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Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Russia Discloses Exorbitant Cost Of Maintaining Lenin's Body
Topic: Bolsheviks

The Russian media reported this week that it will cost nearly $200,000 to maintain Lenin's body annually. The body of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin has been on display in the Mausoleum on Red Square in central Moscow for over 90 years

The Russian Federal Protection Service (FSO) is planning to spend more than 13 million rubles (some $200,000) in 2016 on the preservation of the embalmed body of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin, on display in the Mausoleum on Red Square for over 90 years, a FSO spokesman said on Tuesday.

A laboratory of medical and biological structures of the All-Russia Research Institute of Medicinal Plants founded in 1924 shortly after his death is responsible for maintaining Lenin's corpse.

Its employees worked to preserve the body in 1941 when it was evacuated to the Siberian city of Tyumen amid fears that Moscow could have been captured by German troops.

The Moscow laboratory also helped to embalm the bodies of Bulgaria’s Georgi Dimitrov in 1949, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh in 1969, North Korea’s Kim Il-sung in 1994 and other Communist leaders.

Many Russian citizens and politicians believe that the Bolshevik government came to power by criminal means, and that Lenin personally gave the order to murder Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. Further, he is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions of innocent people when he unleashed the Civil War and the Red Terror that followed. His hatred towards religion led to the endless violence against the Russian Orthodox Church. Lenin also signed the shameful Treaty of Bretsk-Litovsk with Germany on March 3, 1918.

© TASS / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 April, 2016


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Thursday, 21 January 2016
Russians Celebrate Anniversary of Lenin's Death
Topic: Bolsheviks

The photo was taken in 1998, and while some may view it in poor taste, it is refelction of
how popular opinion of Lenin has deteriorated in post-Soviet Russia. Cake any one?
Today marks the 92nd anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Back in 1998, a group of Russians marked the anniversary with a celebration which included a life-size cake (photo above) of the Bolshevik leaders' corpse as it looks in the Red Square mausoleum. Similar celebrations - though perhaps less macabre - are marked annually across Russia.

Many Russian citizens and politicians believe that the Bolshevik government came to power by criminal means, and that Lenin personally gave the order to murder Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. Further, he is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions of innocent people when he unleashed the Civil War and the Red Terror that followed. His hatred towards religion led to the endless violence against the Russian Orthodox Church. Lenin also signed the shameful Treaty of Bretsk-Litovsk with Germany on March 3, 1918.
Meanwhile, the topic of a possible burial of Lenin is not presently on the Kremlin's agenda, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said this week.

"There is no such question, neither in the field of discussions, nor in the field of some applied arguments and preparations. This issue is not on the agenda at all," he told reporters.

He was responding to requests to comment on the remarks made by President Vladimir Putin earlier on Thursday, in which he criticized the actions and ideas of the leader of the revolution which in his view eventually led historical Russia into ruin.

For more information on Lenin and the Bolsheviks destruction of the monarchy, efforts to remove his remains from Red Square, and more, please review the following 17 illustrated articles in the Royal Russia blog:

Lenin and the Bolsheviks - review 17 illustrated articles

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 January, 2016


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Updated: Friday, 22 January 2016 9:20 AM EST
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Saturday, 26 December 2015
Bill Introduced in Russian State Duma to Bury Lenin
Topic: Bolsheviks

The body of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin
One Russian official has taken the initiative of revisiting the issue of removing Vladimir Lenin’s corpse from Red Square. There has been a growing movement since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 to bury the Bolshevik leaders remains in a cemetery. 

Russian State Duma Deputy Ivan Konstantin Sukharev - a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) - has introduced to the State Duma, a bill urging his colleagues to resume the debate on the burial of Vladimir Lenin and the transfer of his body to one of Moscow's cemeteries. His bill also calls for the elimination of the cemetery where prominent Bolshevik and Soviet officials are buried near the Kremlin wall in Moscow.

According to Sukharev, the purpose of drafting the bill is necessary - “for the creation and promotion of the new symbols of Russia, reflecting the historical stage of unity, awareness of national identity of Russians building a democratic state, free from the domination of ideology - whose symbol remains Lenin’s mausoleum.”

"Russia cannot be considered a modern civilized state as long as a corpse remains in Red Square - the main square of the nation - the existence of Lenin’s mausoleum is simply unacceptable. Further, the misery and deprivation which Lenin’s actions and policies brought down upon his people and the state are incalculable," - said Ivan Sukharev.

