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Friday, 26 May 2017
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna's Letters Reveal Personal Hatred Towards the British
Topic: Olga Alexandrovna GD

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna with her sister Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna

This article has been revised and edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

Fascinating letters from Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna have been unearthed to reveal her 'hate' towards the British for not doing enough to save her family. The collection of more than 50 letters have belonged to the grandson of Olga who has now decided to put them on the market and they are tipped to sell for £100,000. 
Each letter is accompanied by notes prepared by the Kulikovsky family noting important events written about in the letters. The letters from Olga to her sister Grand Duchess Xenia who remains in Petrograd during World War 1 include reference to Rasputin. Events move fast and the February Revolution of 1917 brings an end to the letters for a period because the Dowager Empress, along with her two daughters and other members of the Romanov family move to one of their estates in the Crimea. The situation deteriorates in Russia after the Bolshevik uprising and the Armistice of 1918. This dangerous situation results in the assassination of the core Romanov family although Olga is the exception having married a commoner, Nicholas Kulikovsky; she has freer movement and accompanies her husband to Novominskaya where Kulikovsky fights the Bolsheviks during their Civil War.

Olga's letters to her sister Xenia resume in January 1919 describing her simple country life. Grand Duchess Olga is sad that the Allies do not help Russia 'How I wish that you and Mama would follow Sandro's advice (Grand Duke Alexander, husband of Xenia) and go to England...if only she could grasp the fact that this life of waiting, uncertainty and horrors will go on.... I really hate the Allies...when will they really help- or won't they. No tanks yet here- nothing that can help us.' In February 1919, the situation is no better-Grand Duke Alexander was not allowed to enter Britain. 

'I try to squash the idea: if really those devils could, in cold blood, kill all those innocent people (the Grand Dukes shot in Petrograd and Grand Duchess Elizabeth in Perm) perhaps they have done the same with the beloved family (Tsar Nicholas, the Tsarina and three children) Oh no! no! it can't be,' she writes.

Olga and her family are forced to Rostov. By 1920, they are in the Kuban, the last piece of White Russian territory with the Cossacks. Olga has great admiration for the spirit, self-reliance and skills of the Cossacks. Her last letter from Russia in February 1920 is from the port of Novorossisk which is signed off 'Your loving old refugee sister'. The final letters in the archive both dated March 1920 describe their arrival in Prinkipo in Turkey. The last letter, written from Belgrade, shows how Olga longs to be somewhere quiet and looks forward to being reunited with her mother in Denmark. The correspondence of 52 letters is offered with signatures of Prince Peter of Oldenburg and Grand Duchess Olga.

Translation and interpretation by the key authors and internationally renowned specialists Coryne Hall and Karen Roth- Nicholls. With the advent of the Centenary of the Revolution in Russia, the shooting of Tsar Nicholas and the end of the first World War, these letters are important and tell the vital story of the Romanov family in this turbulent time.  

The auction will be held on 28th May by William George & Co., Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

In order to avoid censors, Olga's letters to her sister Xenia were written in English. Photos: William George & Co.

Click on the links below for more information about these letters:

Secrets of the Russian royal who escaped execution but spent her life hating the 'devils' who slaughtered her family - published in The Mirror

Revealed: Secret letters from Russian duchess who spent her life hating the British for not saving them from 'cold blooded devils' - published in The Daily Mail

© William George & Co. and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 May, 2017


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:51 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 26 May 2017 4:00 PM EDT
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Space Technologies Offer Glimpse at Tsar Ivan the Terrible's Rare Portrait
Topic: Ivan IV, Tsar

Russia’s first exact-dated printed book, The Apostle. © Sergei Velichkin/TASS
This article was originally published by the TASS News Agency on 26 May 2017

Multispectral imaging, a technology used in space research, allowed scientists to take a glimpse at the only portrait of Russia’s 16th century ruler Ivan the Terrible made during his lifetime and worn away to the point when it could not be seen with a naked eye.

The portrait was engraved in copper and subsequently imprinted on the leather cover of Russia’s first exact-dated printed book, The Apostle. The book was published in 1564 by the decree of Ivan the Terrible.

"The Apostle has long been kept in the History Museum’s collection. Moreover, scientists of the 19th century spotted some kind of image on its cover, but it was blurred, with only contours visible. Thanks to technologies used by an expert with the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the image, which was fully destroyed by now, could be seen again," a deputy head of the State History Museum, Marina Chistyakova, told TASS.
The author of the portrait is yet to be established.

