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Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Film on Nicholas II's Affair with Ballerina Might be Banned
Topic: Nicholas II

A scene from the Russian film Mathilde
Alexei Uchitel’s historical drama Mathilde about the affair of Tsar Nicholas II with the imperial theatre ballerina Matilda Kschessinskaya might be banned from world distribution.

The film creators Vladimir Vinokur and Alexei Uchitel signed a contract with David Weisman for joint production of the historical drama three years ago. One of the contract items specified that in case if the Russian party gets to work on the project without notifying the American partner about it the latter would be entitled to a large compensation.

Now David Weisman files a lawsuit with the requirement to pay him the due amount, and if the contract terms are violated by the Russian party, he intends to out bluster the prohibition of Mathilde in world film distribution and at the international film festivals.

So far Mathilde film creators of have not reacted to the American’s claim in any way. 
For more information on this film, please refer to the following article:

Coronation of Nicholas II Scenes Shot in St. Petersburg for New Film + VIDEO

© Russia Info-Centre. 27 January, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:41 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 28 January 2015 6:58 AM EST
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Personal Belongings of Nicholas II on Display at Novosibirsk Museum
Topic: Nicholas II

A number of personal items of Emperor Nicholas II are now on display at the Novosibirsk City Museum. The items include a teacup with the personal monogram of the emperor, dated 1897. Judging from the abrasions, the cup is believed to have been used frequently by the tsar. According to a museum press release, cups, plates, spoons and other such items with such monograms were made for the exclusive use of members of the Imperial family. 

The items originally belonged to Carolina Bergman, a maid of honour of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. She served the Imperial family up until the final months of their stay at Tsarskoye Selo. On parting with the Imperial family, the woman received a number of items as a gift in recognition of her service. Subsequently, the maid of honour was to endure many hardships, her husband was executed in 1937, and because of her own infirmity, was taken in by a kind family. In gratitude, the former maid-of-honour tried to be helpful and even taught German to one of the children. In gratitude for their kindness and friendship, Caroline bequeathed the items to the hospitable family. According to the museum staff, the personal belongings of Nicholas II from this private collection are being exhibited for the very first time at Novosibirsk.

The exhibition runs at the Novosibirsk City Museum until 19 May 2015.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 January, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:23 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 23 January 2015 4:27 PM EST
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Thursday, 22 January 2015
Russians Divided between Nicholas II and Lenin in Recent Poll
Topic: Nicholas II

Tsar Nicholas II and Vladimir Lenin
More than half of Russians believe Tsar Nicholas II played a positive role in Russia, citing a poll published Tuesday by the Levada Center.

In a question respondents were offered a choice of historical figures and asked whether those figures had, in their opinion done "more good" or "more bad" for Russia. The two figures approved most by respondents were Nicholas II (with 52% in total expressing approval for the last tsar) and Vladimir Lenin (46% total approval for the leader of the Bolshevik revolution).

The results of the poll are an indication of how many Russians are re-evaluating their perception of the last tsar. For nearly 80 years, the Bolsheviks and the Soviets were perfectly content to allow the negative myths about the last tsar to stand. 

The Soviet government’s philosophy to avoid or revolutionize many facts pertaining to Imperial history, including the adoption of extreme censorship, affected what was permitted to be published inside the Soviet Union and helped the Bolshevik regime to discredit the last Emperor of Imperial Russia.  

Over the last few decades many Western biographers writing about the life and reign of Nicholas II continued to base their “research” on these same negative myths. Note: for those interested in the Nicholas II, I highly recommend Last Tsar. Nicholas II, His Reign & His Russia, by Sergei S. Oldenburg (Atlantic International Press, 1975), 4 volumes. Now out of print, however, it is available at many libraries and through inter-library loan.