He also notes: "In my view, Lenin in the history of Russia is quite unique. We know that during the 22-year reign of Nicholas II, that Russia's population increased by 60 million people. After Lenin seized power the nation experienced revolution and a Civil War, the population decreased by at least 30 million - clearly a very negative statistic in the history of our nation. "

The bill also notes that many descendants of immigrants who wish to return to our country, are so far unable to do so, identifying the mausoleum of the Bolshevik regime leader that had brought so much suffering to their families.

"The proposal to bury the remains of Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin) has long been supported by the hierarchs of the Church. Further, the existence of Lenin's mausoleum is incompatible with the religious traditions and Russian society's growing desire for Christian values" - is also stated in the draft law. 
Note: Many Russian citizens and politicians believe that the Bolshevik government came to power by criminal means, and that Lenin personally gave the order to murder Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. Further, he is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions of innocent people when he unleashed the Civil War and the Red Terror that followed. His hatred towards religion led to the endless violence against the Russian Orthodox Church. Lenin also signed the shameful Treaty of Bretsk-Litovsk with Germany on March 3, 1918 - Paul Gilbert

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 December, 2015


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Updated: Saturday, 26 December 2015 9:35 AM EST
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Thursday, 22 October 2015
St. Petersburg Lawmaker Proposes Memorial Day for the Romanov Dynasty
Topic: Bolsheviks

St. Petersburg lawmaker Vladimir Petrov wants Russia to forget the Bolshevik Revolution
Photo: The Pogrom of the Winter Palace by Ivan Vladimirov, 1917  
A lawmaker from the Leningrad Region is asking the government to institute a Memorial Day for the Romanov Dynasty, to fall on November 7. It would replace the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which the MP denounces as a “negative event.”

“November 7 must become the day of memory of the tsar’s family and all victims of the revolutionary events of 1917-1922. We must admit to a large extent that the October Revolution was one of the most destructive events since the fall of the Roman Empire or Byzantium,” Vladimir Petrov said in his interview with Izvestia daily.

The lawmaker also claimed that the possibility of Romanovs’ return to Russia was broadly discussed in the community, as well as the idea to grant a special legal status to imperial heirs. He also said that “the whole country was closely watching” the new round of the reburial of the Nicolas II and his family.

Petrov also said that the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 had no positive effect on Russia’s development and emphasized that the killing of the last tsar and his family and entourage was not a legitimate act. The politician expressed hope that instituting the Romanov Memorial Day would promote the civil dialogue in the country and eventually lead to overcoming of numerous political and historical contradictions.

Vladimir Petrov is a member of the legislative assembly of the Leningrad Region – the territory around the country’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg, which was called Leningrad during the Soviet period, but regained its historical name after the fall of Communism.

This is not the first monarchy-related initiative put forward by Petrov. In June this year, he addressed the heads of the two remaining branches of the Romanov Imperial House with a request to return to Russia, promising them special legal status and residence in one of the historic palaces in Crimea or St. Petersburg. He also promised that he and his colleagues from the Leningrad regional legislature would very soon develop and draft a bill “On the special status of representatives of the tsars’ family” that would give some guarantees to the returning Romanovs to Russian soil.

Representatives of the Russian Imperial House reacted to the initiative by saying that some representatives of the dynasty were ready to move to Russia, but such a move had to be decent and solemn.

At the same time, opinion polls do not confirm Petrov’s claims that Russian society was eager to see the tsars back. Research conducted in 2013 in connection with the 400th anniversary of the Romanov royal house showed that 28 percent of Russian citizens would agree to the rule of tsars, but only 6 percent said that this modern monarch must be from the Romanov dynasty. About 13 percent maintain that a contemporary Russian politician could become a new tsar and suggested a nationwide referendum to decide on the candidate.

The majority - 67 percent - said that Russia should leave the monarchy in the past and remain a democracy.

© Russia Today. 22 October, 2015


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Updated: Thursday, 22 October 2015 9:06 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015
ROCOR Calls Upon Mayor of Moscow to Remove Voikov's Name from Capital City Map
Topic: Bolsheviks

Emperor Nicholas II, his family and four faithful retainers were all murdered on July 17th, 1918
His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, called upon Mayor Sergey Sobyanin of Moscow to remove the name of Petr Voikov, one of the organizers of the murder of the Royal Family, from the maps of the capital.

