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Friday, 16 March 2012
4th Annual Russian Monarchist Conference in Moscow


On March 13th, a group of more than 100 historians, scholars and politcians from across Russia gathered at the Russian State Trade and Economic University in Moscow for the 4th Annual All-Russian Conference dedicated to the Monarchist Idea in the 21st Century. This years theme was Russian Imperial Politics Past and Future.

The Presidium of the conference included A.N. Zakhatov, Director of the Chancellery of HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna; and Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, Head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations.

The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna as Head of the Russian Imperial House.

The hall was decorated with the imperial standard, and large portraits of Grand Duchess Maria and her son, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich. The Russian Imperial National Anthem God Save the Tsar, was sung at the beginning and the end of the day-long conference.

Support for a restoration of the monarchy in Russia continues to grow as more and more Russians become despondent with modern day politicians. A poll taken in May 2011 found that 39% of Russians favour a constitutional monarchy, compared with 24% for the current democratic republic, and only 12% favoured a return to Communism.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 March, 2012



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Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2012 9:05 AM EDT
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Conference on Tsar's Abdication Held in Moscow
Topic: Nicholas II


The manifesto dated 2 March, 1917 at 3:00 pm, signed by Nicholas II in pencil at the bottom right hand corner 

On March 15th [O.S. March 2nd] Russia marked the 95th anniversary of the Abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. This historic manifesto essentially brought an end to the Romanov Dynasty which had ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917.

Last night, a group of historians, scientists, and other public figures met at the State Russian Historical Museum in Moscow to discuss the abdication of Russia's last tsar.

It is interesting to note that there is a theory among a growing number of historians in Russia who claim that the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II was actually fabricated and that the manifesto document itself was forged by his enemies, anxious to see an end to his reign and the monarchy in Russia. The debate on this theory has actually been garnering headlines in the Russian media over the past year.

In 1997, a memorial plaque was mounted at the train station in Pskov marking the signing of the abdication by Nicholas II  

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 March, 2012


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Updated: Friday, 16 March 2012 10:40 AM EDT
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Decision Regarding Romanov Burial to Be Made by State
Topic: Holy Royal Martyrs


“The decision on the burial of the remains of the children of Tsar Nicholas II is to be made by the Russian State,” said Chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko.

According to Matviyenko, the problem surrounding the burial of the remains of the Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria continues to be a subject of debate. “There is no consensus among the descendants of the Romanovs nor the Russian Orthodox Church regarding both the question of the authenticity of the remains found near Ekaterinburg in 2007, and their proposed burial,” she said.

Matviyenko went on to say: “that it is essential for historical accuracy to resolve the problems and unanswered questions of our nations past.”

The remains of Alexei and Maria are now being housed at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, awaiting the decision of the Russian Government.   

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 March, 2012

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Updated: Friday, 16 March 2012 10:18 AM EDT
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Russian Icons Featured at Maastricht Art Fair
Topic: Antiques


Russia presents a variety of icons, paintings, jewelry items, and antique porcelain and furniture at the European Fine Art Fair TEFAF in Maastricht.

The Russian pavilion abounds in exquisite pieces of art, including paintings by Konstantin and Vladimir Makovsky, animal figures made from semiprecious stones from Carl Faberge collections and choice porcelain from the Yusupov factory which was founded in Arkhangelskoye outside Moscow in 1814.

The Amsterdam-based company Toth features an impressive 700-item collection which consists of Russian icons and other masterpieces with the prices reaching  dozens of thousands of euro.

© RIAN. 16 March, 2012

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Royal Gate Restored at Church on the Spilled Blood
Topic: St. Petersburg


The consecration ceremony of the Royal Gate in the Church on the Spilled Blood took place on Wednesday.

The recreation of the Royal Gate was done almost from scratch, thanks to vintage black and white photographs dating back to 1907, and colour lithographs. The work which lasted 8 years, consisted of 600 kilograms of gold, silver and enamel.

Construction on the church began in 1883, and was completed during the reign of Emperor Nicholas II in 1907. The church has never functioned as a place of worship (even during Tsarist times), having been built exclusively as a memorial to Emperor Alexander II who was murdered on the spot that the church was built in 1881. 

