The examination of the remains of Emperor Nicholas's II's children Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria will soon be over, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said during a recent press conference in Sergiev Posad.
"We agreed with the Russian government on the necessity of new, full expert examinations because, in our view, the examinations carried out in the 1990s were done with abuses. The whole process of the expert examination must be irreproachable so that the Church can accept its results. Nobody should have any doubts or suspicions. Today these examinations are coming to an end, they are being carried out in several laboratories abroad by respected and trusted scientists," the head of the ROC explained.
According to the Patriarch during the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church held in February 2016, that a new three-level examination of the Ekaterinburg remains: the historical, anthropological and genetic, would be conducted, and that the investigation will continue as long as it is necessary.
"Patriarch Kirill's recent announcement in Sergiev Posad suggest that the Russian Orthodox Church is ready to resolve the issue with the Ekaterinburg remains in the near future” - says the head of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society of the Institute of Europe RAS, Roman Alekseevich Lunkin - “By making such statements, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church is preparing the ground for the promulgation of the ROC’s final decision on this issue, which will be based on scientific findings made under ROC control." According to him, "most likely, it will be done before the 100th anniversary of the death of Emperor Nicholas II and his family in 2018."
During an interview with RIA Novosti on 6th October, the Head of the State Archive of the Russian Federation Larissa Rogovaya, also noted that she anticipates that the burial of the remains of the August children will take place sometime in 2018.
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A new exhibition Crimea in the History of Russia, opened on 11th October 2016 in the exhibition hall of the Federal Archives in Moscow. The exposition covers the major chronological period, beginning from the baptism of Prince Vladimir in ancient Chersoneses to the present day, and highlights the special place of the Crimean peninsula in Russia's history.
The exhibition presents documentary evidence about the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Crimean Khanate in the 15th century when Khan Mengli Girey sent Grand Prince Ivan III Vasilievich his (oath) instrument of fraternal friendship and love. Visitors will be able to see rare historical documents: international treaties, state lists of Russian ambassadors, as well as documents on the war against Russian troops by the Crimean Khan during the Crimean campaign of 1689, an authentic marching magazine of B. H. Minich and plans for fighting in the Crimea during the Russian-Turkish war of 1735-1739.
The exhibition includes original documents of the 18th century on the proclamation of the independence of the Crimea from the Ottoman Empire, uniting Crimea to Russia in 1783, its economic development, the creation of new towns and the Black Sea Fleet base at Sevastopol. Of particular interest is the correspondence of Empress Catherine II, G. A. Potemkin, and the Crimean Khan Shahin Girey, rescripts by the Empress on the compliance of faith of Crimean residents, tax collection and their use for the development of the region, restoration of Tatar Murza and princes and maintaining their feudal rights, old maps of Crimea and Sevastopol.
Economic and industrial development of the Crimea in 19th - early 20th centuries illustrate documents and graphic materials on the establishment of the post and ferry services, construction of the first highway, the first draft of the Kerch bridge, distribution of wine and the use of medicinal properties of the natural peninsula. The exhibit also presents archival documents and museum items covering the key stages of the Crimean War (1853-1856) and defence of Sevastopol.
Events of the Civil War (1917-1923) are reflected in unique leaflets, legislation, letters and telegrams, including a telegram from the Provisional Workers and Peasants Government of the Crimea of 9th ï¿½€‹ï¿½€‹May 1919 to the People's Commissars of Lenin on the establishment of Soviet power and the creation of the Crimean Soviet Socialist Republic, and the first constitution of 1921, according to which the peninsula became an autonomous region of the RSFSR.
The fate of the Crimea during the Great Patriotic War and in the early postwar years is introduced in original photos, the decision of the State Defence Committee, the Military Councils of armies and of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR. Documents of party bodies, including declassified, illustrate the circumstances of deportation Tartars, Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Germans, Italians, nationals of other countries in 1944, as well as the process of their rehabilitation and return. The exhibition includes historical documents about the political and administrative ownership of the Crimea in the post-war period: the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated 30th June 1945 to transform the republic into the Crimean region of the RSFSR, as well as the most important decrees on the allocation of Sevastopol as a separate administrative and economic center (1948), the transfer of the Crimean region of the RSFSR to the Ukrainian SSR (1954).
The end of 20th - beginning of 31st centuries is reflected with archival documents, leaflets, photographs, evidence of the complex twists and turns in the life of the Crimean people, the self-determination of the Crimean people, culminating in the entry of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.
The exhibition Crimea in the History of Russia runs from 11 October to 13 December 2016, in the exhibition hall of the Federal Archives in Moscow.
Russian Church Ponders Future of Gibbes Chapel-Museum in Oxford Topic: Gibbes, Charles Sidney
The chapel in St. Nicholas House in Oxford, with many of Gibbes treasures
This article has been translated by Jesse Dominick @ Pravoslavie.ru
The Sourozh Diocese (combining parishes of the Russian Church in Great Britain and Ireland) is seeking to resolve the issue with a closed chapel-museum dedicated to the family of Nicholas II in Oxford.