“We know of your reasonable and constructive position on this serious and long-overdue matter. We pray and hope that the Municipality of Moscow adopt the only true, lawful and historically-founded decision to remove the name of Petr Voikov from the map of Moscow,” states the letter address to Mr Sobyanin.

The existence of this name on the map of the capital “prevents the healing of wounds brought about by the Civil War, and enables the artificial support of division within the Russian people,” noted His Eminence.

He pointed out that Voikov was “one of the darker and repulsive personas in the history of Russia, and we cannot find a single positive action in his life.”

“Terrorism, the organization of the lawless and beastly vengeance against the defenseless Royal Family and their aides, then the hiding of evidence of this crime through the destruction of the remains of the executed bodies with fire and sulfuric acid, and the subsequent sale of the treasures of the Diamond Fund and the Hermitage’s holdings at a heavy discount are on the resume of this unprincipled and cruel man,” the letter states.

The letter goes on to say that society has unsuccessfully been requesting the removal of Voikov’s name from the map of Moscow for a quarter century, and that “this evokes surprise among Russian people who live in various countries of the world, to foreigners with a friendly, positive and loving attitude towards Russia, who understand her role in the world and wish her the greatness and prosperity.”
Metropolitan Hilarion is especially troubled and bewildered by the “planned naming of the renovated metro station on the Ring Line in honor of Voikov.” As His Eminence noted, this means that “the securing for posterity of the name of this evil terrorist and executioner continues.”

Mayor Sobyanin had earlier declared in an interview with the radio station Govorit Moskva that the municipal authorities are prepared to rename the Voikov Metro Station. This idea was supported by the Russian Orthodox Church and other social organizations.
For more information on Petr Voikov, please refer to the following link:

Campaign to Rename Moscow Metro Station Honouring Regicide Gains Momentum

© Official website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. 12 August, 2015


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Friday, 7 November 2014
7 November 1917: The Russian Winter Palace Falls
Topic: Bolsheviks

Copyright Notice: The following article was originally published in the November 7th, 2014 edition of Money Week. The author Matthew Partridge, owns the copyright of the work presented below.

In March 1917, riots and rebellions forced Nicholas II to abdicate as Tsar of Russia. Power passed to an unruly ruling council that included factions ranging from aristocrats and members of the military to socialists.

With people dissatisfied with the council’s slow reforms and the decision to continue World War I, demonstrations and protests continued to increase.

By July, several members had left the coalition and the radical faction was in control, with Alexander Kerensky as prime minister. Kerensky pursued a strategy of allying himself with the Bolsheviks and arming their supporters, while isolating remaining moderates and conservatives.

This proved to be a huge miscalculation. Instead of working with him, the Bolsheviks simply used their growing influence to further undermine his government.

With an election weeks away, the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin ordered his forces to seize control. By 6 November, they were in control of most of the then-capital Petrograd (St Petersburg), leaving the Winter Palace, which was the seat of government, ripe for the taking.

Reinforced by sailors from the naval cruiser Aurora and heavy artillery, Lenin issued an order for the final attack.

The Winter Palace was defended by only a few troops and the result was inevitable: it fell in the early hours of the following day. Kerensky and other leaders escaped into exile, and Lenin took over the machinery of government, though not all cities would come under Soviet control until the next year.

Despite substantial popular resistance to their rule in the first few years, the communists would not relinquish power until 1991. 
© Matthew Partridge / Money Week. 07 November, 2014


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Friday, 18 July 2014
Communists Lay Flowers at the Grave of the Murderer of Russia's Imperial Family
Topic: Bolsheviks

On July 16th Sverdlovsk communists laid flowers at the grave of the killer of the Romanov family, the revolutionary Peter Ermakov. The ceremony was headed by Alexander Ivachev, leader of the local Communist Party Branch.

Peter Ermakov, born at Ekaterinburg in 1884 was a Bolshevik commissar, notable as having been among those responsible for the murders of Tsar Nicholas II, his immediate family, and their retinue. In 1935, Ermakov gave an interview to the American journalist Richard Halliburton, describing the burning and destruction of the bodies of the Imperial family and their servants. He died in 1952 at the age of 70.

Ivachev issued the following statement the day before: "Tomorrow, July 16th, the Sverdlovsk Komsomol will lay flowers at the grave of the revolutionary Peter Ermakov enforcing the decision of the Ural Regional Council for the execution of Nicholas II and his family. The event is dedicated to the beginning of the Tsar's Days,"- said the head of the Sverdlovsk branch of the Communist Party.

