Music of the era of Peter the Great performed at the Presidential Library in St. Petersburg


On 16th February, the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library hosted the first concert of the educational project “Music of the Russian statehood” – “Peter I and Musical Russia”.

According to Director General of the Presidential Library Alexander Vershinin, the idea of ​​creating the project was born within these premises – the library was always accompanied by music since its opening. And this is not accidental: one of the main directions of the institution’s work is the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage, including the musical heritage.

The music of Russia and Western Europe was presented by world-famous bands and performers. The program of the evening includes performances by the Admiralty Orchestra of the Leningrad Naval Base, the Danilov Monastery’s Festival Choir, the Barocco Concertato Early Music Ensemble and the rhythmic show of drummers. In particular, the famous chant “The Heavenly King”, the composition “On the foundation of the city of St. Petersburg” and other musical rarities were performed.

“A long-term partnership with the Presidential Library produces great results”, – said Maria Safaryants, head of the International Festival of Classical Music “Palaces of St. Petersburg”. – There was created a project supported by a grant from the President of Russia thanks to it. The noble task is set – to restore through music the connection of time, we expect to reveal in our cycle the uniqueness of the musical epochs from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. “All the events of the cycle will be held in a building on Senatskaya Square, 3, their video recordings will enrich the electronic fund of the Presidential Library. 

“Music of the Russian statehood” is a cycle of ten multimedia concerts where the role of a host belongs to the Russian historian, writer, creator of the project “Russia is My History”, the skilful mediator between the world of musical history and the audience – Alexander Myasnikov. He said that the formation of Russian statehood was inseparable from the history of the development of music. Already in the era of the Rurikovich, on the battlefields, pipes and drums were sounded (at that time they were called nakry), and at the princes’ courts, at feasts and on rural holidays – horns, pipes, spoons, gusli.

The musical world was intensively modernized and developed during the Romanov era. The Choir of the Sovereign Singers, the future Choral Choir of St. Petersburg, has become a regular participant in all secular and state events. What we call concert life in the old days was centered around the performances of church and monastery choirs. 

During the concert, everyone at that evening at the Presidential Library learned about Peter I’s tremendous influence on the development of musical culture, heard works that he once performed as a soloist and as a drummer.

On weekdays and solemn days, all campaigns of Peter Alekseevich were accompanied by “Songs of His Majesty” – henceforth so called in the documents of the former sovereign song singers. The Tsar himself often took part in the speeches. Peter the Great accompanied the choir on the banks of the Neva, when the first stones of St. Petersburg were laid. So the tradition of musical accompaniment of all great beginnings was born.

It was during the time of Peter that the first orchestras appeared – the military. As a child, the future emperor was the drummer of the 1st company of the “funny” Preobrazhensky regiment. Former amusing, and then Guards regiments – Semenovsky, Izmailovsky, Preobrazhensky and others move to the new capital. Military marches and secular works were heard in St. Petersburg. One of the first Russian marches, written in the era of Peter, was the march of the Preobrazhensky regiment.

The decree of Peter “On the dignity of the guest, at the assemblies” made a radical change in the cultural leisure of the urban population. In it, in particular, there were also such points: “Without singing, there is no fun in Russia, but they begin by the sign of the master. Do not enter the rage, listen to the neighbor – (after all) roaring alone, you are like an ass of Valaam. Musicality and sweetness, on the contrary, you will gain many praises from guests”.

In his closing speech, co-host of the concert, managing director of the fund “Palaces of St. Petersburg” Viktor Khaprov thanked the Presidential Library for using the most interesting materials from its foundation in preparing the visual accompaniment of the concert.

The organizers of the concert cycle are the Foundation of the International Festival of Classical Music “Palaces of St. Petersburg” and the Presidential Library. The project “Music of the Russian statehood” was carried out using the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society provided by the Presidential Grant Foundation. 

©  Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. 23 February 2018

This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


Portrait of Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, 1916

Artist: Nikolai Vasilyevich Kharitonov (1880-1944), from the collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow

The portrait is signed on the bottom by Grand Duke Andrei, and dated 10th December, 1916

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich (1879 – 1956) was the youngest of four sons born to Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909) and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (1854-1920).

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Russia’s own lady Hamilton: Why did the first Russian Emperor execute his Scottish mistress?

A descendant of Scottish aristocrats, Mary Hamilton (died in 1719) was not only a lady-in-waiting in the court of Peter the Great, but also his (not so) secret lover. Her fate was sealed when she tried to hide the truth from the imperial family. Oleg Yegorov writes in RBTH.

Russian nobility’s most daring swashbuckler

This Russian imperial guardsman fought Napoleon, married a gypsy and was booted from an around-the-world voyage for bad behavior. Count Fyodor Tolstoy earned the nickname “American,” even though he never visited the U.S. Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH.