The poll was conducted on in November 2014 across Russia with an error margin of no more than 3.4%. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 January, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:40 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 22 January 2015 8:45 AM EST
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
Nicholas II: The Rehabilitation of Russia's Last Tsar
Topic: Nicholas II

Of all the members of the Romanov dynasty, it is Emperor Nicholas II who has always captured my personal interest. I am currently working on a new project, one in which I have already amassed a great deal of documents and photographs (many of which I took during my working visits to Russia over the last couple of years), however, I am now reaching out to Royal Russia followers and friends for their assistance.

My new project entitled Nicholas II: The Rehabilitation of Russia's Last Tsar will take a look at the public's perception of Nicholas II since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It will focus primarily on Russia’s attitude towards the life and reign of their last tsar, one which has changed dramatically during the last quarter century.

My project will cover the following topics:

- rehabilitation of Nicholas II by the Russian government in 2008

- burial of Nicholas II at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in July 1998

- canonization of the Nicholas II by the Moscow Patriarchate

- ROC's stand on the Ekaterinburg remains and their reasons 

- Nicholas II in post-Soviet Russia

I am particularly interested in hearing from monarchists and Orthodox Christians, as well as those of you who challenge the conventional beliefs held by many Western historians and biographers that Nicholas II was a weak ruler, etc.

I hereby request any articles, personal notes, and photographs on any of the above topics.

Please contact me at the following address:

Paul Gilbert
41 Temperance Street
P.O. Box 163
Bowmanville, Ontario
L1C 3K9       Canada

Please contact me by e-mail at the following:

All assistance will be gratefully acknowledged in the finished publication, scheduled for release early next year.

Thank you for your consideration,
© Royal Russia. 15 January, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:58 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 15 January 2015 1:46 PM EST
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015
New Portraits of Nicholas II
Topic: Nicholas II

I would like to introduce the work of Andrey Shishkin, a contemporary Russian artist from Moscow. Shishkin specializes in the historical genre, including Russian landscapes, still lifes and portraits. The artist began painting at the age of fifteen, and went on to study traditional academic painting and realism. His genre paintings, portraits, and battle scenes portray great energy and depth. Andrei Alekseevich Shishkin lives and works in Moscow.
Shishkin has painted two portraits (2013) of Emperor Nicholas II, his Coronation portrait is particularly impressive. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 January, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:26 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 16 January 2015 6:14 AM EST
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Saturday, 10 January 2015
Poklonskaya Replaces Putin Photo with Nicholas II
Topic: Nicholas II

Natalia Poklonskaya, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea
On January 1st, the Russian media televised Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya New Year's greeting to residents of the Crimea. Filmed in her office which included a Christmas tree, it was a framed photograph on Poklonskaya’s desk that caught the attention of most viewers. Traditionally, all government officials host a portrait of the current president of the Russian Federation. Prominently positioned on Poklonskaya’s desk, however, was a framed photograph of Nicholas II.
During her address, Poklonskaya reflected on events during the past year in which she noted "Crimea's historic return to Holy Russia," and went on to say, "there is no sacrifice that I would not perform to save Russia" - quoting the last emperor.
President Vladimir Putin appointed the 34-year-old attorney as Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea on 2 May, 2014.
On July 20th, 2014, Natalia Poklonskaya was awarded the Imperial Order of Saint Anastasia by the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna during the latter’s official visit to Moscow.
For more information on Poklonskaya's meeting with Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, please refer to the following article: 

Crimean Prosecutor Delivers 80 Photos of Nicholas II to Livadia Exhibit

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 January, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:17 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 10 January 2015 4:43 PM EST
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Ural Artist Creates Six-foot Portrait of Nicholas II and Son
Topic: Nicholas II

Ural artist Misha Brusilovsky sits in front of his portrait of Emperor Nicholas II and Tsesarevich Alexei
Ural artist Misha Brusilovsky has created a six-foot painting, which depicts Emperor Nicholas II and his son Tsesarevich Alexei. During an interview with E1.RU, the artist said that he began the work three or four years ago.

