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Saturday, 23 December 2017
Russian Communist Leader Has Meltdown Over Russia's Last Tsar
Topic: Bolsheviks

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, wearing a budenovka, a popular hat worn by the Bolsheviks 
This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

Earlier this week, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov warned fellow communists about what he deems “the campaign for falsifying history, by putting forward inflated versions of the murder of the Russian Imperial family  in 1918.”

"Religious monarchist extremism has willingly inflated a whole campaign on the bones of the last Russian tsar, even a version about the ritual murder of the Romanov family has been launched. The demands of repentance may result in new appeals of grave digging in Red Square and outrage over Soviet shrines and victories," Zyuganov said at the pre-election congress of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. 

The leader of the Communist Party added that in the year marking the 100th anniversary of the revolution there were forces actively calling for the rehabilitation of the Russian monarchy.

"They magnify Nicholas II, and in doing so, are actively falsifying the history of the Soviet period ... It's not hard to imagine that 2018 will bring new versions of dilapidated accusations against the Soviet state and communists, among them the unleashing of civil war and the Red Terror," Zyuganov said.

According to Zyuganov, all this has an "absolutely explosive provocative nature, and it must be stopped!"

When answering a question from a journalist about the possibility of the burial of Lenin’s corpse - Zyuganov angrily replied - "Leave, you robbers and scoundrels from Red Square and the red necropolis. I will never allow the destruction of the mausoleum.”

Zyuganov refuses to accept that the overwhelming majority of Russian society is convinced that it is now time to bury the remains of the Bolshevik leader, and to recognize the Russian Revolution as a tragedy, and the terrible events associated with it, one in which millions of innocent men, women, and children.

After the collapse of the communist regime in 1991, archives became available to historians and researchers, who began to conduct numerous studies on the life and reign of Nicholas II. Their findings have resulted in a large number of scientific works and books, as well as documentaries and films, which have greatly altered the negative assessment of Russia's last emperor and tsar.
One of the most recent documentary films about the Russian Revolution and the reign of Nicholas II is Sergey Aliev 's film The Beloved Sovereign. The Truth About the Last Russian Tsar.

Participation in the filming was hosted by candidates of historical sciences, famous figures of science and arts. The film highlights little-known facts about the last Russian tsar and the state of Russia at the end of the 19th century beginning of the 20th century....
Click here to watch The Beloved Sovereign. The Truth About the Last Russian Tsar (Duration: 1 hour, 44 minutes. Language: Russian).

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 December, 2017 


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Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Boris Yeltsin Had Plans to Demolish Lenin's Mausoleum and Restore Monarchy
Topic: Bolsheviks

In 1998 President Boris Yeltsin (left) ordered Sergey Vadimovich Stepashin (right) to demolish Lenin's mausoleum 
During an interview with Istorik magazine earlier this week, former Russian prime minister Sergey Vadimovich Stepashin, claims that in 1998 acting Russian president Boris Yeltsin gave him an order to demolish Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square.

Stepashin chaired the Ministry of Interior from March 1998 to May 1999, and it was during his term in office that he made an official visit to England.

"When I came back, I went to his office and Yeltsin said:
"Sergey Vadimovich, I made a decision to demolish the mausoleum."
I told him: "Well, but how does it relate to the Ministry of Interior?"
"The Ministry of Interior should secure order," he answers.
"Well," I say, "I am a minister and should fulfill orders of the Chief Commander, the only thing I can't secure, Boris Nikolayevich, is that you still will be the president and I will be a minister after such a decision," Stepashin recalls. 

According to him, he started persuading Yeltsin not to demolish the mausoleum. 

