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Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Russian Nationalists, Monarchists March Through Moscow
Topic: Russian Monarchy

Monarchists march through the strees of Moscow on Tuesday carrying images of Nicholas II and his son, Alexei
Nationalists carried flags and chanted slogans at Russian March parades on November 4, while President Vladimir Putin and his supporters played up patriotism in celebrations of the National Unity Day holiday.

The Russian March has been held annually since 2005, when National Unity Day, which commemorates Russia's defeat of Polish invaders in 1612, was introduced during Putin's second term. 

The holiday replaced the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. In recent years the authorities have turned a cold shoulder to the Russian March.

The Russian March attracts the best and the worst of nationalism, which include a medley of far-right, monarchist, imperialist, and radical Orthodox Christian groups, some carrying tsarist-era flags, icons and portraits of Emperor Nicholas II, and his son, Tsesarevich Alexei.

Smaller parades were held in other Russian cities, such as St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg, and in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

Meanwhile, mainstream Russian political leaders mixed strident invective against Kyiv and the West with words of support for the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine at a rally in central Moscow that followed a parade police said drew some 75,000 people.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriach Kirill, urged unity among citizens of Russia and suggested the sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis were aimed to plunge the country into a new "Time of Troubles" like the one considered to have ended in 1612.

Putin placed flowers at the Red Square monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky, who led the forces that expelled the Poles from Moscow in 1612, according to the Kremlin press service. 

Putin was also to hand out medals to foreigners seen by the Kremlin as contributing to peace, friendship, and mutual understanding at a time when he faces vehement criticism from the West.
Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 05 November, 2014


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Updated: Wednesday, 5 November 2014 7:14 AM EST
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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Putin Riles Monarchists, Orthodox Christians
Topic: Russian Monarchy

On March 4th, while responding to reporters' questions about the events in Ukraine and the Russian people’s reaction to them, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Tsar-Martyr Nicholas as “Bloody Nicholas”. His inappropriate choice of words have riled Russian monarchists and Orthodox Christians, who are deeply offended by the use of an old expression popular with the Bolsheviks and enemies of the monarchy. According to reports on monarchist web sites and blogs in Russia, this was not the first time that the Russian President has referred to the last tsar in such a derogatory manner. In the summer of 2011 at a meeting with members of the Olympic construction team in Sochi, Putin, unfortunately, used the same "epithet." 

Critics of the last tsar nicknamed him “Bloody Nicholas” because of the Khodynka Tragedy, Bloody Sunday, and the anti-Semitic pogroms that occurred during his reign. Under his rule, Russia was defeated in the Russo-Japanese War. As head of state, he approved the Russian mobilization of August 1914, which marked the first fatal step into World War I and thus into the demise of the Romanov dynasty less than four years later.

Dmitri Sysuev, Head of the Russian Imperial Union-Order, issued the following statement regarding Putin’s use of the vulgar epithet: “It seems that after the large-scale, true folk celebrations, held last year in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty that such expressions are inappropriate and offensive to the feelings of millions of Orthodox people. Moreover, such ‘rhetoric’ in the current situation in Ukraine today is unlikely to contribute to the pacification of the country and the fraternal unity of those who are willing to resist the anti-Russian nationalist extremists, regardless of political persuasion, and the difference in assessment of various historical periods of our country.”

“On behalf of the oldest Russian monarchist organization urge those responsible for the fate of our country continue to avoid in formal political speeches similar expressions,” said Sysuev

The Russian Imperial Union-Order (RIUO) is a traditional Russian monarchist organization that was chartered in 1929 by white emigres living abroad. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the organization also gained chapters in the motherland. The organization supports the claim of HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, as the sole legitimate heir of the crown of Russia. The RIUO is member of the International Monarchist Conference. The RIUO marks its 85th anniversary in 2014. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 06 March, 2014


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Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Russians Ponder Restoration of Monarchy
Topic: Russian Monarchy

The popularity of a recent exhibit on the House of Romanov has led some observers to believe there is a growing sympathy towards the monarchy in Russia and perhaps the desire to return to it. A recent poll by the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion has shown that 28 percent of Russian citizens would support a restoration of the monarchy.

Journalists asked some of the thousands who stood in line to see the exhibit why they were so interested and if they could imagine the return of the monarchy in today’s Russia.

David Gzgzyan, head of the department of theological disciplines and liturgy of St. Philaret Orthodox Christian Institute

People want to have iconic figures to look up to, and today in Russia the choice is very limited. The two most prominent figures in popular consciousness are Stalin and Nicholas II. This exhibition plays up the glory of the monarchy and makes the institution appear attractive; it does not dwell on the monarchy as an institution of power.
Russian people are used to looking backward. The future scares people with its uncertainty. Our compatriots are especially frightened of the future, because everything is unstable. There are no social institutions that work. Everything exists due to inertia, and the inertia forces a person to seek support in the past. Therefore, there is a demand for attractive symbols of this past.

