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Saturday, 23 July 2016
Exhibition Dedicated to Emperor Nicholas I Opens at Borodino Museum
Topic: Nicholas I

Emperor Nicholas I, by the famous Austrian sculptor N.-M. Shroedel
This article has been edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

The Borodino Filed Museum-Reserve, situated near Moscow has opened a new exhibition dedicated to the Emperor Nicholas I. The 6th July (O.S. 25th June) marks the 220th anniversary of his birth in 1796, and 177 years ago he founded the museum at Borodino.

Nicholas I ascended the throne in 1825, in 1837, he purchased the village of Borodino, and gave it to his son, the heir to the Russian throne Tsesarevich Alexander Nikolaevich (future Emperor Alexander II). In 1839 a grand celebration was held marking the anniversary of Borodino. On the very day of the battle on August 26th, the main monument of the Borodino field was consecrated. Several days later grand maneuvers were held involving 120,000 troops, who re-enacted famous battle scenes. For seventeen days, the palace and park ensemble at Borodino became the seat of the Emperor.

In those memorable days the emperor issued a decree for the establishment of a museum dedicated to the great battle in a small house situated at the foot of the Rajewski battery. Its first exhibits were: battlefield maps of Military Topographic Office and the numerous testimonies of the Borodino battle - core canisters, fragments of grenades, horseshoes, and various weapons.

The current exhibition, opened at the Borodino Field Museum-Preserve as a tribute to the Emperor Nicholas I, whose writings were preserved and perpetuated the memory of the glory of 1812 and the Battle of Borodino. Among the exhibits are portraits of the Emperor Nicholas I, painted by Russian and Western European artists; watercolours and lithographs with views of the Borodino estate and scenes of the 1839 celebration, the anniversary of Borodino. A few exhibits from the collection of rare books tell about the deeds of the Russian Emperor to perpetuate the memory of that ever-memorable year of Russia.

The main artefact of the exhibition is a sculptural portrait of Emperor Nicholas I, by the famous Austrian sculptor N.-M. Shroedel, who worked in Russia from 1849. It refers to the first sample of the domestic industry and bronze casting "cabinet-interior bronze". The work was acquired by the funds of the Borodino Museum in December 2015 and is being exhibited for the first time.

The exhibition will run until the end of 2016.

The Borodino Field Museum
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia / Presidential Library. 23 July, 2016


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Friday, 22 July 2016
Romanov Legacy: The Palaces and Residences of the Russian Imperial Family 2017 Calendar
Topic: Royal Russia

Cover: Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, St. Petersburg, 1870.
Photo: Albert Nikolaevich Benois
Royal Russia is pleased to offer a limited printing of our 2017 calendar. It features another dozen palaces and residences of the Russian Imperial family with full colour cover, and 30 black and white vintage photos.

Price: $10.00 + postage. We ship worldwide by Canada Post.
Credit cards and PayPal accepted. 

The following palaces and residences are featured in this years calendar:

- Vladimir Palace, St. Petersburg

- Palace of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, St. Petersburg

- Palace of Grand Duke Dmitri Konstantinovich, Ai-Todor, Crimea

- Oreanda Palace, Crimea

- Palace of Peter III, Oranienbaum

- Palace of Grand Duke Nikolai Konstantinovich, Tashkent

- Saint Michael's Castle, St. Petersburg

- Mariinsky Palace, St. Petersburg

- Ilyniskoye, near Moscow

- Menshikov Palace, Oranienbaum

- Mariinsky Palace, Kiev

- Brasovo, near Orel


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A net portion from the sale of each calendar helps offset the growing costs of maintaining the Royal Russia web site, blog and Facebook page. Your purchase is helping to keep the memories of old Russia alive.




© Royal Russia. 22 July, 2016


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Updated: Friday, 22 July 2016 11:14 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Communist MP Repents for Bolshevik Killings of Russia's Last Imperial Family
Topic: Bolsheviks

"Forgive us, Sovereign!"
This article researched and translated from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

Sergei Sibikin, a Communist Party deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Orenburg has issued a unique repentance for the murder of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. 