"If you trust me, then please listen to me, I tell you honestly, it is not the right time. From the Christian point of view, Lenin's body should not be demonstrated. It is a sin. But it is not the right time to demolish the mausoleum. Don't do it! Doesn't it incommode you?"
Yeltsin grumbled, but listened to my arguments," Stepashin said.
Since 2007 Stepashin is the head of the revived Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).
Yeltsin's sympathetic interest in a restoration of the monarchy

In 1994, unconfirmed reports in the media suggested that Yeltsin also had plans to restore the monarchy in Russia. According to economist and strategist Vladimir Lvovich Kvint events would have taken the following turn: Parliament would vote for the restoration of the monarchy, or Yeltsin would organize a referendum, and the people, tired of the fighting among political leaders would agree. Yeltsin was not in favour of an absolute monarch, but a constitutional monarchy with more power than that of those in Britain and Europe. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 April, 2017


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Friday, 21 April 2017
Russian MPs Pressing for Lenin to be Laid to Rest
Topic: Bolsheviks

Lenin's body, January 1924
This article was originally published by the TASS News Agency web page on 20 April 2017

A group of Russian lawmakers has submitted a bill to the lower house of parliament demanding to remove the remains of Bolshevik revolution leader Vladimir Lenin from Moscow’s Red Square, the press service of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) said on Thursday. The legislators also cited the position of the Russian Orthodox Church that Lenin should have been buried some 25 years ago.

Six MPs from LDPR and the ruling United Russia party said that if the draft law was adopted the Russian government would determine the time and place of Lenin’s body burial taking into account the political climate and the overall mood of society.

The legislators also cited the position of the Russian Orthodox Church that Lenin should have been buried some 25 years ago and quoted President Vladimir Putin who said that this issue should be handled "carefully to make no steps that could split the society."

According to the lawmakers, the issue of Lenin’s burial "should have no historical, political or social background", stressing that the Bolshevik leader’s body "is neither a symbol of the epoch, nor a symbol of national unity."

The authors of the bill also cited the latest poll conducted ahead of Lenin’s birthday (April 22) by the All-Russia Public Opinion Center.

According to the survey, 60% of Russians are in favor of Lenin’s burial. Some 36% of them think Lenin should be buried immediately, while 24% said the communist leader should be moved from Red Square when the generation who honors him is gone.

Lenin’s embalmed body currently remains on display in the Mausoleum on Red Square for over 90 years despite numerous calls for his proper burial. His interment remains an issue of heated debate since the time of Perestroika. In 2016, the Russian Federal Protection Service (FSO) spent more than 13 million rubles (some $230,000) on preserving his body.
Most Russians (63%) have agreed with the idea that Lenin’s body should be buried, last year this figure was 60%, a survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed on Friday.

"The majority (63%) essentially concurred that it is necessary to do that. However, 32% of those polled said this should be done immediately, while 31% are in favor of waiting for some time until this issue ceases to be sensitive for those to who cherish Lenin,’ the pollster said, adding that 31% of the respondents suggested "leaving things as they are."

Members of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) and United Russia factions had earlier submitted to Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) a bill on removing the body of leader of the 1917 Russian revolution Vladimir Lenin from the mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square. One of the bill’s co-authors, Ivan Sukharev, said that the mausoleum could be relocated and turned into a museum dedicated to Lenin, but "not in the heart of Russia."

The poll indicated that 39% of the respondents consider the Lenin Mausoleum a tourist attraction and are indifferent to the issue, while 18% said that the body of Lenin, the great leader, rightfully remains in the heart of the country.

On the other hand, 38% of Russians shared the view that it is wrong and unnatural to keep Lenin’s body embalmed in the Red Square mausoleum.

"Russian society is unprepared for drastic decisions on the topic of reburying Lenin’s body. There is no prevailing point of view, and it is not being shaped. The most acceptable option is to preserve the status quo, perhaps, with reservations and preconditions, but still that will be the status quo," noted Mikhail Mamonov, director of the pollster’s research projects.

The survey was conducted on March 9-10, 2017, with 1,200 people interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 3.5%.
For more information on Lenin and the Bolsheviks, please refer to the following articles and news clips archived in Royal Russia News:

Lenin and the Bolsheviks  + 25 additional articles & news stories

© TASS News Agency. 21 April, 2017


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Monday, 13 March 2017
Rid Red Square of Lenin's Remains and Destroy Monuments to Him, Urges ROCOR
Topic: Bolsheviks

Russia's love affair with Lenin has sharply deteriorated since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991
This article, originally published by Interfax, has been revised and edited
from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, has urged the liberation of Russia's cities and towns from monuments to Lenin and to rid the center of Moscow of his body. 

