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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Visits Ingushetia - Documentary
Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 48 minutes
Topic: Maria Vladimirovna GD


On November 10th, I reported on HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna's official visit to Ingushetia.

A 48-minute video has been prepared which documents the highlights of HIH's five-day visit to the region, including meetings with Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.

The text and narration of the video are in Russian, however, the visuals are both stunning and inspiring.

During her official visit to Ingushetia, Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, and members of the Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House, along with the President of the Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, came to the Monument of Memory and Glory of Ingushetia in the city of Nazran. The Grand Duchess and other members of her delegation placed flowers at the Eternal Flame at the Monument Complex to the victims of political repression, and at the memorials to the Ingush Regiment of the Native (Savage) Division, and to the last defender of the Fortress of Brest, Lieutenant U. Barkhanoev.

Her Imperial Highness’s special interest in this historical complex stems from the fact that, as is well known, the sculpture of the horsemen of the Savage Division at this site includes a depiction of Grand Duchess Maria’s kinsman, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich. We recall that in the years of the First World War, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich commanded the Savage Division, which was made up of volunteers from across the Caucuses. “It is very touching that the Ingush people have not forgotten the members of my family, who loved and respected them. Thank very much for preserving this memory,” the Grand Duchess said.

Then the distinguished guests were invited to tour the entire Memorial Complex, where there is located a museum of the victims of the forced deportation of the Ingush people in 1944. The Head of the Imperial House explored the exhibits in the museum and inscribed the following message in the visitor book: “The greatest possible honor is due a people who, even while remembering the bitterest pages of its history, nonetheless keep looking forward toward their future.”

At the Memorial of Memory and Glory of Ingushetia, Her Imperial Highness presided over a review of the Honor Guard of the Southern Military District and of cadets of the Mountain Cadet Corps.

In a speech delivered at that time, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov noted the enormous significance of the visit of Grand Duchess Maria of Russia for the Republic of Ingushetia, and emphasized the fact that the Ingush people have always faithfully served Russia. “This monument—is a tribute to one of the most glorious members of the Imperial family. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich had a special love for his Ingush regiment, for the Ingush cavalry, which distinguished itself with its unmatched courage and remained true to their oaths they had made to the Fatherland, unto the very end,” the President of Ingushetia said.

In her response, the Head of the Russian Imperial House of Romanoff said: “I am deeply grateful to the President of the Republic of Ingushetia for his invitation to come to this incredible territory, which, after so many, many years, retains the memory of the Imperial family. It is wonderful to see this monument, which depicts not only our relative, but shows him to be surrounded by his true brothers. The pathway now is open for me to return here many times in the future. From the bottom of my heart, I wish for every blessing on the Ingush people. Thank you for your warmth and your hospitality.”

The official part of the event ended with the Grand Duchess being presented with a miniature version of the Monument to the Savage Division, with an inscription plate noting the Imperial Visit to Ingushetia.

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© Russian Imperial House. 18 December, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:27 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 2:44 PM EST
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Descendants of the Sheremetevs Meet in St. Petersburg
Topic: Nobility

 Pyotr Sheremetev

Descendants of the Sheremetv dynasty have gathered in St. Petersburg to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Fountain House. Fourteen members of this renowned noble family, citizens of France, the US, Morocco and Russia, gathered in the Northern Capital for this occasion.

The delegation is headed by Pyotr Sheremetev (Pierre Chérémetieff according to his French passport), chairman of the Russian Musical Society in Paris, rector of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Russian Conservatory of Paris (Conservatoire russe de Paris Serge Rachmaninoff) and honorary chairman of the International Council of Russian Compatriots. Pyotr Sheremetev is the great grandson of Count Sergei Sheremetev – a member of the State Council of the Russian Empire, archeologist, historian and honorary member of the Academy of Sciences.

The guests visited the Sheremetev Palace, which belonged to the family for 200 years. The building is hosting an exhibit called The Fountain House: Meeting after 300 Years, which illustrates all of the periods of the periods of the history of the estate – from its founding in 1712 to our era. The Sheremetevs saw the personal items of their ancestors, the family’s renowned gun collection as well as family relics – icons which belonged to the family over the course of many years.

Today, December 18, the descendants of the Sheremetev family will visit the Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra. One of the monastery’s vaults is the final resting place of eight members of the family. A memorial service will be held by Nazary, Vicar of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Vicar of the St. Petersburg Eparchy and Bishop of Vyborg.

© Russkiy Mir. 18 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:29 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:32 PM EST
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Monday, 17 December 2012
Emperor Nicholas II Official Visit to France in October 1896
Topic: Nicholas II


On October 5th, 1896, Emperor Nicholas II arrived in France for an official visit. He was accompanied by his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and their daughter, Grand Duchess Olga Nicholayevna.

