Topic: Royal Russia
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Dear Friends of Royal Russia:
This letter is part of my annual Christmas appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and admirers of the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.
Established in 1994, Royal Russia has been a personal labour of love for more than two decades, one which I am honoured to share with many others around the world on a daily basis. I am able to achieve this via my web site, news blog and through the publication of my two popular periodicals: Royal Russia and Sovereign.
I devote many hours each day, browsing Russian language media sites to bring you the latest news on the Romanov dynasty, their history and legacy, exhibitions, and more. Articles and news stories of interest are translated from Russian, and supplemented with photographs and videos.
In the past year, the Royal Russia web site underwent a major overhaul. New full-length articles were revised and updated, while a new video and film archive was launched. The Royal Russia News blog was created in March 2011, and now features more than 2,300 news stories, and photographs, with new material being added on a near daily basis. In 2017, more than 200 articles and news stories were translated from Russian and added to my news blog.
Web Site and Blog:
The growing number of visitors from around the world, who utilize my web site on a daily basis - a record number of more than 5 million visitors in 2017. The growing interest in Royal Russia has resulted in a growing increase in my monthly operational and maintence costs.
For instance, I am forced to pay for more bandwidth in order to accomodate such a large and growing audience. This also allows me to upload and share more videos, photographs (JPEGs), music (MPEGs), online auction catalogues and other documents (PDFs), which utilize a lot of space.
Further, I pay an annual fee to my web-host Lycos-Angelfire, a monthly fee to keep my web site and blog free from advertising pop-ups, domain registration and a host of other services.
All of these fees are paid for out of my own pocket, and paid in US dollars.
This financial strain has deepened even further since I semi-retired in October 2016, and downsized both the publishing and book selling divisions of my business. The regular updates on the Royal Russia web site and news blog are now more dependant than ever on the kindness and generosity of its followers and supporters.
"In 2017, more than 200 articles and news stories were translated from
Russian and added to my news blog. The translation of additional articles
and news stories from Russian into English will continue to be the single
largest expense in the coming year ahead."
It is the cost of translating articles and news stories from Russian into English, which puts the greatest strain on the limited finances which I have to work with.
Full-length articles by Russian historians and experts are being published in English for the first time in issues of my bi-annual periodicals Royal Russia and Sovereign. Each issue offers a growing number of these articles, offering readers fresh, new information from archival sources which have opened to researchers in recent years.
If you enjoy all the FREE articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making a donation.
If you would like to show your support for Royal Russia by making a personal donation, you may do this with a credit card in US dollars by clicking on the Donate button below. Your donation, no matter how small (even $5 would be appreciated) will help to offset growing annual operation and maintenance costs. Donations can also be made by cheque, money order, or cash in both US or Canadian dollars, by downloading the donation form below.
Please note that there certainly is no obligation, this is merely a request for you to help by sponsoring my work and keeping the memories of old Russia alive.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of Royal Russia. I look forward to bringing you many more years of articles, news stories, videos and photographs of the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.