Sergei Mironenko, Scientific Director of the State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF)
This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017
Sergei Mironenko, Scientific Director of the State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) made the following statement last week with regard to the controversial film ‘Mathilda’: “I am deeply disgusted with all this, to be honest. I did not see the movie, but I did read the script. The script is an outstanding work, however, with a minus sign.”
During an interview with the radio station Ekho Moskvy, Mironenko noted: "Alexandra Feodorovna was a shy woman who blushed easily, and loved her family, yet in the film she is seen lifting her skirt in one of scene and says: ‘Nicky, Nicky, look at my legs.’ “I do not know if this scene went into the film or not," he added.
Other scenes from the script of the film were also criticized by the historian, which, he said, are absurd from the point of view of historical science: "the film suggests that Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna (Nicholas II’s parents) chose ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg for a mistress for ‘Nicky’, which of course could not be in principle, it was absolutely impossible" - he said.
The Scientific Director of the State Archives of the Russian Federation emphasized that all the assumptions which the film make about the continuation of a romantic relationship between the heir and the ballerina after his wedding with Alexandra Feodorovna “have no basis”.
"It is known that after Nicholas II married Alexandra Feodorovna, he abandoned his hobbies, he was in love with ’Alix’, devoting all his time to her. Read their letters. Read the diaries of Alexandra Feodorovna. Their correspondence is the truth, it is not necessary to invent anything", - stressed Mironenko.
Sergei Mironenko served as Director of State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) from 1992-2016, and remains its Scientific Director to this day. With access to the Romanov Archives, Mironenko is considered a leading expert and authority on the life and reign of Russia’s last tsar. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, he has written articles and essays on the subject, organized exhibitions, and participated in conferences, televised interviews, and discussions.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 September, 2017