Ivan the Terrible (1548-1574), the first Russian ruler to style himself a "tsar" (a rendering of the name Caesar), remains a controversial figure among the Russians. Although his reign was marked by periods of terror, he played a key role in forming the Russian state, by laying down the borders of the modern, centralized country and creating Russia’s first standing army.

© TASS News Agency. 26 May, 2017


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Updated: Friday, 26 May 2017 2:21 PM EDT
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Thursday, 25 May 2017
Price Reduced on Remaining Copies of 'ALEXANDER III' by Margarita Nelipa
Topic: Books

SAVE $10.00 off the regular retail price of Alexander III: His Life and Reign
Margarita Nelipa’s study on Emperor Alexander III is the first comprehensive biography to be published in English in more than a century on this monarch. Her extensive research explores the life and reign of this little known and unjustly neglected sovereign who ruled Russia for only 13 years, from 1881-1894.
Upon it's publication in the spring of 2014, Alexander III: His Life and Reign proved to be one of our most popular titles! The first edition sold out in 3 months, proof of her growing popularity as one of today's leading Romanov historians. A second edition was published in March 2015.
The following review of Alexander III: His Life and Reign was published on on June 7, 2014: 
"This is a substantial book about a substantial leader (in both senses!). Alexander III represented an interim figure of solidity if not repression, reigning between the reforming Alexander II and the ill-fated Nicholas II. His father and his son were murdered, whereas Alexander III died of natural causes.

"The book is a comprehensive analysis of Alexander, both in his personal and political life. Fifteen chapters, a conclusion, glossary and eight appendices amount to almost 600 pages and a significant scholarly achievement. It will be of value both to those interested in Russian history and to academic historians. The only disappointment is that it would have been enhanced by the provision of an index.

"The writing is clear and presents the information (collected from extensive Russian sources of the day) in an unbiased way, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions rather than having unwarranted opinions foisted on them. For example, the book lays out Alexander’s repressive acts against the Jews and against his political opponents as well as his reforms of domestic policy, such as raising the level of education. That said, Nelipa is not without the ability to draw compassion from the reader; I suspect there will not be many a dry eye after the chapter that describes the death of his elder brother, Niksa.

"The book represents a fine example of a political biography, balancing descriptions of his public acts with his private life, and indicating the connection between the two. So the death of his father at the hands of revolutionaries, and before that his father’s unconventional private life, is explained to have contributed to Alexander’s conservative if not repressive attitude to ruling both the country and his own family.

"So by the time you get to the end of the book, with a touchingly written description of the death of the Emperor, you will feel that you have grown to know, and maybe respect, if not necessarily like, Alexander III of Russia."

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© Gilberts Books / Royal Russia. 25 May, 2017


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Updated: Friday, 26 May 2017 3:23 PM EDT
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Saturday, 20 May 2017
This Week in the News - The Romanovs and Imperial Russia
Topic: News

18 May (O.S. 6 May) marked the 149th birthday of Emperor Nicholas II

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 96,000 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 20 May 2017:

Poetry in Stone: The Cathedral of St. Dmitry in Vladimir

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield, writes about the the cathedral’s history, and its carvings, which have survived centuries of war and weather. 

The train station that saw two Tsar Nicholases and three Anna Kareninas

Maybe you’re the expert traveler to Russia and 'tired' of all those St. Petersburg palaces and embankments. Well, if you’ve already seen the classic St. Petersburg sights then take a stroll around Vitebsky railway station. This Art Nouveau architectural gem was built in the early 20th century and is a window into the bygone splendor of Imperial Russia. Elena Bobrova reports in RBTH.

Disclaimer: the links published on this page are for information purposes only, and may not reflect the opinions of Paul Gilbert and/or Royal Russia.


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Updated: Saturday, 20 May 2017 1:25 PM EDT
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Friday, 19 May 2017
Exhibition: The Imperial family. The Way of Love Opens in Mogilev
Topic: Exhibitions

The exhibition The Imperial family. The Way of Love runs until July 2017 in Mogilev

This article has been revised and edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

Copies of documents and photographs from the State Archive of the Russian Federation and other archives and museums are on display at the exhibition The Imperial family. The Way of Love which opened on 19th May in Mogilev (Belarus). A large part of the exposition is dedicated to the stay of the Imperial family in Mogilev, where during the First World War from August 1915 to February 1917, served as the headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Army.