He has paid for the placement of four billboards with the image of the royal family and the inscription "Forgive us, Sovereign!" in the Russian cities of Orsk and Mednogorsk. Sibikin, who is currently campaigning in regional elections, acknowledged during a campaign speech that the billboards are timed to the 98th anniversary of the murder of the royal family, but also emphasized that he does not support a restoration of the monarchy in Russia.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is preceded by the Communist Party of the RSFSR (1990-91), preceded by the CPSU (1912-1991) and preceded by the RSDLP or Bolsheviks (1898-1918).

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 July, 2016


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Updated: Tuesday, 19 July 2016 10:56 AM EDT
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98th Anniversary of the Alapaevsk Murders
Topic: Alapaevsk

Members of the Russian Imperial family who were murdered by the Bolsheviks on 18th July, 1918
This article written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

On 18th July, 1918, the day after the murders of the last emperor, Nicholas II and his family in Ekaterinburg, six additional members of the extended Russian Imperial family were also murdered by their Bolshevik captors near Alapaevsk.

Among them were: Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna with her sister in Christ Varvara, Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich and his secretary Feodor Ramez, 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.

On the night of 17-18th of July they were taken outside the town towards the Verkhne-Siniachikhinsky Factory, and their bodies were thrown in to the abandoned Staroselimskaia Shaft, which is situated about 12 miles from Alapaevsk.

The White Army launched an investigation of the murders immediately after they took Alapaevsk on 28th September, 1918. On 9-11 October, 1918 the bodies of the martyrs were taken out of the shaft, and on 19th October, 1918 they were buried in a crypt of the Holy Trinity Cathedral with great honour. 

In July 1919, as the Red troops were advancing to the city Hiegumen Seraphim (Kuznetsov) transferred the coffins with the relics first to Chita, and later to Beijing (China). 

In January 1921 the relics of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth and nun Varvara were transferred to Jerusalem and buried in the crypt of the Church of Mary Magdalene of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, where they remain now.

The remains of the male members of the Romanov family were buried in Peking in the 1920s, however, they have never been found. There are two possible burial sites for the Martyrs of Alapaevsk - the Russian Embassy in Beijing (former Russian spiritual mission) and the former Russian cemetery which is now a city park.

The Church of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in Peking once stood on the site where people now play a game of golf. The church was demolished during the communist era and became part of the park, where the tombs of the Martyrs of Alapaevsk and servants of the Fatherland - participants of the First World War - are buried underground.
Last year, during an official visit to Beijing, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill received assurances from Chinese authorities to recover the remains and return them to Russia.

The Monastery of New Martyrs of Russia at Alapaevsk
Today at Alapaevsk there is a Veneration Cross (see above photo) and a small chapel dedicated to Grand Duchess Elizabeth built near the old shaft. In 1996 a monastery dedicated to the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia was built nearby.

The classroom of the Grammar School, where Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Sister Varvara were held captive is now a memorial museum.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 July, 2016


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Updated: Tuesday, 19 July 2016 6:13 AM EDT
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Famous Cruiser of the Imperial Russian Navy Returns to St. Petersburg
Topic: Imperial Russia

The cruiser Aurora of the Russian Imperial Navy
This article was researched and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

The legendary cruiser Aurora, was handed over to the Russian Navy after modernization on 15th July at the Kronstadt marine plant. The following day, thousands of people lined the banks of the Neva River in St. Petersburg to watch the traditional anchorage of the historic warship on Petrogradskaya Embankment.

The Aurora had been undergoing modernization, which is estimated at around 800 million rubles ($13 million USD), since September 2014. 
Built at the Baltic shipyard in St. Petersburg, the Diana-class first rate cruiser Aurora was launched in a ceremony on 11th May, 1900, with Russian Emperor Nicholas II and members of the Russian Imperial family in attendance. The Emperor named the ship after a sailing frigate that had defended Russia’s Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Pacific Ocean during the Crimean War (1853-56).
The Aurora was commissioned on 29th July, 1903, and covered more than 100,000 miles and took part in three wars. In Soviet days, it was believed that the Aurora salvo was a signal to the start of an armed uprising on October 25, 1917 (the Great October Socialist Revolution). The cruiser was badly damaged during the defence of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during the Great Patriotic War against fascist Germany in 1941-1945. The ship was repaired and moored at Petrogradzklaya embankment in 1948.

