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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.
Our web site aims to educate and inform new generations of Russophiles, to offer sources for historians, teachers and students, and to satisfy the quest for a better understanding of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia for Romanovphiles.
We support the research and translation of historical documents so that historians, researchers, and the general public in the West will have access to them.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 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.
HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
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.
Succession of the Russian Imperial House
Kirill I, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
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 not short of admirable. Their faith sustained them, despite nearly eight decades of prosecution. 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.
Боже, Царя храни!
English translation (literal)
God, protect the Tsar !
The full heraldic display of the Emperors and Autocrats of All Russias.
The Lesser coat of arms.