Photographs and reproductions of paintings of the family of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II are on display, accompanied by diary entries, eyewitness accounts, and archival documents. The exhibition consists of materials from collections of archives, museums and private collections in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tsarskoye Selo, Livadia, Zlatoust, Mogilev, and the private collection of the contemporary Russian artist Pavel Ryzhenko. By agreement with the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the organizers of the exhibition were given copies of a number of unique documents for the exhibition.

The idea of creating the exhibition came in 2013, when an exhibition of photographs of the Imperial family were brought to Mogilev from Tsarskoye Selo. Representatives from the Feodorovsky Sovereign’s Cathedral of Tsarskoye Selo, local history museums in Chrysostom and Mogilev, together with local artists and benefactors, using multiple sources, made a selection of photographs, paintings, and documents highlighting the everyday life of the Imperial family. The exhibition was shown in Mogilev, Minsk, Borisov diocese, Orsha, the Belarusian State University.

The current exhibition, organized by the Mogilev and Mstislav Diocese of the Belarusian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), has travelled across Russia since the summer of 2015. It has been exhibited at various venues in the Russian capital, then Kolomna, Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod, Diveevo, Smolensk, Pskov, Polotsk, Vitebsk, and Shklov.

The exhibition in Mogilev will run until July 2017.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 May, 2017


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Updated: Saturday, 20 May 2017 7:40 AM EDT
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Thursday, 18 May 2017
Personal Diaries and Letters of Nicholas II Presented at the Presidential Library
Topic: Nicholas II

Diary entry of 19 February 1896 on the death of Peter A. Cherevin, who served as Assistant Minister of the Interior
and chief of police. "Unspeakably sorry for him; hard to lose such a loyal and honest friend," wrote Nicholas
On the birthday of Emperor Nicholas II (1868-1918), which is celebrated on May 18, the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St Petersburg, presents rare materials, telling both about the best days of the young sovereign, about tragic events that fell to his lot. They are featured in diaries and letters of Nicholas II, as well as memoirs of contemporaries - in Russian only. 

Nicholas II began to write daily records as a child. The archive of his diaries consists of 50 voluminous notebooks covering the period from 1882 to 1918.

The Berlin publishing house "Slovo" was one of the first in 1923 to publish the "Diary of Emperor Nicholas II", which is presented on the Presidential Library portal. No less valuable than the notes made by Nicholas II's hand, editorial notes and explanatory notes are presented, in which the role of the emperor in the events of 1890-1906 is analyzed and evaluated.

In the preface to the diary it is said that the reign of Emperor Nicholas II is one of the darkest pages of Russian history. Started on the day of the coronation of the emperor by the tragedy of Khodynka, it ends with an "unheard of cataclysm, which Russia dropped two hundred years ago. The catastrophe crept up after the calm, externally brilliant reign of Alexander III, when Russia seemed at the apogee of its strength, and this circumstance prompts the transfer of the burden of responsibility to the personality of the successor. The personality of the last tsar was in tragic accordance with the pernicious disintegration, which at that time undermined the huge body of the Russian monarchy". 

At first the future of the successor to the throne seemed successful. "1890. January 5. Friday", - wrote Tsarevich Nicholas in his diary. "As always, after the ball I felt myself fine, but my legs are weak". "We skated with Sandro and Sergei. We drank tea with them. At 9:30 we went to Sergei for an ordinary fortune telling, which ended in dancing. We had supper at one pm".

Immediately after birth, the heir of the royal family was enrolled in the lists of several guards regiments and was appointed chief of the 65th Infantry Regiment of Moscow. At the age of five he is the chief of the Life Guards of the Reserve Infantry Regiment. In 1884, Nicholas II enlisted in active military service, in July 1887 he began regular military service in the Preobrazhensky regiment and in 1891 received the rank of captain, and a year later - colonel.

Pages from Nicholas II's 1912 diary

The military principle in the education of the Tsarevich clearly prevailed. Alexander III seemed to deliberately neglect the classical education of his successor. In notes to the same edition of “The Diary of Emperor Nicholas II”, Witte says that when he proposed an heir to the chairmen of the committee for the construction of the great Siberian route in 1892, Alexander III expressed extreme amazement and asked if Witte knew that the heir was quite a boy, that he has children's opinions?...Many statesmen close to the throne ironically mocked the education received by the heir. And two years later this "boy", due to the premature death of Alexander III, had to take control of the greatest state.

The "Correspondence of Wilhelm II with Nicholas II" (the period from 1894 to 1914) presented on the Presidential Library portal clearly shows the brewing Anglo-German conflict with the far-reaching plans of Wilhelm to push Russia and England in the Far East. And he succeeds in this, Nikolas is not averse to showing himself as a commander. In the "Diary" for 1903 he notes that "only now he takes power". 