Before 1956, the Aurora was used as a training base for the students of the Nakhimov Naval College located in St. Petersburg. The St. Andrew flag of the Russian Navy went up on the Aurora in 1992. 

Unlike the Soviet years when the ship was used for propaganda purposes, the newly restored Aurora will be the venue of a new historical exposition, which will open late in July. It will include nine rooms devoted to the cruiser’s participation in three wars - the 1904-1905 Russian-Japanese war; the First World War and WWII.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 July, 2016


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Updated: Tuesday, 19 July 2016 6:06 AM EDT
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Monday, 18 July 2016
Thousands Gather in Ekaterinburg for Royal Procession to Ganina Yama
Topic: Holy Royal Martyrs

Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye leads a public prayer at Ganina Yama on the morning of 17 July, 2016
This article was translated and written from Russian media sources by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

On the night of 16/17 July, 2016, marking the 98th anniversary of the murder of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, the traditional Royal procession from the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg to the Holy Royal Monastery at Ganina Yama took place. 

An all night vigil was held in the Church on the Blood, which included a Divine Liturgy by Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye.

The procession follows the route taken on that fateful day in July 1918, from the Ipatiev House to the abandoned Four Brothers mine, where the remains of Russia’s last Imperial family and four faithful retainers were initially disposed of by their murderers.
According to a press release issued by the Ekaterinburg Diocese, Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye headed the procession of more than 60,000 people who took part in this year’s procession.

The procession began about 2:30 am, and was accompanied by 25 mobile teams of the Orthodox Mercy Service along the entire route. The group included priests, nuns and volunteers, as well as representatives of the Holy Dormition brotherhood of the Ekaterinburg Diocese. They assisted pilgrims with places to rest, provided bottles of drinking water, while nurses provided first aid.

The 20 kilometre procession took the faithful about 5 hours to complete. Upon arrival at Ganina Yama, they were met by the clergy and the sound of the monastery church bells. A public prayer for the Holy Royal Martyrs took place around the large Orthodox cross which marks the spot where the remains of the Imperial family and their retainers were burned and then thrown into the abandoned mine shaft on 17th July, 1918. A Divine Liturgy was also held in main church of the monastery. 

Large tents were erected which provided tired pilgrims with a place to rest and enjoy a free breakfast. Twelve shuttle buses also provided free transport back to Ekaterinburg.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 July, 2016


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Updated: Monday, 18 July 2016 6:58 AM EDT
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Sunday, 17 July 2016
Topic: Nicholas II

This article was researched and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

The last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, was a pious man whose Christian priorities
were as misunderstood by Western observers as they were despised by Lenin.

His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov was born in the Blue Boudoir of his mother Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna (the future Empress Maria Feodorovna) of the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo on 18 [O.S. 6] May 1868. He came into this world on the day upon which the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of St. Job the Long-Suffering. Upon the death of his father Emperor Alexander III on 1 November [O.S. 20 October] 1894, Emperor Nicholas II was destined to reign as Russia's last Orthodox Christian monarch until his abdication on 15 [O.S. 2] March 1917.