He also confirmed that several days ago, the monument was doused with red paint, the second time since the 90s and that the Communists intend to clean it up and lay flowers. Local monarchists are blamed for dousing Ermakov’s grave. The red paint being symbolic of the blood this evil man spilled and his involvement with one of the most heinous crimes in 20th century Russian history. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 July, 2014


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Friday, 25 October 2013
Lenin Statue Beheaded in Orenburg
Topic: Bolsheviks

The beheaded staute of Lenin in Ponomaryovka is the latest in a series of attacks on monuments to the Bolshevik leader, and another sign of the growing discontent that many Russians have towards his brutal and violent legacy. Photo Credit: VKontakte
In just the latest of numerous indignities carried out against his image in the past two decades, a statue of Vladimir Lenin was discovered to be lacking a crucial piece of the historical figure's anatomy in the southern district of Orenburg this week.

"Emergency in Ponomaryovka! Unknown people have sawed off the head of the monument to V.I. Lenin!!!!!" a user posted Wednesday on social networking site VKontakte, attaching a picture of the decapitated statue as proof, reported. 
Unfortunately for the former proletarian leader, this is not the first time that his statue has been defaced.

The monument was beheaded once before in the 1990s, said regional Communist Party head Vladimir Novikov, who noted that monuments in several nearby towns have suffered similar fates.

The statues are generally made of plaster and impossible to repair, so local residents inspired to restore the revolutionary to his former glory must raise enough funds to erect a new one, Novikov said.

The ubiquitous Lenin monuments have faced hard times since the fall of the Soviet Union, with most post-Soviet countries having dismantled or destroyed them as soon as they achieved independence.

Within Russia the statues have come to hold a rather more ambiguous position. While they serve as a rallying point for the country's Communist Party and are looked on fondly by some residents, they are also frequently subject to petty acts of vandalism.

Alexander Kurdyumov, a State Duma deputy from the Liberal Democratic Party, proposed last year to have all monuments to Lenin removed from the centers of Russian cities. The idea received support from some United Russia members but was vociferously opposed by the Communist Party, Izvestia reported.
© The Moscow Times. 25 October, 2013 

Editor's Note: There are many people (myself included) who still believe that Lenin gave the order to murder Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. During my recent visit to Moscow, a colleague of mine told me that a recent Russian made documentary claim to have found documents in the archives which prove that Lenin did in fact order the liquidation of the last Imperial family. I have yet to confirm these findings.  
Further, he is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions of innocent people when he unleashed the Civil War and the Red Terror that followed. His hatred towards religion led to the endless violence against the Russian Orthodox Church. Lenin also signed the shameful Treaty of Bretsk-Litovsk with Germany on March 3, 1918. For these reasons, among many others, his body should be removed from the mausoleum where his memory is glorified on Red Square and interred in a cemetery - Paul Gilbert. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 October, 2013


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Friday, 22 March 2013
Lenin, Bolsheviks, Romanovs Subject of Talks in Moscow
Topic: Bolsheviks


An important round-table discussion was held in Moscow yesterday which assessed the role of the Bolsheviks and their leaders in Russian history.

The round-table talks were organized by the All-Russian Committee for the Removal of Lenin! The discussions were held in the State Duma of the Russian Federation and attended by more than 100 prominent politicians, scientists, historians, and philosophers, many of which tabled papers. Representatives from monarchist groups, Cossacks and the Russian Orthodox Church were also present.

The main purpose of the round-table is to consolidate public opinion from a historical perspective for the future development of Russia. Prominent thinkers, philosophers, scientists, along with representatives of the State Duma will work out a consensus on the moral and historical assessment of the October Revolution of 1917, the criminal activities of the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. Of importance to those present will be the discussion of the removal of Lenin's remains from the mausoloeum on Red Square. The talks are considered a landmark, historic and watershed event in modern Russian history.

The main topics of discussion:

1. "Crimes of the Bolsheviks and their leaders. Extremism in the works of Lenin"

On the investigation of crimes committed by the Bolsheviks headed by Lenin himself; and by creating a public commission of inquiry into crimes of Lenin and to study issues relating to the murder of the Emperor Nicholas II and his family;

Speaker: Vladimir Lavrov, Russian historian Doctor of History, Academy of Natural Sciences, Deputy Director of the Institute of Russian History (up to 2011). Head of Research Center of Religion and the Church in Russia (until June 2012).  Author of works on the history of the Orthodox Church in Russia, the history of the revolution of 1917 in the Russian Empire.