He went on to say that after the initial first drawings, he then tried to comprehend and understand Nicholas II. “Politically, I am a dedicated monarchist. I adore and love the tsars, and believe that the tsars are the messengers of God. They lived and ruled Russia for more than 300 years” - explained Brusilovsky.

The portrait measures 2 meters (width) x 1.80 meters (height). The artist said he has no plans to sell his painting at the present time, noting that “a painting such as this is rarely completed immediately. I am presently taking a rest, but will return to it again and again” - said Misha.

It is interesting to note that Brusilovsky is one of the most expensive contemporary Russian artists in the world. In 2006, Brusilovsky’s painting "Football" sold for £108,000 pounds. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 December, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:22 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 30 December 2014 5:26 AM EST
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Friday, 19 December 2014
Emperor Nicholas II Memorial Plaque Unveiled in Voronezh
Topic: Nicholas II

On December 19 a new memorial plaque dedicated to Emperor Nicholas II was unveiled in the city of Voronezh. The plaque was erected on the Voronezh Musical College in honour of the visit of Nicholas II to the Ladies' Committee of the Red Cross Hospital, which was located in the building before the Revolution. The emperor, his wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their daughters Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana visited the hospital on 19 December (O.S. 6 December) 1914. The solemn ceremony was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the visit of the Imperial family. The event took place within the framework of events dedicated to the centenary of the First World War. The bronze memorial plaque was made at the Anisimov bell factory. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 December, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:22 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 19 December 2014 10:20 AM EST
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Thursday, 18 December 2014
Bust of Emperor Nicholas II Unveiled in Sevastopol
Topic: Nicholas II

A bust of the last Emperor Nicholas II has been unveiled at the Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs in the Russian city of Sevastopol in the Crimea. The bust was consecrated by Archpriest Father Sergius (Halyuta) of the Sevastopol district. 

The monument was created by sculptor Alexander Appolonov. The bust is a gift to Sevastopol is through the patronage of entrepreneurs of the Krasnodar Territory. A delegation of Taman (Krasnodar region) attended the consecration ceremony held on December 18th at the Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs, which is still under construction.   

“If we examine the image of Nicholas II, then apart from being a peacemaker, he was also a family man. And the family is the bulwark up which we rely. His affairs can only be analyzed by a historian, but if he was consecrated as a saint, then that means he deserved this,” said Mikhail Baslovyak, Chairman of the Taman Municipal Legislature in the Krasnodar Region.

During his 23-year reign, Nicholas II made numerous visits to Sevastopol, met with veterans of the Crimean War,  prayed in the city’s churches, visited monuments, inspected the ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Imperial Russian Navy. It was at Sevastopol that the Imperial family arrived by train, and the imperial yacht Standart. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 December, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:57 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 22 December 2014 4:26 AM EST
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Friday, 12 December 2014
Metropolitan Hilarion Believes Nicholas II Made a Mistake Entering First World War
Topic: Nicholas II

Emperor Nicholas II blesses his troops departing for the Eastern Front in 1914
The Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations (DECR) Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk sees the reason of Bolshevism and mass repressions in Emperor Nicholas II's decision to join World War I.

“The war had long-term consequences for the majority of countries involved in it. If Russia had not joined the war, there would have been no Bolshevism, starvation, dispossession of kulaks and Cossacks, mass repressions,” Metropolitan Hilarion said at the opening ceremony of the requiem concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of World War I commence in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the DECR communication service reports.

He notes that scientists still argue who won and who lost that war.

“From the formal point of view, Germany with its allies lost the war, but can we say that Russia won the war? The military actions seemed successful for it in the beginning, in 1914, but following three years of the war so much weakened the country’s forces and resources, that the empire failed, and Bolsheviks with Germany’s help managed to capture power almost without fighting, with bare hands,” the hierarch said. 
© Interfax. 12 December, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:21 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 12 December 2014 1:31 PM EST
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