Further in the notes to the Tsar's diary A. Kuropatkin, the former Minister of War, explains the psychology of the emperor: "I told Witte that our Emperor had grandiose plans in his head: to take Manchuria for Russia, to join Korea with Russia. He dreams to take Tibet. He wants to take Persia, to seize not only the Bosporus, but also the Dardanelles…".

While the Emperor dreamed of "washing his boots" in the Mediterranean Sea, relations with Japan became tense. In January, the Japanese ambassador in St. Petersburg, Kurino, implored the approximate tsar to speed up the answers to the notes of Japan, which for weeks remained without movement. He sought a personal reception from Nicholas. But the Emperor was invariably "busy". At the New Year reception of diplomats, he recalled the power of Russia and did not advise "to tempt its patience and peace". Then, as Nikolas wrote in his diary, "three weeks of visits to the theater and hunting, followed by balls, shows, walks and quiet family joys followed".

The Russian-Japanese war, the economic crisis and discontent that swept the majority of the working population led to an explosion - on January 9, 1905, the troops and police of St. Petersburg used weapons to disperse the peaceful march of workers who were going to petition the tsar.

In 1914 Russia entered the First World War. Failures on the fronts, economic dislocation, the growth of anti-war sentiments and general discontent with the autocracy led to mass protests against the government and the dynasty. On the question of the expediency of the abdication of Nicholas II, all the commanders of the fronts answered positively, with the exception of Admiral A. Kolchak, Commander of the Black Sea Fleet. And then on March 2 (15), 1917, Nicholas II decided to abdicate, this is stated in the work presented on the Presidential Library portal "Renunciation of Nicholas II: eyewitness recollections, documents".

The details about the fate of Nicholas II can be found in the electronic collection of the Presidential Library, which is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov House celebrated in 2013. The collection includes about a thousand digitized documents, most of which were previously unknown to the general audience. 

© Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. 18 May, 2017


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Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:22 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Moscow Kremlin Abandons Plans to Reconstruct Historic Monasteries
Topic: Kremlin

The procession of the newly crowned Emperor Nicholas II passes the Chudov Monastery on 26 May (O.S. 14 May) 1896

This article has been revised and edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

Director of the Moscow Kremlin Museums Elena Gagarina has announced, the Chudov and Voznesensky Monasteries, which once stood on the territory of the Kremlin, will not be rebuilt, according to Interfax-Religion.

“This topic is closed,” Gagarina stated. “There will be no re-building on the territory of the Kremlin,” she said when asked about the possibility of rebuilding one of the cathedrals of the Chudov Monastery. The Chudov (“of the miracles”) and Voznesensky (“Ascension”) Monasteries once stood on the site of Building 14 of the Moscow Kremlin, until they were destroyed in 1929-1930.

In July 2014, President Putin supported the idea of restoring the two monasteries and a church that had been destroyed, saying, “Here is the idea ... to restore the historic appearance of the place with two monasteries and a church, but giving them, considering today's realities, an exclusively cultural character.”

Dismantling of the Building 14 administrative center, built in Soviet times, began in the fall of 2015, which has unearthed archaeological treasures. Archeologists managed to find the St. Catherine Church of the Voznesensky Monastery (1817), the monastery canteen joined to the Annunciation Church and the St. Alexey Church of the Chudov Monastery (late 17th century).

President Putin’s press secretary Dimitry Peskov had also stated in October 2016 that rebuilding the monasteries was not on the agenda.

For more information on plans to reconstruct the Chudov and Voznesensky Monasteries, please refer to the following 8 articles, published in 2014 and 2015:

Demolition Has Begun on Soviet-Era Building Built on Site of Kremlin Monasteries


Vintage postcard of the Dormition (Assumption or Uspensky) Cathedral, Moscow Kremlin

The museum director also announced, that the Dormition (Assumption or Uspensky) Cathedral is to be completely renovated. For centuries, this cathedral was Russia’s most elevated monument — at the center of its history, its politics, its culture and its Orthodox faith. Even after the founding of St. Petersburg, the coronation ceremony of each ruler of Russia occurred in this cathedral, including the coronation of the last emperor, Nicholas II on May 26, 1896. As of 1991, it is once again the Patriarchal Cathedral of Russia.

The full-scale renovation of the Dormition Cathedral, is expected to take at least five years. “We will now begin restoration, which will continue for five years minimum. We are going to completely restore the cathedral,” Gagarina said at a press conference on Wednesday, Interfax-Religion reports.

