Established in 1994, Royal Russia marked its 20th anniversary in 2014. Our web site currently welcomes more than half a million visitors from every corner of the globe each month, and our Facebook page has nearly 90,000 followers.

Royal Russia remains one of the most popular web sites dedicated to the study and appreciation of the Romanov dynasty, their rich legacy, the monarchy and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

Royal Russia is a web site dedicated to keeping the memories of old Russia alive by celebrating the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russian history. We are able to accomplish this through our web site, blog, and the translation, publication and distribution of books and our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual. Royal Russia is dedicated to the distribution of accurate information about the House of Romanov, their legacy, pre-Revolutionary Russian history, and highlighting the importance of the Russian Imperial House in today's Russia.

Royal Russia believes that the legacy of the Romanovs and the history of Tsarist Russia should be sources of national pride and prosperity. Our goal is to educate, restore and honour one of the world's greatest dynasties and the rich history of pre-revolutionary Russia.

We support the research and translation of historical documents so that historians, researchers, and the general public in the West will have access to them.

We support the preservation and restoration of buildings of historical importance in Russia so that present and future generations may come to appreciate the history of Russia so vehemently denied them under Communist rule.

The empires of Russia, Austria and Prussia were absolute monarchies, ruled by emperors or empresses. Many of the neighbouring royal houses of Europe were constitutional monarchies, ruled by kings and queens.

The term Imperial is a more accurate title for the rulers of Russia before the 1917 Revolution and the downfall of the monarchy. I believed that by naming this web site Imperial Russia, that this was too encompassing and evoked a misleading impression of of the content of this web site.

This web site is dedicated to the Russian Imperial family, their legacy and the direct relationship they had in pre-revolutionary Russian history.

H.I.I. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
Head of the Russian Imperial House
de jure Empress of All the Russias

Royal Russia supports the restoration of the monarchy in Russia, recognizing HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna as the Head of the Russian Imperial House and claimant to the Russian throne. The Russian Imperial House is a historic institution, which has preserved its continuity since the time of its accession and which operates according to its own internal historical dynastic laws and regulations.

We believe that the Romanov dynasty which, though no longer reigning, nonetheless should be regarded legally as a historical institution and, consequently, one of the main pillars of modern Russian society.

We also believe that any restoration of the monarchy in Russia is subject to the will of the Russian people.

We acknowledge all legitimate descendants of the Romanov dynasty, recognizing their family heritage, and the work that they do in the name of their descendants, as well as their charitable efforts in Russia today.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
of Moscow and All Russia a

Royal Russia strongly supports the Russian Orthodox Church, and its efforts in restoring faith to the Russian people, a faith denied them by nearly 80 years of Communist and atheist ideology. Royal Russia also recognizes the role that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) played in both the history of Russia, and its assocation with the monarchy up until 1917.

Like the Russian Imperial family, the ROC suffered terribly under the hands of the Bolsheviks and later, the Soviets under Joseph Stalin. Churches were closed, desecrated, even destroyed, while thousands of priests, nuns, and Orthodox faithful were persecuted. Many were tortured and murdered, while many others were exiled to Gulags, never to be seen or heard from again.

It is important to note the efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR). The ROCOR was formed as a jurisdiction of Eastern Orthodoxy as a response against the policy of Bolsheviks with respect to religion in the Soviet Union soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917, and separated from the Russian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1927 after an imprisoned Patriarch Sergius I of Moscow pledged the Church’s qualified loyalty to the Bolshevik state.

In 1981, the ROCOR canonized Tsar Nicholas II and his family as new martyrs. It was not until 2000, after much debate, that the Romanov family was canonized as passion bearers by the Moscow Patriarchate in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia officially signed the Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate on May 17, 2007 restoring the canonical link between the churches.

The strength and fortitude of the Russian Orthodox Church and its followers is nothing short of admirable. Their faith sustained them, despite nearly eight decades of persecution. Today, some 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union and Communism, the ROC is once again thriving.

Royal Russia is supported by many members of the Russian Orthodox Church around the world. Their prayers and ongoing dedication and support help to keep the memories of old Russia alive.

Click on the image below to watch a short (1 minute, 23 second )video of the Kuban Cossack Choir sing a haunting rendition of God, Save the Tsar! / Боже, Царя храни! (with English subtitles)


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ROYAL RUSSIA No. 11, 2017

A special web page offers information on current, forthcoming, and past issues of our official magazine dedicated to the study and appreciation of the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russia, published bi-annually.

SOVEREIGN No. 3, 2016

A special web page offers information on current, forthcoming, and past issues of our periodical dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II, published bi-annually.

by Semyon S. Fabritsky

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Royal Russia Founder & Web-Site Administrator
Holy Trinity Monastery
Jordanville, New york

Read a biography about the Founder and Administrator of Royal Russia, who has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to the study of the Romanov dynasty and the history of Imperial Russia. He has visited Russia 28 times since 1986, his most recent visit to Ekaterinburg in June 2016.


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