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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Monument to Prince Pyotr Bagration to be Erected in St. Petersburg
Topic: Bagrations


A monument to the hero of the Patriotic War of 1812, Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration will be erected in St. Petersburg by September, 7th, the day which will mark the 200th anniversary of the Borodino Battle.

The author of the monument is sculptor Jan Neiman. The monument to Pyotr Bagration – “Lion of the Russian army” - is expected to be set up in the eastern part of the former Semenovsky parade-ground – next to the Theatre of Young Spectators. Bagration, a descendant of the Georgian royal family, he served as chief of the life guards of the Semenovsky Regiment.

© Russia Info-Centre. 29 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:02 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:05 AM EST
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Imperial Chambers in Moscow to be Restored
Topic: Museums


The Imperial Chambers of the Romanov Boyars Museum in Moscow will be restored by next year for the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 2013.

The museum has stated that it will be a partial restoration, because the building is still in rather good condition.

Along with the repair work in the Imperial Chambers, there are plans to redesign the layout of the museum itself. This will allow visitors to experience how the noble families of the 16th and 17th century Moscow lived.

The imperial manor became a museum in 1857. It also gave birth to the legend that the future tsar of Russia would be born there. The Imperial Chambers have been a branch of the State Historical Museum since 1932.

© Russia Info-Centre. 29 February, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:41 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 9:50 AM EST
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Peter the Great Voted Leader
Topic: Peter the Great


Peter the Great outstripped the competition in a bid to become Russia’s next president in a rehearsal vote held in 12 voting stations in Moscow on Saturday.

His opponents were Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, and Genghis Khan, the Moscow election committee said, RIA-Novosti reported.

The voting followed the procedures to be used in the presidential election on March 4. The rehearsal was also an opportunity to test the video cameras installed at each location.

The ballots included information about each candidate, including date of birth, nominating party, marital status and a summary of achievements.

At one voting station, twenty-six voted for Peter the Great, six for Genghis Khan, and four for Alexander the Great, while Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill each received two votes.

City-wide, Peter the Great won by a large margin.

© St. Petersburg Times. 29 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:28 AM EST
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Fire Breaks Out at Palace of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich
Topic: Sergei Alexandrovich GD


A fire broke out at the former St. Petersburg residence of the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and his wife, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.

Situated on the Nevsky Prospect, the palace is today more commonly known as the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace.

The fire broke out about noon and quickly spread to the attic and the roof. The cause of the fire or the extent of the damage to the interiors and the facade is not yet known. Further updates will be posted as information becomes available.


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 28 February, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:25 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 5:54 AM EST
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Onion Domes Bring Tears to Paris Mayor
Topic: Russian Church


A glass canopy will swoop over part of the garden, joining the stone cultural centre and church with nine golden domes

Plans to build a 25-meter-tall Russian Orthodox Church are being given a similar reception to the Eiffel Tower more than a hundred years ago.

­The Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe describes the church with its five gilded domes, as “ostentatious”. The Mayor fears it won’t match “the harmony of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perspective of the Eiffel Tower”. He says that if the authorities give Russia the green light to build the church, it will only be for diplomatic and financial reasons.  

Earlier this year Russia put in a planning application for a church and a cultural centre on the site of a former headquarters of the French Weather Service. The whole complex will be a little over 4,000 square metres and include a library, a divinity school and a meeting point for Russian community members.

The project is the brainchild of Russian and French architects headed by Spanish artist Manuel NuÑ ez-Yanowsky. However, the idea of its creation belongs to the late Patriarch of Russia, Aleksey II who proposed the idea to French President Nicolas Sarkozy back in 2007.

© Russia Today. 28 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:19 AM EST
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Monday, 27 February 2012
Nicholas II Rare Photos on Display in Ekaterinburg
Topic: Ekaterinburg


An exhibition featuring photos of Nicholas II and his family, titled With Love to Russia, has opened in Yekaterinburg in the Urals.

A source in the Yekaterinburg eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church told the ITAR-TASS news agency that the collection features rare photos of the last Russian emperor and members of his family.

Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg on 17 July, 1918.

© ITAR-TASS. 27 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:15 PM EST
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Cossacks to Guard Moscow Churches
Topic: Russian Church

Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 

Activists of a Cossack society in Moscow will guard all Orthodox Christian churches in the city’s southeast after a provocative stunt was staged by feminist group Pussy Riot in a downtown cathedral.

“Cossacks are setting up patrols by every church in the district,” the district administration cited the group as saying on Monday .

The Cossack group, called Southwest, also demanded that the Pussy Riot group be put on trial by church believers, the report said.