Renovations will include the engineering elements of the cathedral’s roof, floor, and walls. According to Gagarina, the cathedral’s last major renovation took place in the 1970s.

© Interfax / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 May, 2017


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Updated: Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:28 AM EDT
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Monday, 15 May 2017
Royal Russia Planning Nicholas II Conference for 2018
Topic: Nicholas II

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Russia's last emperor and tsar Nicholas II. Royal Russia is planning to mark, what is considered one of the most significant events in 20th Russian history, by hosting a one-day conference in London, England. This event will bring together historians, authors and other experts, who will present lectures on the life and reign of Russia's last emperor and family.
Whether you live in the UK, Europe or overseas - all are welcome. The event is scheduled to take place in London, England on Saturday 27th October, 2018. Please note that the venue will be announced in the Fall of 2017.
While the event is still more than a year away, I am pleased to confirm the following two lectures:

Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia. Speaker: Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia

Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert discusses a series of significant events which have taken place since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. These events have helped Russia re-evaluate it's assessment of the life and reign of the country’s last emperor Nicholas II. This lecture is based on research for Gilbert's forthcoming book, to be published next year. 
Journey to Ekaterinburg. Speaker: Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia
Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert will recount his journeys to Ekaterinburg in 2013, 2016, as well as the centenary events to be held in July 1918. This presentation will feature Gilbert's personal photographs taken in the Ural city, including Ganina Yama, Porosyonkov Log and Alapaevsk. 
Why England?

Royal Russia has enjoyed a large and faithful following in the United Kingdom for more than 25 years. These are people, who share a common interest in the life and reign of Nicholas II and his family. 

As it is my eventual plan to return to England, and take up permanent residence in the next few years, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to meet fellow Romanovphiles, monarchists, and Orthodox Christians, to discuss and exchange ideas and information on the life and reign of Nicholas II. Perhaps this event will be the precursor of future Royal Russia events in the UK?
What Events are Planned?

The conference will provide historians, authors and other experts to share and discuss their research, on the life and reign of Russia's last emperor and tsar. This will be acheived through a series of 6-8 lectures and discussions, complimented by slide presentations, etc. 
Please note that a nominal fee will be charged for attendance to help cover costs - this will be announced at a later date.

Invitation to Historians, Authors and Experts

I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to historians, authors and other experts to submit their interest in participating in this event. Presentations based on previously unpublished materials will be given priority. A small honourarium will be paid to each speaker. It is important to note that interested speakers are under no obligation to commit to this event at this time, but simply express their interest in participating. 
Interested? Please submit a brief summary of your presentation to me at Note: please type 'Nicholas II Conference' in the 'Subject' box of your email, so that it is delivered to the appropriate folder in my mailbox.
Appeal for Assistance from Prospective Attendees

I would like to emphasize that this event is still in the planning stages, therefore am appealing to friends and interested attendees living in England for their assistance with ideas, suggestions, and volunteers to help bring the event together would be greatly appreciated.
I would be very interested in hearing from any one who can suggest a venue or church hall that could host such an event. I have a limited budget to work with, so the venue should be economically priced, and be able to provide seating for 50-100 people, the necessary equipment for powerpoint presentations, and the means to supply light refreshments. 
I invite prospective attendees and volunteers to submit their ideas and suggestions on how Royal Russia could make this an informative and enjoyable event for all. 
Interested? Please submit your suggestions and comments in writing to me at Note: please type 'Nicholas II Conference' in the 'Subject' box of your email, so that it is delivered to the appropriate folder in my mailbox.

I am very excited about the prospect of hosting such an event in England, and look forward to meeting old and new friends to share our mutual interest in Russia's last Emperor and Tsar, as well as one the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered Saints.
Note: This event is in the very early stages of planning and development. I will be traveling to England later this year to start making arrangements for this event. Further updates will be posted here as additional details become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding - PG

 © Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 May, 2017


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Updated: Sunday, 21 May 2017 6:00 AM EDT
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Saturday, 13 May 2017
This Week in the News - The Romanovs and Imperial Russia
Topic: News

Efforts to canonize Grigorii Rasputin causing concerns within the Russian Orthodox Church

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 95,000 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 14 May 2017


A growing movement, who are calling for the canonization of the controversial and enigmatic figure of Grigory Efimovich Rasputin is causing some concerns within the Russian Orthodox Church.