"A symbol of reconciliation of the Russian nation with the Lord would be to rid Red Square of the remains of the main persecutor and executioner of the 20th century, and the destruction of monuments to him. They are all symbols of catastrophe, tragedy, and of the destruction of our God-given Sovereignty. The same applies to the cities, oblasts and streets which are deprived of their original historic names," the ROCOR Synod of Bishops was quoted by its press service as saying in their epistle. 

The bishops noted that the only thing that hindered Russia's unstoppable growth was "a revolution organized and supported by the Western nations."

It is important to note that the constant denigration of Russia on the part of “Western civilization” we see today existed a hundred years ago and, in fact, much earlier. The world despised the Russian Empire, the heir to Holy Orthodox Rus. Neither adherence to the duty to Russia’s allies, nor the unceasing readiness for cooperation by the Russian Tsars could change that. The renowned British statesman, Lord Palmerston, succinctly stated: "How difficult life is in the world when no one is at war with Russia." 

Its authors said that of the reasons for revolution in Russia were "the apostasy and neglect of faith in Christ, and the rejection of the Divinely-ordained government."

They pointed out that "the educated classes in Russia, raised in so-called “Westernizing” traditions, pushed Russia with almost suicidal relentlessness into the abyss, pushing the Russian people in every way possible to reject their faith, their Tsar and their Fatherland."

© Interfax. 13 March, 2017


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Monday, 9 January 2017
A Century After the Russian Revolution, Will Putin Bury Lenin?
Topic: Bolsheviks

The embalmed corpse of Vladimir Lenin on display in the mausoleum on Red Square in Moscow
This is an abridged version of an article by Steve Gutterman, originally published by Radio Free Europe.
It has been abridged and edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia.
Disclaimer: No copyright is claimed by Royal Russia, but published for information purposes only.

The embalmed corpse of Vladimir Lenin, whose seizure of power following the Bolshevik Revolution sealed the fate of the Romanov dynasty and ushered in more than 70 years of communist rule, lies on view in a squat stone mausoleum just outside the Kremlin walls.

Amid intermittent calls from Russians to put Lenin in the ground, Putin -- who is often described as pragmatic -- may have been weighing the possibility for years. And 2017, the centenary of the revolution, would seem like the time to do it.

For one thing, burying Lenin could drive home the message that revolution is bad.

He criticized Lenin last January, accusing him of planting a "time bomb" beneath the state and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. Putin went further when he denounced Lenin and his government for brutally executing Russia's last Emperor along with all his family and servants. "Why did they kill Dr. Botkin, why did they kill the servants, people of proletarian origin by and large? What for? Just for the sake of concealing a crime," Putin said during a meeting with pro-Kremlin activists. 

Others have gone further. Natalia Poklonskaya, a Russian lawmaker and former prosecutor in the Russian-imposed government of Crimea, lumped Lenin together with Hitler and Mao Zedong as "monsters" of the 20th century. And ultranationalist Zhirinovsky has called for Moscow's Leninsky Prospekt -- Lenin Avenue -- to be renamed after Ivan the Terrible.

In a reference to the Bolshevik Revolution during his state-of-the-nation address on December 1, Putin said that coups invariably lead to "the loss of human life, casualties, economic decline, and misery." He warned against "speculating on tragedies that occurred in nearly every Russian family" as a result of the revolution -- a warning, at least in part, not to try anything like it again.

More broadly, burying Lenin would add substantially to Putin's legacy, etching him in history as a leader who made a big break with the Soviet past. It could help him replace Lenin as a father figure and aid his quest to unite Russian citizens around some overarching national idea -- a goal that has so far been elusive.

There have been calls for Lenin's burial since the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991. In 2013, a poll by the independent Levada Center found that only 25 percent of Russians believed his body should remain in the mausoleum on Red Square.

But the Kremlin has always been cautious, concerned about offending those who feel nostalgia for the Soviet era and about angering the Communists -- who have come in second in every parliamentary election since 1995, when they came in first.

Just as the Bolsheviks feared that revealing the location where the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were dumped after they were shot in a provincial cellar in 1918 would give them posthumous power as martyrs and spark protests, post-Soviet leaders have worried that moving Lenin's body from its prominent place could give leftist Kremlin opponents more force and focus.

