Topic: Royal Russia
9 January, 2018
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Dear Friends of Royal Russia:
This letter is part of my annual Christmas appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and admirers of the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.
Established in 1994, Royal Russia has been a personal labour of love for more than two decades, one which I am honoured to share with many others around the world on a daily basis. I am able to achieve this via my web site, news blog and through the publication of my two popular periodicals: Royal Russia and Sovereign.
I devote many hours each day, browsing Russian language media sites to bring you the latest news on the Romanov dynasty, their history and legacy, exhibitions, and more. Articles and news stories of interest are translated from Russian, and supplemented with photographs and videos.
In the past year, the Royal Russia web site underwent a major overhaul. New full-length articles were revised and updated, while a new video and film archive was launched. The Royal Russia News blog was created in March 2011, and now features more than 2,300 news stories, and photographs, with new material being added on a near daily basis. In 2017, more than 200 articles and news stories were translated from Russian and added to my news blog.
Web Site and Blog:
The growing number of visitors from around the world, who utilize my web site on a daily basis - a record number of more than 5 million visitors in 2017. The growing interest in Royal Russia has resulted in a growing increase in my monthly operational and maintence costs.
For instance, I am forced to pay for more bandwidth in order to accomodate such a large and growing audience. This also allows me to upload and share more videos, photographs (JPEGs), music (MPEGs), online auction catalogues and other documents (PDFs), which utilize a lot of space.
Further, I pay an annual fee to my web-host Lycos-Angelfire, a monthly fee to keep my web site and blog free from advertising pop-ups, domain registration and a host of other services.
All of these fees are paid for out of my own pocket, and paid in US dollars.
This financial strain has deepened even further since I semi-retired in October 2016, and downsized both the publishing and book selling divisions of my business. The regular updates on the Royal Russia web site and news blog are now more dependant than ever on the kindness and generosity of its followers and supporters.
"In 2017, more than 200 articles and news stories were translated from
Russian and added to my news blog. The translation of additional articles
and news stories from Russian into English will continue to be the single
largest expense in the coming year ahead."
It is the cost of translating articles and news stories from Russian into English, which puts the greatest strain on the limited finances which I have to work with.
Full-length articles by Russian historians and experts are being published in English for the first time in issues of my bi-annual periodicals Royal Russia and Sovereign. Each issue offers a growing number of these articles, offering readers fresh, new information from archival sources which have opened to researchers in recent years.
If you enjoy all the FREE articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making a donation.
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Please note that there certainly is no obligation, this is merely a request for you to help by sponsoring my work and keeping the memories of old Russia alive.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of Royal Russia. I look forward to bringing you many more years of articles, news stories, videos and photographs of the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.
The following article appeared in the August 17, 2013 edition of The Virginia Gazette.
It seems that once your name becomes known on the Internet, strange things happen.
Apparently, as a result of having excerpts from my Gazette columns that deal with U.S.-Russian relations broadcast on the Voice of Russia, relayed to 160 countries and reaching an audience of more than 100 million people, I have received an invitation from Paul Gilbert to join Royal Russia, an organization that celebrates "The Romanov Dynasty, the Russian Monarchy and the History of Imperial Russia."
"Personally, I support a restoration of the monarchy in Russia," Gilbert wrote in the introduction to his biography. "I believe that a devout Christian monarchy must rule Russia. Holy Russia has no need of Western democracy. It is a country moved by mystical forces. Monarchy is a political form best suited to Russia. The country needs a monarch, the mother of the nation, one that is above the nation's law. I acknowledge HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna as Head of the Russian Imperial House and the rightful claimant to the Russian throne."
Gilbert was born in Cornwall, England, and as a child immigrated with his parents to Canada. To his knowledge, he has no Russian roots, but a book given to him many years ago whetted his appetite to learn more about the Romanovs and the rich history of Tsarist Russia.
"Even though I was baptized into the Church of England, I have great interest and respect for the Russian Orthodox Church. While traveling in Russia, I make a point of visiting as many churches that I possibly can… When I step into a Russian Orthodox Church, I feel transported back in time… It is in the churches of Russia that I find an inner peace that I do not find anywhere else," Gilbert wrote.
Gilbert's fascination with the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia has transformed him into a power-house for propagating the restoration of the Romanov Dynasty. His more than 30 years of experience in the publishing business have prepared him well to launch Royal Russia Annual, the only publication of its kind dedicated to the Romanovs and Tsarist Russia. His website, Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty & Imperial Russia in Words and Photographs, welcomed over 1.2 million visitors from all over the world.
He writes that for nearly 100 years after the fall of the monarchy in Russia, the world's fascination with the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia endures. But for many decades after the 1917 Revolution, the archive materials related to the Russian Imperial family were inaccessible. Contrary to widely held belief, he noted, nothing was destroyed. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, researchers are able to access a virtual cornucopia of diaries, letters, and other documents that shed new light on the Romanovs and their legacy.
"I have visited the Romanov Archives in the State Central Archives in Moscow on more that one occasion," he writes. "I held in my hands the personal letters between Nicholas II and Alexandra, the diaries of their children and the numerous personal photo albums of the Russian Imperial family."
Now, to honor the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty, Gilbert is launching a new series of Royal Russia Collectors Editions devoted to the Russian Imperial family and their legacy.
In January 2013, Gilbert was notified by the Chancellery of the Head of the Russian Imperial House that "Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna had elevated Paul Gilbert to the Imperial and Royal Order of St. Stanislav, III Class." The presentation ceremony will take place in Moscow.
"It is truly a rare privilege for a non-Russian to receive one of the historic Imperial orders of knighthood. To be recognized for my effort by the Head of Russian Imperial House is indeed the greatest honor of my lifetime of work… It is my fervent hope that through my work I can leave behind a legacy of better understanding and appreciating the Romanov Dynasty and the immense contribution that they have made to the history of Russia," Gilbert wrote.
This claim may have many detractors. But no doubt, Gilbert's one-man crusade on behalf of the Romanov Dynasty has had an impact. Nevertheless, I have not joined the Royal Russia organization.
© The Virginia Gazette. 18 August, 2013
I am pleased to announce that Royal Russia has launched a page on Facebook, the popular online social networking service which serves over 1 billion active users around the world.
The new Facebook page does not mean the end of my blog. I felt that Facebook was a good way to promote Royal Russia to a larger audience. It will also give people the option of viewing updates on both my web site and blog on one page.
Our Facebook page will be updated daily with all the latest updates to our web site, blog, book shop and more.
You can also add your own comments and engage in discussions with others about the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, the monarchy, Imperial Russian history and more.
This is an exciting new venue for Royal Russia, one of which I am sure will be enjoyed by Romanovphiles and Russopiles alike.
Follow us on Facebook page by clicking on the following link;
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 April, 2013
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