2. "Bolshevism as the Red Faith"

Speaker: Petr V. Multatuli, Russian historian, author of a contemporary study of Nicholas II.

 3. "Evaluation of the Bolshevik era crimes in determining the identity of modern Russian"

Speaker: Alexander Tsipko, Russian expert in the field of social philosophy, political scientist. Senior Researcher, Institute of International Economic and Political Studies. Doctor of Philosophy.

4. "Spiritual and moral assessment of the further preservation of Lenin's body in the mausoleum on Red Square"

Speaker: Fr. Vladimir, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church and the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Publishing.

5. "Lenin, as a source of inter-ethnic, and religious hatred in Russia"

Speaker: Leonid Simonovich-Niksic Donatovich, Russian public figure, the head of the Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers (SPH), the chairman of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, co-chair of the St. Sergius of the Union of the Russian People, Deputy Chairman Union "Christian Revival", Deputy Chairman of the Society of Russian-Serbian friendship, head of the Russian-Serbian brotherhood.

6. "Cultural, historical and aesthetic background on the dismantling monuments to Lenin in Russia"

Speaker: Vladimir Makrousov, Prominent Russian sculptor, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Member of the Artists' Union, Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Chairman of the Parish Council of the community of Christ the Savior.

7. "Bolshevik leaders as government assassins"

Speaker: Boris S. Ilizarov, a leading researcher at the Institute of Russian History

8. "Russian legislation in overcoming the consequences of the communist terror"

Speaker: Daniel V. Petrov, Master of Laws (University). He worked as head of the arbitration department of the St. Petersburg City Property Management Committee, Head of the Department of State Policy Law Office "EPAM", Head of the Department of property management "RZD"

9. "Socio-cultural study of historical return is cities and towns of Russia, by the example of Ulyanovsk"

Speaker: Konnov Vladimir Deputy Simbirsk branch of the International Foundation of Slavic Literature and Culture, a public figure in Ulyanovsk.

10.  "On the need for the establishment of a permanent anti-Bolshevik and anti-Leninist historial and ideological center"

Speaker: Yuri K. Bondarenko, writer and journalist.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 March, 2013

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Monday, 18 March 2013
Lenin's Rolls Royce - An Example of Bolshevik Hypocrisy
Topic: Bolsheviks


Why did Vladimir Lenin drive the ultimate rich man's car?

Did he not vow to create a classless state?

Communist revolutionary Vladmir Ilyich Lenin declared that revolutionaries must guard against bourgeois tendencies. And yet, Moscow’s State Historical Museum contains something Lenin owned that is one of the ultimate examples of bourgeois conveyance - a Rolls Royce car, Silver Ghost model complete with fog lamps and all-leather interiors.

What business did the leader of the Communist party have owning such a luxury automobile?  How did he come to own it – and why did he keep it?

Early in the Revolution, the Bolsheviks had seized the Tsar's gold, and the Tsar's collection of fine automobiles. There were about 40 motor vehicles in the Tsarist garages and even the Communist leaders could not resist taking a liking to these cars.

So perhaps Lenin owned this Rolls Royce because he got it for free? To be certain, proof was needed to confirm that Tsar Nicholas II was the original owner.

Unfortunately the original documents do not exist. However, when researchers took a closer look at the auto itself, they looked more closely at the chassis number. The chassis number is fixed to the front of the dashboard under the bonnet. With a car this old, it would be surprising if the chassis number could be traced. Or maybe not? Rolls Royce keeps records of all the cars it has manufactured and sold. A request was made to the Rolls Royce head office in London. Incredibly, the original bill of sale was elicited. The purchaser was not Tsar Nicholas II, but an emissary of Vladimir Lenin. The date is 1922.

In the years following the bloody revolution, all industrial nations imposed an embargo, forbidding trade with the Russian Communist State. So how did Lenin manage to do business with a British car maker? A clue lies not in cars, but in planes. Rolls Royce made the best engines for bomber planes and Lenin needed them for his war machine. Lenin asked the British to break the embargo. He knew that Britain was mired in depression, with idle factories and hungry workers. British leaders held their noses and allowed the Bolshevik government to buy several of their most advanced airplane engines. To sweeten the deal, Lenin was given a 15% discount on something else . . . . . a Rolls Royce automobile, a luxury in which he paid £1850.

The Rolls Royce engines helped Lenin and his Bolsheviks win the civil war and impose a brutal totalitarian state.

© The History Channel and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 March, 2013


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