It was built by Archimandrite Nicholas (Gibbes), the teacher of the children of the last Russian emperor.
“Presently our parish of St. Nicholas in Oxford is labouring to find a permanent place of habitation for the sacred items left behind by Archimandrite Nicholas (Gibbes), and we hope this work will be crowned with success,” stated Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh in an interview Friday with Interfax-Religion.
According to him, after the death in the early 1990s of the adopted son of Archimandrite Nicholas, George Gibbes, the chapel was closed. Then for some time it was set up in the Luton Hoo estate in Hertfordshire County, but financial difficulties led to the space’s closing.
Archimandrite Nicholas (in the world Charles Sydney Gibbes) was the English teacher for the children of Nicholas II, particularly of the Tsarevich Alexei. With ten years of service in the Russian imperial court he became a confidant of the royal family, even following them into exile in Siberia.
In 1934 he accepted Orthodoxy with the name Alexei (in honour of the Tsarevich Alexei), and in the next year monasticism with the name Nicholas (in honour of Nicholas II). He founded a parish in London and then in Oxford. He remained faithful his whole life to the memory of the royal family and managed to save many of their relics.
In 1945 Fr. Nicholas bought three cottages in Oxford, keeping the items in one of them, including an icon which Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna entrusted to him in Tobolsk, including a dedicatory inscription, a pair of the emperor’s high boots, his handkerchief, and a bell and pencil case belonging to the Tsarevich Alexei. In 1946 he founded a museum in memory of the royal family in one of the three cottages.
The large part of the items preserved there were taken from them at Ipatiev House, where Nicholas II’s family was shot, and transferred to Beijing. The priest took them with him everywhere from that time.
As reported, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will visit London October 15-18 for the 300 year anniversary of the presence of Russian Orthodoxy in the British Isles.
For more information on Gibbes and the children of Nicholas II, please refer to the following full-length articles (illustrated):
Head of Russian Imperial House Attends Albanian Royal Wedding Topic: Maria Vladimirovna GD
Photo: Grand Duke George Mikhailovich, Elia Zaharia, Prince Leka II of Albania, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
Their Imperial Highnesses Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia were among a large gathering of more than 50 royals - from both reigning and non-reigning houses - who attended the Albanian royal wedding last week.
Photo: The Head of the Russian Imperial House Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna (lower left), and her son
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (second row, left), were among a large gathering of more than 50 royals
in Tirana for the wedding of Prince Leka II of Albania, and his fiancée Elia Zaharia.
Prince Leka, the sole descendant of Albania's last king, married popular actress Elia Zaharia in the Albanian capital of Tirana on Saturday.
It was the first wedding in Tirana of a member of the deposed royal family since 1938. Leka's grandfather Zog I, fled when Italian Fascist troops invaded Albania in 1939, a year after his wedding with Hungary's princess Geraldine Apponyi.
The royal family was forbidden to return until the fall of communism in 1990.
Photo: Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (second from left), and Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna (center)
On 8th October, the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, following a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, a meeting was held in the Patriarchal chambers of the monastery between Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and Dmitri Romanovich Romanov.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, the governor of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow Stavropegic Egoryevsky Bishop Tikhon and the wife of Dimitri Romanovich Theodora (née Dorrit Revetlow).
His Holiness extended a cordial welcome to one of the eldest descendants of the Romanov family (Dmitri Romanovich was born in 1926 in France), and said that he was glad to meet with his guest at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra on the feast day of St. Sergius, a special day for the Russian Orthodox Church and for believers, who come to venerate the relics of Saint Sergius of Radonezh. The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km north-east of Moscow.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill presents Dmitri Romanovich Romanov with an icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh
Dimitri Romanovich, a descendant of Emperor Nicholas I had previously sent a letter to Patriarch Kirill, in which he expressed concerns over the Russian Orthodox Church and its position on the identification of the Ekaterinburg remains.
"You are interested in our position on the remains, which were discovered near Ekaterinburg. We have agreed with the authorities that we have to re-examine all the evidence and redo all the forensic testing, because, from our point of view, what happened in the 1990s, took place with violations. And for the Church to accept the results of such an investigation, the conclusions has to be perfect, leaving not the slightest doubt or suspicion of their authenticity" - said the Primate of the Russian Church.
"I thank you for your attention to this issue” - said His Holiness - “Thank you for your love of our common homeland, to preserve the great traditions of the House of Romanov, and for your participation in the return of the remains of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.)."
The transfer from Denmark to Russia and the reburial of the remains of Empress Maria Feodorovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander III, was held in September 2006. The liturgy before the burial of the remains of the Empress in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg was performed by the late Patriarch Alexei II (1929-2008). The ceremony of reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.), the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, and supreme commander of all land and naval forces of the Russian Empire at the beginning of World War I took place in April 2015 at Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow with the participation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.
During the conversation, Patriarch Kirill also discussed with Dmitri Romanovich the progress of the forensic tests currently being conducted on the remains Emperor Nicholas II’s children, Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, which he noted "are to be completed soon".
