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Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Olivier Coutau-Begarie to Auction Yusupov Treasures
Topic: Yusupov

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

Personal items from the collections of Prince Felix Yusupov (1887-1967), and his wife Princess Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970), granddaughter of Emperor Alexander III and only niece of Emperor Nicholas II, will be auctioned in Paris this Fall.

More than 120 items preserved for nearly 60 years in Mexico by Victor Manuel Contreras, one of Mexico's best-known sculptors. Of particular note is the regalia worn by Prince Felix Yusupov at the Eglington Ball, held in London on July 11, 1912 - seen in the photo above.

In 1958 Contreras met the Countess Ksenia Sheremetyeva in Paris, the granddaughter of the famous Russian aristocratic couple. She invited him to lunch, where the aspiring Mexican sculptor met Prince and Princess Yusupov for the first time.

The young artist was invited to live at the Yusupov's home in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, and he spent the next five years there. He described his relationship with the prince as that of an adopted son and his father. The family used to introduce him to friends as "the son who fell to us from heaven."

For more information on Victor Conteras, please refer to the following article:

From Mexico, With Love: Russian Art and Rasputin

The auction will take place in Paris, November 4, 2016

Click on the link below to read an 8-page press release (in French) which includes a selection of the items up for auction:

Olivier Coutau-Begarie Press Release

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 July, 2016


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:37 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 July 2016 8:18 AM EDT
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Monday, 25 July 2016
New Book on the Reign of Nicholas II Presented in Ekaterinburg
Topic: Nicholas II

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

A new two-volume study on Emperor Nicholas II by historian and writer Petr Multatuli was presented in Ekaterinburg last week. Multatuli is the great-grandson of the imperial cook Ivan Kharitonov, who was shot along with the Imperial family in the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg on 17 July, 1918.
The presentation which took place on 20th July was attended by Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, and Mrs. Olga Kulikovsky, the widow of Tikhon Kulikovsky, son of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna.
To this day Russia’s last monarch continues to be misunderstood, both as a man and as a statesman. Even for the modern reader, the figure of Emperor Nicholas II remains a mystery. Historian Petr Multatuli presents his fundamental biographical project in two volumes (in Russian only):

In Volume I the author examines the reign of the Emperor, including a detailed analysis of the monarch's accession to the throne, Nicholas II's personal qualities as a politician and as a family man, his attitude to domestic reforms, events of the 1905 Revolution and the Russian-Japanese War. 

In Volume II Multatuli explores the reign of Nicholas II before the collapse of the Russian Empire. Much attention is paid to the role of the Emperor in the reform of Russian society and his relations with Stolypin, and the complex assembly of the Balkan problems and Russia's participation in the First World War. Separately, the author examines the circumstances of the martyrdom of Nicholas II and his family. 

The author has based his research for this new study new documents from the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) and the personal diaries of Nicholas II. Russian historian and writer Petr Multatuli  presents by far the most complete biography of the Holy Tsar-Martyr. 

Petr Multatuli has a PhD in Historical Sciences, and his written a number of monographs and articles on the life and reign of the Emperor Nicholas II and his epoch. His work challenges the popular held negative image of Russia's last emperor, embraced by many Western historians and biographers in the West.

Since June 2010 Petr Multatuli has been working for the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also a member of the Union of Writers of the Russian Federation.
Click on the link below to watch a video (in Russian) of the book's presentation in Ekaterinburg on 20th July, 2016:

New Book on the Reign of Nicholas II Presented in Ekaterinburg

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 July, 2016


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:44 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 25 July 2016 10:28 AM EDT
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Study of the Remains of Nicholas II's Children Will Soon be Completed - ROC
Topic: Holy Royal Martyrs

Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, Bishop Tikhon Egoryevsky
This article was translated and written from Russian media sources by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, Bishop Tikhon Egoryevsky announced in Moscow this week that the results of the study of the remains of Emperor Nicholas II’s children Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria will soon be completed.  

"When the investigation is complete, we will explain (and I think that the arguments are very convincing), why more time is necessary to review both the results of previous studies and to further carry out historical and anthropological examination of the remains. When that is, I can not say"- he said in an interview with the TASS News Agency.

Bishop Tikhon noted that the results of the investigation will be presented to the Council of Bishops. "The conclusions of the Investigative Committee and the Churches' Commission, and (very important for us), notes and recommendations by experts and historians will be presented to the Council of Bishops, we will then await their decision," - he said.

On 29 July, 2007 during archaeological excavations for the remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, human remains were discovered near the original grave at Porosyonkov Log, near Ganina Yama. Fragments of bones and teeth of two persons were found with signs of exposure to high temperature. A preliminary investigation was reopened to clarify additional circumstances of the death and burial of the Imperial family.

In its course, expert studies have been conducted. According to their results, as well as other materials of the investigation, it was found that the remains found in the grave were the children Emperor Nicholas II - Alexei and Maria. On 23 September, 2015 the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation resumed the criminal investigation into the deaths of members of the Russian Imperial House, as well as those of their entourage.

In October 2015 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill appealed to the government to carry out comparative genetic studies of the remains of Nicholas II and his father Emperor Alexander III. The ROC Investigative Committee believe that positive results of such an examination will be the indisputable proof of the authenticity of the remains of Nicholas II and his family that the Church has been seeking all these years.

In 2000, the Moscow Patriarchate canonized Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, Tsesarevich Alexei, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia accepted a martyr's death. The Church, however, still questioned the authenticity of the remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, discovered in 2007.
For more articles and news about the Ekaterinburg remains and the Holy Royal Martyrs, please refer to the following link:

Ekaterinburg Remains and Holy Royal Martyrs

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 July, 2016


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Updated: Monday, 25 July 2016 7:48 AM EDT
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Sunday, 24 July 2016
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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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Updated: Saturday, 23 July 2016 8:16 AM EDT
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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


If you enjoy all the daily FREE full-length articles, news, photographs, and videos on the Royal Russia web site, blog and Facebook page, please help support us by purchasing one of our calendars.

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


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:50 AM EDT
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


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:33 AM EDT
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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