The Imperial family's visit was celebrated on a grand scale and included visits to Cherbourg, Paris, Versailles and Chalon.

The Russian Emperor's visit to the French Republic helped to strengthen relations between the two nations. It was also during his visit to Paris that Nicholas II laid the foundation stone for the Pont Alexandre III, a bridge spanning the River Seine named in honour of his father.

The Imperial family's official visit to France from October 5th - 9th  was recorded and photographed by reporters and artists and later documented in the three illustrated albums published in 1896.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:35 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 17 December 2012 3:00 PM EST
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Sunday, 16 December 2012
A Russian Moment No. 1 - Church on the Blood, Ekaterinburg
Topic: A Russian Moment

This week's Russian Moment shows snow falling on the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg. Built on the site of the former Ipatiev House (also known as the House of Special Purpose), it is the spot where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were all murdered in the early morning hours of July 17, 1918.

Surrounding the church are large images of members of the Russian Imperial family, including grand dukes and grand duchesses who perished during the Red Terror that swept across the former Russian Empire following the Russian Revolution.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:16 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 30 March 2013 1:02 PM EDT
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Saturday, 15 December 2012
Vintage Photo of Nicholas II No. 11
Topic: Nicholas II
Nicholas II on board the Rurik, dated 23rd September,  1908. The Rurik was an armoured cruiser built for the Russian Imperial Navy in 1906, and named in honour of Rurik, the semi-legendary founder of ancient Russia.

The ship was constructed by Vickers in Barrow in Furness, England. What is unusual is that the Russian Imperial Navy was not usually a customer of British shipyards.

During her service, the Rurik carried out a deployment to the Mediterranean where she joined two battleships of the Russian Imperial Navy, Tsesarevich and Slava, in representing Russia at the coronation of King Nicholas of Montenegro in 1910.

During World War I, the Rurik became the flagship of the Baltic Fleet. She saw much action and was heavily damaged by mines on several occasions. The ship was worn out by 1918, she was hulked in 1922, and sold for scrapping in 1930.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 December, 2012

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Romanov Letters Go Under Hammer in Geneva
Topic: Auctions


Sales inaugurated yesterday of Romanov memorabilia at the Hôtel des Ventes in Genèva achieved a total price of CHF 1.3 million, with more than 90% of the lots sold.

The four letters by Tsar Nicholas II from the collection of Prince Nicholas Romanovich were the highlight of this sale. They were purchased for a price of CHF 120,000, compared with an estimate of CHF 9,000-14,000. Each of these letters established a world record for letters by Tsar Nicolas II. The buyer of these letters, of a large number of imperial photographs and of Grand Duke Nicholas’ helmet is a Russian collector based in Monaco who is keen on history. Bernard Piguet, director  and chief auctioneer of the HDV Geneva, said: “We are delighted with this result, which clearly shows that the HDV has established an international reputation thanks to the quality of the unprecedented and rare collections that have been entrusted to it. We should also point out that the success of this third special high-level Russia sale (following the Thormeyer Collection in December 2011, and the Lifar Collection in March 2012) means that the Hôtel des Ventes is now an indispensable specialist in the sale of Russian art.” 

The 4 letters written by Tsar Nicholas II are major historical documents that not only show Russia 's involvement in the First World War but also the Tsar’s deep concern for the well-being of his army. They also highlight the close links between the Tsar and Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich, even after the latter was dismissed from his post as supreme comander of the Imperial Armies.

Prince Nicholas Romanovich said: “An outstanding result is always satisfying but it gives me great pleasure to know that these documents have been purchased by a single bidder who is keen on history. The fact that he is Russian makes it doubly satisfying. These auctions have been perfectly organised by Bernard Piguet and I am very pleased to have entrusted to him with the sale.”

The campaign helmet of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich, supreme commander of the Imperial armies, was the object of a fierce bidding war between bidders present in the auction room and Russian bidders via telephone. It was finally sold for CHF 26,700, compared to an original estimate of CHF 500 (lot 244).

The military decoration of the Imperial Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, which was on the cover of the catalogue, attracted strong interest from collectors and its price reached CHF 79,000 (lot 136, est. CHF 10,000-15,000). It came from a highly prestigious origin, being part of the private collection of the former Queen of Spain. Other objects in this collection also aroused considerable interest. The queen’s fan decorated with the royal monogram in diamonds, rubies and emeralds changed hands for CHF 4,800 (lot 49, est. CHF 3,000-5,000), while the Star of the Order of the Precious Crown, an extremely rare decoration from the Japanese Empire, fetched a price of CHF 48,600 (lot 69, est. CHF 8,000-12,000). 