"Your work reflects the uniqueness of your personality and the uniqueness of all the House of Romanov. Living people connected to their family tradition, which is part of our national history, torn by the tragic events of the early twentieth century" - His Holiness said in conclusion.
Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev presents Dimitri Romanovich with the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky in Moscow
On 6th October, Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev presents Dimitri Romanovich with the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky at a solemn ceremony, in accordance with a decree issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dimitri is a member of the Romanov Family Association, and the great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I (1796–1855). He expressed his gratitude for the recognition of his 25 years of humanitarian work in helping Russian citizens. "This award symbolizes the grandeur and coherence of Russian history" Dimitri Romanovich said at a press conference afterward.
Since his retirement as an executive of Danske Bank in 1993, Prince Dimitri has been involved in a number of charitable endeavours. Back in June of 1992, he was one of seven male Romanov descendants who met in Paris to create the Romanov Fund for Russia, with a goal of doing charitable acts in post-communist Russia. Dimitri Romanovich has served as Chairman of the Romanov Fund for Russia since its creation and is also Chairman of the Prince Dimitri Romanov Charity Fund which he also founded.
The exhibition The Grimaldis and the Romanovs. Three Centuries of History opened on 7th October 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
The exhibition is one of the main events marking Monaco Days in Russia. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Federal Archives Agency of Russia, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Grimaldi Forum, and the New National Museum of Monaco. It tells about the history of relations between Russia and Monaco and of the Russian Imperial House and the House of Grimaldi. In 1917, relations between Monaco and Russia were suspended and restored only in 2006.
Relations between the two dynasties are presented in the official decrees and manifestos, letters and photographs, diaries and commemorative albums, paintings and personal objects. The exhibition, which is arranged in chronological order, will make it possible to go from the Middle Ages to the present day, by comparing parallels between two of the oldest dynasties in Europe. Belonging to the higher strata of the Genoese medieval society, representatives of the House of Grimaldi were actively involved in large-scale colonization of the Black Sea during the Genoese during the 13th-15th centuries. Thus, the Grimaldi’s were directly involved in the exploration and development of future Russian territories.
The exhibition presents 167 archival and museum objects from 11 collections, including the Tretyakov Gallery, Federal Archives Agency of Russia, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Public Records Office of the Russian Federation, and the Property Management of his Grace the Prince of Monaco.
One of the key exhibits is the Blue Serpent Clock Egg, presented to Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna by her son Emperor Nicholas II on Easter day, 1895. The Fabergé Imperial Egg was purchased by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in in 1974, in honour of his Silver Jubilee — the 25th anniversary of his accession to the Grimaldi throne.
Through this exhibition, the exhibits from Monaco are for the first time presented in Moscow, some of them have never left the Principality of Monaco. Together with the unique items stored in the Russian collections, they allow visitors to explore the long history of relations between Russia and Monaco, and verify the existence of a mutual interest in culture and science between the two countries.
"A visit to the exhibition is a most captivating journey. Here you can see that the history repeatedly brought these two faraway countries together, so today's very good relations between Russia and Monaco were preceded with powerful boosting in historical perspective", - the director of the Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Tregulova pointed out.
The exhibition The Grimaldis and the Romanovs. Three Centuries of History runs from 7th October to 13th November 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
I am pleased to announce that the Summer issue of Royal Russia No. 10 is now in stock, and available for purchase from the Royal Russia Bookshop.
The following is a list of the articles and their respective authors in the No. 10 Summer 2016 issue (please refer to the link below for a full summary of articles):
Return to Ekaterinburg
- Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert presents a summary of his recent journey to the Urals, which included visits to the Church on the Blood, the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent, Ganina Yama, Porosyonkov Log,Alapaevsk and more, plus many of the author's photographs.
by Paul Gilbert
Elizabeth and Sergei. A Story of Love. A History of Lies.
by Valery Mikhailova
Translated by Irene W. Galaktionova
Always Russian and a Romanov. Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna, Queen of the Netherlands
by Coryne Hall
The Truth and Myths of Peter III
by Irene W. Galaktionova
A Throne which 'not for an instant might become vacant': Law and Succession among the Romanov Descendants
by Russell. E. Martin
Imperial Residences. His Majesty's Own Dacha
by Paul Gilbert
My Memories of Imperial Russia
by Crown Princess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
The Fate of the Ekaterinburg Remains
by Paul Gilbert
Royal Russia News
Compiled, Translated and Edited by Paul Gilbert
- this multi-page news supplement offers Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of Imperial Russian history with the top news stories and photographs from Russian media sources on the Romanovs, their legacy and Imperial Russian history, translated from Russian and presented in English for the first time.
This issue also includes our popular collections of vintage photos:
Frozen in Time
- featuring photographic memories of the Russian Imperial family
The Lost World of Imperial Russia
- featuring vintage photographs of Imperial Russia before the Revolution
Our official magazine was intended to be published only once a year as an annual, but due to its popularity, Royal Russia Annual is now published twice a year, while still retaining its original name. An annual Winter edition and an annual Summer edition are now be issued.
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