What happened to the pets of the last Romanovs?

Some of them not only followed their owners into exile but also lost their lives on the same tragic night in July 1918 when the Romanovs were killed. Interestingly, though, one dog managed to survive and ended up in the UK.
Ksenia Zubacheva writes in RBTH.

23 postcards to say ‘I love you’ in Tsarist Russia

‘What do I need your fidelity for? Show me your love instead’: They knew how to cut to the chase in the 19th century. Nikolay Shevcenko writes in RBTH.

Gaze across the city of tsars and emperors from a bird’s eye view + VIDEO

St. Petersburg takes on a whole new charm during the winter months, when it is covered with snow. I have visited the city during the winter on several occasions over the years, and am always in awe of the city’s beauty during this particular season – PG

Alexander Pushkin, one of the Russia’s greatest writers, used to say that his favourite season in St. Petersburg was winter. Now you can see it for yourself.

Why Russia has two calendars and how it lost 13 days of history

100 years ago, the Russian people irrevocably had half a month wiped off their lives: 13 days of February in 1918. Here’s why. Alexey Timofeychev writes in RBTH.

Gone forever: 4 geniuses whom Russia lost to emigration a century ago

A hundred years ago, during the space of just a few years, hundreds of thousands of people fled Russia, torn apart by revolutions and the Civil War of 1917–1923. Most of them never returned and their homeland lost several Nobel Prize winners, genius musicians and talented authors. They, in their turn, spent lives in exile, longing for their Motherland. Oleg Yegorov writes in RBTH.


Cursed Days by Ivan Bunin. Published in 1998, by Ivan R. Dee Publisher, Chicago. Translated with introduction and notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo. 228 pages

I highly recommend reading Cursed Days by Ivan Bunin (1870-1953). This book reflects the authors’ diary of the years 1918–1920 in Moscow and Odessa. It is regarded as one of the very few anti-Bolshevik diaries to be preserved from the time of the Russian Revolution and civil war.

His scathing account of his last days in Russia recreates events with graphic and gripping intimacy. His criticism of Bolshevik leaders is unparalleled, referring to them as “pitiful, dull, mangy-looking creatures”. 

On hearing of the death of the Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Lenin, in January 1924, Bunin gave an emotional speech in Paris, in which he dubbed Lenin a degenerate by birth, who committed the monstrous crime of crashing the world’s most powerful nation and killing several million people

Cursed Days was originally published in 1925–1926 in the Paris-based ‘Vozrozhdenye’ newspaper (its final version was published by Petropolis in 1936). The first English edition was published in 1998. Cursed Days, was banned in the Soviet Union until the late 1980s, it has since been published in 15 editions!

Bunin was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1933). He was revered among White emigres for his anti-Bolshevik views, and regarded him as a true heir to the tradition of realism in Russian literature established by Tolstoy and Chekhov.

Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin died in Paris on 8 November 1953.

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Detail of the monument to Russia’s last Imperial family, shows Emperor Nicholas II carrying his only son and heir down the 23 steps to the basement of the Ipatiev House, where they were all murdered on the night of 16/17 July 1918. The monument is part of the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg.

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Nicholas II’s blood-stained shirt to be displayed in St. Petersburg


This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, and Royal Russia News Administrator © 2018

The State Hermitage Museum will display the shirt worn by Tsesarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich (future Emperor Nicholas II) at the time of an assassination attempt in Japan in 1891, said the museum’s general director Mikhail Piotrovsky.

According to Piotrovsky, the blood-stained shirt of Nicholas II will be exhibited in the Great Church of the Winter Palace later this year.

The assassination attempt occurred on 11 May [O.S. 29 April] 1891, while Nicholas was returning to Kyoto after a day trip to Lake Biwa in Otsu. Tsuda Sanzo, one of his escort policemen swung at the Tsesarevich’s face with a saber. The quick action of Nicholas’s cousin, Prince George of Greece and Denmark, who parried the second blow with his cane, saved his life. Tsuda then attempted to flee, but two rickshaw drivers in Nicholas’s entourage chased him down and pulled him to the ground. Nicholas was left with a 9 centimetre long scar on the right side of his forehead, but his wound was not life-threatening.

The incident sparked a wave of remorse across Japan. Emperor Meiji publicly expressed sorrow at Japan’s lack of hospitality towards a state guest, which led to an outpouring of public support and messages of condolences for the Tsesarevich. The Japanese emperor even traveled by train to Kyoto where he met with the Tsesarevich. The Tsesarevich received gifts, and more than 20 thousand telegrams of condolences and apologies from Japanese citizens.