The canonization of such a character as Rasputin would throw a shadow upon the Imperial Family and would undermine the credibility of their own glorification.

The editorship of 'Orthodox Life' offers this thorough and sober investigation by Dmitry P. Anashkin, a respected scholar and historian of the Russian Church. 

How the White Russian refugee crisis unfolded in China a century ago, and the lucky ones who made it to Hong Kong

Spring 1917 saw the start of the tsarist elite’s flight from the Bolsheviks, a journey which for some ended in Hong Kong as late as the 1980s; descendants recall parents’ suffering and the flowering of city’s White Russian community. Stuart Heaver reports in the South China Morning Post. 

Grandparents' Russian memoirs shed light on a tumultuous time + 13 PHOTOS

Vladimir Marinich translated and added biographical information to his grandparents' memoirs, 'The Truth of the Russian Revolution'.

His maternal grandfather, served as head of the Security Bureau in Petrograd, and later fled from the Bolsheviks with his wife after a pair of revolutions eight months apart brought about the overthrow of the imperial government. Janene Holzberg reports in 'The Baltimore Sun'. 

Snapshots from the lost world of Rasputin’s dashing assassin + 8 PHOTOS

Previously unseen photographs have been unearthed thanks to our feature on Oxford alumnus Felix Yusupov and his part in the murder of the ‘mad monk’. Chris Danziger reports in 'Oxford Today'. 

Visitors have a month to access the secrets of Russian capital's old manors

During May, Muscovites and visitors have a unique chance to see the splendid old manors from the inside. Many of the properties have never before been open to the general public. Alexandra Kravchenko reports in RBTH. 

Rostov’s most colorful church: From Prokudin-Gorsky to the present

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield, writes about the Church of the Hodegetria Icon in Rostov. 

French St. Petersburg: Where the Neva looks like the Seine + 10 PHOTOS

Impressionist art and Voltaire's library in a city full of French culture. Danil Litvintsev reports in RBTH. 

QUIZ: How well do you know the Hermitage?

The Hermitage is one of the world's most popular museums and receives more than 3.5 million visitors a year. Take this quiz to see how much you know about St. Petersburg's main cultural landmark. 

QUIZ: How much do you know about Russia’s first emperor?

Is it true that Peter the Great personally cut off the beards of the boyars or that he forced soldiers to smoke? During his 43-year reign, Peter I signed many edicts regarding physical appearance, everyday activities and even the entertainment of his subjects. In his attempt to restructure and change society, he went into incredible detail on these issues, to an extent that is hard to believe these days. Test your knowledge to see if you can tell the difference between Peter I's real decrees and the fictitious ones.


‘God Save the Tsar’

Take a moment to watch and listen to this beautiful performance of 'God Save the the Tsar', performed by the Mikhailovsky Theatre Orchestra and Choir conducted by maestro Aleksey Karabanov, on 6 March, 2013, in the State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg.

Note the number of people in the audience who stand in respect for the Russian Imperial anthem - WONDERFUL!

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Friday, 12 May 2017
First Hierarchical Liturgy Served in Winter Palace Church Since the Revolution
Topic: Russian Church

Photo © St. Petersburg Theological Academy

This article was originally published by on 12 May 2017

A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, May 11 in the chapel at the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum for the first time in 100 years, reports the site of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy.

The first episcopal Liturgy since the bloody 1917 Russian revolution in the Hermitage, which once served as the main residence of the Russian emperors in St. Petersburg, was celebrated by Archbishop Ambrose of Peterhof, the rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. The Liturgy was concelebrated by a number of local clergy and sung by two choirs from the academy, with academy students and museum employees present.

Archbishop Ambrose stated, “We have glorified the Risen Lord in these Paschal days, in the church dedicated to His Image Not-Made-By-Hands. The connection between time and the history of our great Fatherland is felt here. Although this is a renewed church, the spirit of the past is present in it anyways, because it’s impossible to remove from eternal memory the prayers and supplications of all the people who have entered under the arches here, to receive a blessing for the very difficult but great task of managing the Russian state.”

During the Liturgy, the clergy and parishioners prayed for the repose of the great rulers, emperors, and empresses of Russia, as well as the deceased heads and employees of the museum, and also the for the health of the current staff.

Reflecting upon the historical significance of the day, the archbishop exclaimed, “The Body of the Church is living and acts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is precisely the Holy Spirit that directs us on the path of life and instructs us how to act, so as not to interfere with the benevolent providence of God, Who cares not only for each of us, but for our people, for our Church, and for our Fatherland and our churches.”
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