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 July, 2016


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Today marks the 98th anniversary of the murders of Emperor Nicholas II and his family in Ekaterinburg. 
The Emperor, along with his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna, their four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, their only son and heir to the Russian throne, Alexei, and four faithful retainers who chose to accompany them into exile: Dr. Eugene Botkin, Anna Demidova, Alexei Trupp and Ivan Kharitonov were murdered in the basement of the Ipatiev House in the early morning hours of 17th July, 1918. There were no survivors.
The following day (18th July) at Alapaevsk, more Romanov blood was spilled by the thugs and criminals of the new Bolshevik regime. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, the Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich; Princes Ioann Konstantinovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich, Igor Konstantinovich and Vladimir Pavlovich Paley; Grand Duke Sergei's secretary, Feodor Remez; and Varvara Yakovleva, a sister from the Grand Duchess's convent, met a brutal death here after being thrown down an abandoned mineshaft by their captors.
Their murders were followed by the Red Terror unleashed by Vladimir Lenin and later by his successor, Joseph Stalin. For more than 70 years Russia would suffer under the hands of an evil regime, one that resulted in the murder of millions of innocent people, and the persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church.
From 1917-1991, the Soviet state was committed to the destruction of religion. They set about desecrating and destroying churches, ridiculed, harassed and massacred large numbers of clergy and believers. They proceeded to flood the schools and media with atheistic teachings, and generally promoted atheism as the truth that society should accept. The total number of Christian victims of Soviet state atheist policies, is estimated to be in the millions.
Since 1991, the world has witnessed the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of Communism, the resurrection of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia, the canonization of the last tsar and his family, plus the judicial rehabilitation of Nicholas II and his immediate family, new churches and memorials honour their memory. Indeed, the Bolsheviks have been brought down.
The family of Nicholas II was canonized on 1 November 1981 as new martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. They were canonized along with their servants, who had been killed along with them. All were canonized as victims of oppression by the Bolsheviks. The Russian Orthodox Church did not canonize the servants, two of whom were not Russian Orthodox: Alexei Trupp was Roman Catholic and Catherine Adolphovna Schneider was Lutheran.

Alexandra's sister, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna, was canonized on 1 November 1981 as New-Martyr Elizabeth by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, along with Prince Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia, Prince Igor Konstantinovich of Russia, Prince Konstantine Konstantinovich of Russia, Grand Duke Sergey Mikhaylovich of Russia, and Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, and Elizabeth's faithful companion, Sister Varvara Yakovleva, who were all killed with her. Fyodor Remez, Grand Duke Sergei's personal secretary, who was killed as well, was not canonized. They are known as the Martyrs of Alapaevsk.

In 1992, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna and Varvara Yakovleva were canonized as New-Martyr Elizabeth and New-Martyr Barbara by the Moscow Patriarchate (the Orthodox Church inside Russia). The grand dukes and others killed with them were not canonized.

On 20 August 2000, after much debate, the family of Nicholas II was canonized as passion bearers by the Moscow Patriarchate.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 July, 2016


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Updated: Saturday, 16 July 2016 6:56 AM EDT
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Friday, 15 July 2016
Children of Emperor Nicholas II Exhibit Opens at Livadia
Topic: Livadia

This article was translated and written from Russian media sources by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

A new exhibition dedicated to the children of Emperor Nicholas II has opened at the Livadia Palace-Museum, with the support of  the Cultural Heritage Revival Foundation and Historical Research Center.

The exhibit opened on 1st July in the former home of Count Vladimir Borisovich Frederiks (1838 – 1927), who served as Imperial Household Minister between 1897 and 1917 under Nicholas II. Frederiks former Crimean residence is adjacent to the Livadia Palace.

Three new exhibition halls feature hundreds of photographs from the private albums Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and her close friend and maid of honour Anna Vyrubova, as well as other unique and rare photos from private collections. These Photographic materials, reveal the harmony of the relationship of the royal family, and the simple aristocratic life in the imperial residences at Tsarskoye Selo, Peterhof and Livadia.

These photographs depict the children in the various stages of their lives: childhood, youth and young adults. Each of them worked hard during their short lives for the good of their beloved motherland. Photographs of the children are set against the background of the palaces and parks, enjoying fun and games, pilgrimages, participation in military parades, church services, playing with toys and dolls, as well as images in their classrooms and bedrooms. The exhibit is further complemented with a collection of watercolours painted by the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and their brother Alexei.

Part of the exhibition is devoted to the education of Heir to the Throne Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich, or, as he was known in the family, Sunbeam.

The photo exhibition Children of the Emperor Nicholas II runs until 30th December 2016. Admission is 100 rubles.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 July, 2016


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