Putin will want to avoid any step that would "unleash forces that are going to get out of control very fast," Anna Arutunyan, author of the book The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia's Power Cult, said in a Power Vertical Podcast on RFE/RL in November. "Such an emotional thing as this -- it could actually backfire in terms of creating more support for the Communist Party instead of less."

Mark Galeotti, a senior policy fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague believes, however, that Putin's government could seek to put paid to such a threat -- and also clear the body off Red Square -- by publicly casting his burial as a "final gesture of respect" for a man who played a crucial role in Russian history, good or bad.

But as 2017 approached, Russian officials made it clear that Putin plans to use the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution as an occasion to plug the idea of national unity. While Putin may see Lenin's burial as a chance to do just that, he could also decide that Russia is still not ready for such a step.

"There is this backlash against Lenin, but he is still in the mausoleum, and I'm not really seeing him being taken out of the mausoleum any time soon," Arutunyan said.
Click here to read the full version of Steve Gutterman's article.

© Radio Free Europe / Steve Gutterman. 9 January, 2017


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Saturday, 3 December 2016
Soviet War Hero Refused to Shake Hands with Nicholas II's Killer
Topic: Bolsheviks

This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

December 1st marked the 120th anniversary of Soviet war hero Marshall Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896-1974). Zhukov is recognized as the most acclaimed Soviet military commander during World War II, particularly for Russia’s victory over the Nazis in the Battle for Berlin in 1945. He is the most decorated general in the history of the Soviet Union.

An article published in the November 29th edition of the daily Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, revealed some little known facts about this man. Of particular interest is a meeting between Zhukov and the man who murdered Russia’s last tsar in 1918 Peter Ermakov. 

Georgy Zhukov was appointed commander of the Urals Military District from 1948 to 1953. According to the official version Zhukov was sent to the Urals, because he illegally exported from Germany works of art. But according to unofficial, he had simply fallen out of favor with Stalin. It appears that Stalin was jealous of Zhukov's popularity among the Soviet people.

During his years in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg), he was fascinated in the history of the city and region. According to friends, Zhukov was distressed by the shooting of Nicholas II and his family by the Ural Soviet on 17th July 1918. Zhukov believed that it was necessary to save the monarch and his family. 

It was during those same years in Sverdlovsk that great honour was being enjoyed by yet another local: Peter Ermakov. After the Civil War Ermakov became a policeman, and was later promoted as head of the prison in 1927. Ermakov met regularly with workers' collectives and bragged that it was he who pulled the trigger of his revolver, ending the life of Russia’s last emperor and tsar. This dreadful act of regicide was rewarded with the renaming of a street in his honour in the Ural capital. [Note: Ulitsa Ermakova was renamed Kluchevskaya in the 1990s - PG]. Zhukov gnashed his teeth while witnessing all these honours.

Finally, in 1951 the two men met. At a reception, which gathered all the local Party elite, Peter Ermakov approached General Zhukov and held out his hand. Frowning in disgust Zhukov looked Ermakov in the eye, and muttered, "I do not shake the hands of the murderers."
For more information on Peter Ermakov, please refer to the following article:

Communists Lay Flowers at the Grave of the Murderer of Russia's Imperial Family

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 December, 2016


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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Communist MP Repents for Bolshevik Killings of Russia's Last Imperial Family
Topic: Bolsheviks

"Forgive us, Sovereign!"
This article researched and translated from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

Sergei Sibikin, a Communist Party deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Orenburg has issued a unique repentance for the murder of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. 

He has paid for the placement of four billboards with the image of the royal family and the inscription "Forgive us, Sovereign!" in the Russian cities of Orsk and Mednogorsk. Sibikin, who is currently campaigning in regional elections, acknowledged during a campaign speech that the billboards are timed to the 98th anniversary of the murder of the royal family, but also emphasized that he does not support a restoration of the monarchy in Russia.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is preceded by the Communist Party of the RSFSR (1990-91), preceded by the CPSU (1912-1991) and preceded by the RSDLP or Bolsheviks (1898-1918).

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 July, 2016


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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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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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