Sergey Moshchenko, 59, retired astronaut, Moscow

I stood in line for three hours. After I retired, I had a lot of free time and became interested in history. Much has been said on television and on the Internet about the dynasty; it seemed that there was no one as outstanding as Peter the Great. But after I began to study it, it turned out that there were other outstanding tsars worth talking about. The entire history of the House of Romanov was thorny and intricate. Peter chopped off heads, and sometimes this was necessary, and he performed the dirty work. He was able to understand the people. They would steal, yes, but also work. As a result, the country prospered.
A return to the monarchy? Yes, why not?

Vera Ilincheva, senior citizen, Moscow Region

I came together with my friend; we go to the same church. We came to learn about the history of the Romanovs. Moreover, we want to see the icon – Our Lady of St. Theodore – which was the patron icon of the Romanov family and the patron saint of Nicholas II. We wish to have a faith as strong as his.
It is difficult to say whether we need a monarchy. People have lost faith, and they cannot believe that the monarchy will bring a bright future to our children.

Alexey Bulygin, 28, engineer, St. Petersburg

Yesterday I came to Moscow on a business trip and learned from friends about this exhibition. I decided to visit since I have some free time. I heard that the exhibition is presented in a new, interactive format, and I am curious as to what it looks like. Generally speaking, I do not visit exhibitions.
I think that maybe someday we shall return to the monarchy. People have been given such freedom that perhaps they will ask someone to stand over them and make them do things.

Olga Trinkunas, 41, entrepreneur, Moscow

I was advised by a colleague to visit this exhibition, which had had a great impact on her. I wanted to see the icon. It is too bad that there is such a long line. When I came on Saturday, the line was so long that I did not wait. I thought that during the week the line would be smaller, but unfortunately the situation is the same. I wonder what they are showing about the Romanovs that so many people are waiting in line. I think the Romanovs have done a lot for the country.

The sad fate of the last emperor cannot make people indifferent. The monarchy has perspectives. The country needs a strong hand.

Dasha Popova, 15, student, Moscow

I have been waiting for three hours. My teacher advised us to visit this exhibition. I came here for the sake of learning something new. What this exhibition is about, to be honest, I do not know. I think we spoke about the Romanovs during history lessons. Many people have come, because the entrance is free. In Moscow these days, almost nothing is free. I do not support the monarchy.
© Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 November, 2013


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Updated: Wednesday, 27 November 2013 1:15 PM EST
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Saturday, 18 May 2013
A Russian View of Monarchy
Topic: Russian Monarchy

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 May, 2013

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Russians Don't Like Idea of Bringing Monarchy Back - Poll
Topic: Russian Monarchy

A poll conducted by the Levada Center shows that the majority of Russians are confident that Russia does not need a monarchy and Russia's last emperor Nicholas II was not the best leader. The 145th anniversary of the birth of Russia's last Emperor Nicholas II will be marked on May 18th.

 The study shows that 10% of the respondents (against 9% in 2000) favor the restoration of monarchy in Russia. These people are mainly workers (14%), public servants (13%), respondents aged between 25 and 55 (13%), people with vocational degrees (13%), and supporters of Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (13%).

 An overwhelming majority of the respondents (76%, against 91% in 2000) oppose the restoration of monarchy in Russia. These people are mainly students (85%), people with disabilities (83%), businessman (82%) Russians older than 55 (81%), people with university degrees (80%), supporters of Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov (89%) or businessman Mikhail Prokhorov (86%).

 Twenty-five percent of the respondents believe Nicholas II "was not a very good leader and made many mistakes, which he, however, redeemed with his death as a martyr." Twenty-three percent of the respondents call him "an innocent victim of the bolshevik terror," 18% believe that Nicholas "abdicated, gave up the country at a difficult moment, and is responsible for what happened to the country after 1917." Another 12% said Nicholas II "reduced the people of Russia to poverty caused a catastrophe in the country, and was overthrown by the people."

Note: the results of this poll do not reflect the opinions of Royal Russia and its administration - PG

© Voice of Russia, Interfax. 18 May, 2013

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Saturday, 13 April 2013
ROC Urges Dialogue on Restoration of Monarchy in Russia
Topic: Russian Monarchy


The Head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin

In an interview with RIA Novosti (April 4th, 2013), the Head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said, when asked the question: "In the Orthodox community we often hear the opinion that the best policitical system for  Russia is the monarchy. Would you agree with this view, that is it possible, in principle, for a revival of the monarchy in Russia? "

"I would not rule out anything. In the "Basics of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church" refers to the possibility of a spiritual revival of society that would allow the transition to a more religiously rooted form of government, one that would include the monarchy. A more religiously rooted form of government is far better form of government than that of a republic. But I would caution against any artificially imposed monarchy, without the willingness of the Russian people, especially the spiritual readiness. This revival would be wrong - and that in itself would devalue and weaken the monarchical idea.