Other notable Russian items that came under the hammer were three pieces of Fabergé silverware sold for 80,300 and an enamel tea service by goldsmith Pavel Ovchinnikov, sold for CHF 48,600 (lot 181, est. CHF 15,000-20,000).

©  Hôtel des Ventes. 11 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:27 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 2:43 PM EST
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2013: Netherlands-Russia Year
Topic: Anna Pavlovna, GD


Queen of the Netherlands, Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865) 

The year 2013 will reflect the special relationship between Russia and the Netherlands and Amsterdam. Russia and the Netherlands have been important trading partners since the Golden Age. Connections between the two countries strengthened over subsequent centuries. When Napoleon fell from power in 1813 and the Netherlands ceased to be a vassal state of France, the forces which advanced to the gates of Amsterdam to liberate the city were Russian Cossacks. A number of members of the House of Orange also married members of the imperial Romanov family or their descendants. The bonds between the Netherlands and Russia were crowned in 2009 by the opening of the Hermitage Amsterdam, the new satellite of St Petersburg´s famous museum in Western Europe.

© Hermitage Amsterdam. 11 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:40 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 19 December 2012 6:49 AM EST
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Monday, 10 December 2012
Order of Saint George and Saint George Cross for Soldiers
Topic: Russian History


© RIA Novosti. 10 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 1:46 PM EST
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Sunday, 9 December 2012
Between Orient and Occident: Treasures of the Kremlin from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great
Topic: Exhibitions


In 2006 the Grünes Gewölbe presented an exhibition at the Moscow Kremlin Museums under the title “The Jewel Cabinet of August the Strong”. Now, six years later, the host museums are paying a return visit to Dresden:

Around 140 masterpieces from the Moscow Kremlin Museums are on show in a special exhibition in the State Apartments of Dresden’s former Royal Palace (Residenzschloss). They include items from the collection of European silver from the Kremlin Armoury, sumptuous garments, precious jewellery and vessels, as well as arms produced by Turkish and Persian craftsmen. These objects will be complemented by 23 items on loan from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen and the Saxon State and University Library (SLUB), and also from the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.

The exhibition covers the period between 1547, when Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) was crowned Tsar, and 1712, when Peter the Great (1672-1725) made Saint Petersburg the new capital of the Russian Empire. The exhibition focuses on the significance of the Kremlin as a crossroads between western and eastern cultures, which led to far-reaching changes and the opening up of Russia to the outside world. The enormous growth of its influence and power, as well as its expanding trade relations, gave this huge country ever increasing importance in the political and economic power structures of the time.

This is illustrated by the lavish objects purchased by the Tsars and presented to them as gifts by foreign ambassadors from both west and east. In addition, the Kremlin workshops – inspired by the numerous diplomatic gifts – produced precious items of goldsmith’s art, garments and ceremonial weapons which combined European and oriental tastes with ancient Russian traditions to create objects of perfect form. In this way, the accumulated treasures demonstrated the Tsars’ attitude of openness to the world and were an essential aspect of courtly display. To contemporaries, they demonstrated the power and wealth of the Russian Empire, and their fascination for today’s visitors is no less great.

An exhibition between the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) and the Moscow Kremlin Museums from

Dates: 1 December 2012 - 4 March 2013
Venue: Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe), Royal Palace  (Residenzschloss) at Dresden, Germany

© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen. 09 December, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:11 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 6:24 AM EST
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Friday, 7 December 2012
Monarchists Call for Patriarch Regiment
Topic: Russian Monarchy


Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All the Rus 

Monarchists in the Volgograd region have proposed launching special regiments to guard the patriarch and Orthodox sanctuaries.

Activists from the Russian Monarchal Center borrowed the name “Vladychny Polk” (Lord’s Regiment) from the pre-tsar times in Russian medieval history.

If the idea is endorsed by the Patriarch’s blessing, Orthodox squads are to operate nationwide, according the center’s head Mikhail Shorin.

“The events of 2012 demonstrate that the time has come for organized defense of Orthodoxy,” he told Nezavisimaya Gazeta in an interview published on Thursday.

Cyber attacks on the patriarch staged by “Satanists and their supporters,” Pussy Riot’s punk-prayer in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, were among those developments that pushed him to fight for the faith, according to the interview.

Earlier, Orthodox activists united to patrol areas near churches to prevent blasphemous actions of defilers when the controversial Pussy Riot case was being heard in a Moscow court. Cossacks, tsarist-era warriors from southern Russia, started patroling central Moscow last week.

Anti-clerical campaigns swept through the Russian internet and some anti-Kremlin groups after Patriarch Kirill voiced his support for Vladimir Putin during his election campaign.

© The Moscow News. 07 December, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:39 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 7 December 2012 12:36 PM EST
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