Eidinger in Moscow about the controversy. 

Searching for the Tsars' treasure

Here we go again! Will the latest search reveal any more secrets as to the whereabouts of the famous Amber Room? Excavations begin near infamous concentration camp to find £200m loot Nazi troops stole from Russia's dazzling Amber Room in 1941. 

Head of the Russian Imperial House arrives in Malta

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna is in Malta for an official visit marking the 140th anniversary of the birth, in Malta, of her grandmother.

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Updated: Saturday, 17 June 2017 1:40 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Russian Royal Classics
Topic: Books

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