"Moreover, I know that there are some political and technological scenarios, developed by external forces to Russia, which suggest a monarchy under the strict control of foreign - as an option for Russia's subordination to such controls. I am afraid that this "revival" is not accepted by our people and unlikely to favor Russia.

"In general, the debate on this subject should be avoided. However, let the Russian people discuss, argue for and against, and most importantly, let them weight the pros and cons that have taken place during the monarchical history of Russia."

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 April, 2013


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Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Over a Quarter of Russians Would Welcome New Monarchy
Topic: Russian Monarchy


28 percent of Russians say they would not mind a revival of the monarchy in the country, a poll has revealed, noting however that people don’t know anyone who could fill such a position.

Meanwhile, four percent of the population both want the Tsar back and do know who could come to the throne, a survey by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) discovered. 

Almost a century after the February 1917 revolution put an end to the rule of Romanov dynasty and the Russian Empire, one in ten Russians still believes that being a monarchy would be better for Russia. Notably, in Moscow and St Petersburg such a view is shared by 19 percent of residents.

However, the vast majority of respondents (82 percent) are happy with the current – republican - form of the government, where the head of the country is chosen through elections. Only 7 percent of people could not decide which of the two they would actually prefer.

Two thirds of Russians are confident that autocracy is a closed chapter for Russia. This opinion is particularly common for supporters of the Communist party and the elderly, pollsters found.

When asked who could hypothetically become a new Russian tsar, 70 percent of people stated that the revival of monarchic rule would simply be “impossible and wrong.”

At the same, time 13 percent of those questioned suggested that a possible ruler could be a politician or a public activist elected either directly by people through a referendum or – alternatively – by parliament.

Only six percent of respondents would want to see the descendants of the Romanov Family on the Russian throne.

2013 marks 400 years after the Romanov dynasty ascended to the Russian throne in 1613, reigning for over three centuries, until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in 1917. In July 1918, Nicholas and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

Editor's Note: This is just one of many polls conducted in Russia over the past decade asking the same question: "Should the monarchy be restored?" The results have been varied, one poll stating 35% support of a restoration. Even this statistic is remarkable given Russia's turbulent history over the last century. Who would have predicted the fall of the Soviet Union and Communism in 1991, or finding the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, followed by their burial at St. Petersburg in 1998 and their canonisation by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2000. The poll fails to acknowledge the fact that many Orthodox Christians support the monarchy, and that the Russian Orthodox Church recognizes HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna as Head of the Russian Imperial House. So, will the monarchy return? Let's wait and see. Winston Churchill once said: "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." -- Paul Gilbert

© Russia Today. 20 March, 2013

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Updated: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 9:05 AM EDT
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Thursday, 21 February 2013
Could the Russian Monarchy Return?
Topic: Russian Monarchy


HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, Head of the Russian Imperial House 

While the House of Romanov is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2013 HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, its head, spoke with Russia Beyond the Headlines about her position and what role her family could play in modern Russia.

||| Click Here to Read the Interview with Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna |||

© Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 21 February, 2013

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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

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Updated: Friday, 7 December 2012 12:36 PM EST
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Thursday, 23 August 2012
New Political Party Seeks Restoration of Monarchy
Topic: Russian Monarchy


Russian pro-Orthodox Church activists have set up a party called Samoderzavnaya Rossiya (Autocratic Russia) with the stated objective of restoring the monarchy via parliamentary procedures and, according to one of its leaders, brings together several thousand people.

Without monarchy, Russia would be unable to carry out tasks put before it in the 15th century, "when God put Russia in the place of Byzantium," Valentin Lebedev, head of the Union of Orthodox Citizens and one of Autocratic Russia's leaders, told the Interfax-Religion portal.

"Building the Third Rome is the task of the Russian people. By their work to carry out this task, our ancestors built the greatest state in the world, the Russian Empire," he said.

"We set ourselves the task of bringing the lofty spiritual ideals that the Orthodox Church enshrines into all spheres of society, primarily into government, in other words into political life," Lebedev said.

The leader of Autocratic Russia is Dmitry Merkulov, a journalist and public figure.

Lebedev said the creation of the party started last year, before Russia simplified its legislation on setting up parties.

"At the moment, the registration process is underway," he said. "After its registration the party will launch a practical struggle for power, first locally and then in the State Duma."

Lebedev said Autocratic Russia has several thousand members living in various parts of the country.

© Interfax-Religion. 23 August, 2012

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