Pussy Riot radicals shocked the Christian community last week, when five masked members of the female group stormed the Christ the Savior Cathedral to perform a “punk prayer” attacking the church for its ties to the Kremlin. Churchgoers were too stunned to prevent them from escaping, while a video of the stunt became a hit on YouTube.

Church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin demanded to make blasphemy a criminal offense following the incident. Lawmakers did not react but city police opened a case on hooliganism charges, punishable with up to seven years in prison.

Details of Cossack involvement in church protection remained unclear on Monday. Earlier this month, representatives of the Cossack community voiced plans to form “vice squads” to enforce a controversial ban on 'gay propaganda', currently being considered by the St. Petersburg city legislature.

Pussy Riot first made national headlines in January, when they performed an anti-government song on Lobnoye Mesto, a spot on the Red Square where executions are believed to have taken place in tsarist times. Two activists were detained but got away with fines of 500 rubles ($17).

© RIA Novosti. 27 February, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:13 PM EST
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Saturday, 25 February 2012
Pavlovsk Remembers Anna Ivanova Zelenova
Topic: Pavlovsk


A concert in memory of Anna Ivanova Zelenovna will be held on February 29th at Pavlovsk. Zelenovna served as Director of Pavlovsk from 1941 to 1979.

She is credited with the evacuation of art treasures from Pavlovsk during the Second World War, after having them moved to the basement of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  

After the war, she played a significant role in initiating the restoration of a number of palaces, including the Catherine Palace, Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Gatchina.

Her life and work is explored in detail in Pavlovsk, The Life of a Russian Palace by Suzanne Massie (1990) and Saving the Tsars’ Palaces by Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova (2005).

Anna Zelenovna died on the job on January 16, 1980, at the age of sixty-seven. Since her death, every year on her birthday her friends and co-workers gather at Pavlovsk to listen to chamber music concerts and honour her memory.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 February, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:56 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2012 1:03 PM EST
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National Association of Historic Gardens and Parks - Russia
Topic: Tsarskoye Selo

The Krestovy Bridge in the Alexander Park at Tsarskoye Selo

On February 16, 2012, the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo saw the creation of Russia’s National Association of Historic Gardens and Parks. The Association’s founding meeting was led by Director Olga Taratynova of Tsarskoye Selo and Head Legal Expert Sergey Zhamkochian of the Russian Museum Union, joined by the directors and representatives of the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve, Yasnaya Polyana Museum-Estate, Tsaristyno State Museum-Preserve, All Russian Pushkin Museum, Kirov Park, National Fund for the Rebirth of the Russian Country Estate, Pushkin Museum-Reserve, Russian Museum, Repin Museum-Estate, Pavlovsk Museum-Preserve and Moscow University Botanic Garden.

 The meeting’s guest speaker was Vice President Marie-Sol de La Tour d’Auyergne of the Foundation of Parks and Gardens of France (Fondation des Parcs et Jardins de France) who shared about the activities and long-time experience of her organization.

The National Association of Historic Gardens and Parks of Russia sees its mission in consolidating efforts for preservation of cultural heritage sites representing park-an-garden and landscape art, and for development of territories with cultural attributes and features.

The Association’s activities will include the forming and popularization of the combined database of Russian historic gardens and parks for information exchange and lawmaking purposes.

© Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve. 25 February, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:56 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2012 5:56 AM EST
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Friday, 24 February 2012
Imperial Crests Returned to Bialowieza
Topic: Palaces


In the mid-19th century Emperor Alexander III had a hunting lodge built at the Imperial hunting reserve at Bialowieza in Poland. Between 1889 and 1893 a palace was built for the Imperial family, which consisted of 134 rooms spread over two floors.

In 1894, a hunt was organized for the Emperor, but it was to be his last. Emperor Alexander III died on 1 November [O.S. 20 October] 1894 at Livadia in the Crimea.

Few reminders survive of the former Imperial estate; however, in an effort to restore the history of Bialowieza, the Belorussian government decided to restore the original grandeur of the roads leading into Bialowieza by returning the former Imperial crests bearing the monogram of Emperor Alexander III that once decorated the bridges. 

The former royal road now connects the Belarusian and Polish parts of Bialowieza Forest. Visitors in search of the Romanov legacy can still visit two of the oldest surviving buildings at Bialowieza: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and the Swiss House. Sadly, the palace itself was destroyed in 1944; while the ruins of the palace were demolished in 1961-63.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia.

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:55 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 24 February 2012 6:35 AM EST
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