In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, the church was ransacked and looted. In 1929 the Royal Gates were stripped bare, and the following year, the church was closed by Soviet authorities. Restoration of the church began in 1970 and took 27 years to complete. The recreation of the Royal Gate is the last major restoration project of the famous church located on the Griboedov Canal in the former Russian capital.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 March, 2012


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Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2012 3:00 PM EDT
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Romanov Descendants Ask Putin to Rule on Romanov Burial
Topic: Holy Royal Martyrs


On Tuesday, representatives of the Romanov Family Association asked President-Elect Vladimir Putin to rule on the burial of the Tsesarevich Alexis Nicholayevich and his sister, the Grand Duchess Maria Nicholayevna, whose remains were found in 2007.

Ivan Artsyshevsky, who represents the Romanov Family Association claims that the main obstacle to the burial remains is the position of the Church.

Both the Russian Orthodox Church and the head of the Russian Imperial House, the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, continue to doubt the authenticity of the remains found in 1991 and 2007.

In late 2011 a Russian Court ordered that a copy of the 700-page investigation into the murder of the 1918 murders of the last tsar and his family be handed over the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 March, 2012


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Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Fresco Depicting Nicholas II Discovered in Serbian Monastery
Topic: Nicholas II

A unique fresco depicting the Emperor Nicholas II has been discovered at the Zica Monastery in Serbia.

Although the image of the Russian tsar was found in the monastery church of Saint Sava a few years back, information regarding the discovery has only just recently come to light.

The paintings of the church, including the image of the Tsar-Martyr, were created by Nicholas Meyendorff in 1937. The image was hidden from view for fear of the fresco being destroyed by Communist authorities.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 March, 2012


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Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2012 9:11 AM EDT
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Russian National Portrait Gallery Opens in Moscow
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Topic: Museums

Marble bust of Emperor Alexander III by Enrico Braga 

A National Portrait Gallery has opened to the public at the State Historical Museum in Moscow. The idea for a National Portrait Gallery was conceived two years ago and is now a reality, thanks to the joint efforts of the State Historical Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery.

The exhibit includes more than 100 portraits and busts of outstanding state, public and cultural figures from Russian history are celebrated in portrait, beginning with members of the Romanov dynasty from the first Romanovs up to the last tsar, Nicholas II.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 March, 2012

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Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2012 9:12 AM EDT
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Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Exhibition
Topic: Exhibitions


The Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich

The history and activities of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society in Russia and Palestine are the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of State Religion in St. Petersburg.

The exhibition, which opened today feature 200  items, including works of decorative and fine arts, photographs, rare books, pilgrims relics and more. The society marks its 130th anniversary in June 2012.

The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society was founded by the Emperor Alexander III in 1882. His brother, the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was a founding member of the IOPS, and served as its first president from April 1905 up to February 1905, when he was murdered by assassins in Moscow. 

The society aided Russian pilgrims to visit the Holy Land, and to assist the Russian Orthodox Church in its spiritual ministry abroad, as well as cultural and educational activities among the Middle Eastern peoples, as well as the research of Christianity in the Holy Land. The society's activities were discontinued after the Russian Revolution in the 1917, but were renewed in 1992.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 March, 2012




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Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2012 3:03 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monument to Alexander III Planned for Novosibirsk
Topic: Alexander III


The new monument to Alexander III in Novosibirsk will be similar to the one in Irkutsk (shown above) 

A monument to the Emperor Alexander III is to be erected in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk this summer.

The monument will honour the Russian tsar's committment to the construction of the Trans Siberian Railway, and will be erected in a square facing the railway bridge that spans the Ob River.

Organizers note that the monument will be very similar to the one in Irkutsk, with some minor modifications. The unveiling is expected to take place at the end of June when the Siberian city will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Trans Siberian Railway.

*Note: There are currently at least 5 monuments to Emperor Alexander III on display across Russia. For more information, please refer to Royal Russia Annual No. 1, pages 31 and 32.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 March, 2012


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