Tsuda Sandzo was sentenced to life imprisonment, but a few months after the decision was passed, he died in a prison on the island of Hokkaido.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 January, 2018

Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich Exhibition Opens in Perm


This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, and Royal Russia News Administrator © 2018

On 16th February 2018, a unique exhibition on Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich opened in the museum and exhibition center of the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama. The exhibition explores the life of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich and his murder in the Siberian city of Perm on the night of 12/13 June 1918. The exhibition was organized by the staff of the Perm State Archive.

In 1918, many members of the Russian Imperial family were murdered in the Urals: Ekaterinburg, Alapaevsk and Perm. Among them, was Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich (1878-1918), the younger brother of Emperor Nicholas II. Until now, the circumstances of his murder remain a mystery, as well as the location of his remains.

Ongoing research by archivists of the Perm State Archive continue to work on the identification of new documents containing information about the stay of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich in the Urals in 1918 and his murder.

In this exhibtion, archivists present items devoted to the period of Mikhail Alexandrovich’s life in Perm, the circumstances of his murder, the organizers and participants of the murder of the Grand Duke, and the search for his remains.

The exhibition features photos related to the Perm period of the Grand Duke’s life, memories of the organizers and participants in his murder, articles in the newspapers of 1918, photographs from the places where specialists have searched for remains, and more.

All exhibits are from the collection of the Perm State Archive, and include documents from the Perm Gubernia Committee of the RCP, the Perm District Party Committee, the Motovilikhinsky District Committee of the CPSU, the Perm branch of the Society of Old Bolsheviks, the collection of documents on the history of the Perm organizations of the CPSU and the Komsomol, and the collection of photo documents of the archive.

The exhibition runs until 16 March 2018, in the Museum and Exhibition Center, located on the ground floor of the Church of the Reigning Mother of God at the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama. Admission is free.

Click here for more articles and photos of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich in Perm.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 January, 2018

Russian Singer Has Chapel built in Honour of Nicholas II in Klin


This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, and Royal Russia News Administrator © 2018

Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation (2016), rock singer Olga Kormukhina has financed the construction of a chapel in honour of Emperor Nicholas II in Klin.

The Chapel-monument is situated on the M-10 Russia highway near the Tchaikovsky Museum-Reserve.

“Everything that I was looking for coincided here: the ancient city of Klin, the blessings of two elders, the music of Tchaikovsky, who was revered by the Imperial family, and the imperial route from Moscow to St. Petersburg,” said Kormukhina during an interview with the TASS News Agency.

Kormukhina explained that she had been looking for location to build a chapel for 15 years. It was Nikolay Guryanov (1901-2002), a highly respected spiritual figure within the Russian Orthodox Church and reputed myrrh-bearing starets and priest, and later the elder Elijah (Nozdryn), who turned her attention to this location. After visiting Klin, she agreed that it was here that the Tsar’s chapel should be erected. The city of Klin and the history of the Imperial family shared an important connection. “This was the location of the miracle-working icon of the Mother of God Klinskaya, which was especially honoured by the Romanov dynasty, and Peter Tchaikovsky, the favourite composer of Nicholas II and his family,” noted the singer.


Mosaic bearing the image of Nicholas II

The features of the chapel include a mosaic icon bearing the image of Nicholas II, which is located inside, and a bas-relief in the form of a cross.

The chapel has already become a favourite place for both locals and visitors to Klin. People come here to pray, light candles, and in the evening the glow of light coming from within the white chapel, add a special beauty to its gilded dome. The local tourist office noted that it is included in a new tourist route, which runs from the station to the Tchaikovsky House. “It blesses all those traveling along the Moscow-Saint Petersburg highway,” – said Kormukhina.

The consecration of the chapel is scheduled to take place on Forgiveness Sunday, 18th February, with the blessing of Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 February, 2018

Catherine the Great in Russia and Beyond Exhibition Opens in St. Petersburg


A new exhibition Catherine the Great in Russia and Beyond opened today at St. Michael’s (Engineers) Castle Museum in St. Petersburg.

The exhibition offers a perspective on how Russian internal and geopolitical transformations, in which Empress Catherine II played a major part, were reflected in art of the late 18th century.

The second half of the 18th century in the Russian Empire was marked by significant transformations of the social structure, legal system, industry, and culture. Among the major milestones of that period were growth and development of national manufactories, the foundation of the Smolny Institute and Moscow Foundling Home, and the formulation of a new charter of the Academy of Arts.

Battle pieces and allegorical paintings, drawings and engravings reflect the major war events of the epoch: the Russo-Turkish wars of the 1768‒1774 and 1788‒1790, and the Russo-Swedish war of the 1788‒1790. It was in these wars that military leadership talent of such prominent Russian commanders as A. V. Suvorov and P. A. Rumyantsev manifested itself. In 1783, the Crimea peninsula became, as Catherine herself put it, an eternal part of Russia. The artworks of the period also represent some of the Empress’s projects, such as the so-called Greek project, the relationships with the Order of Malta and so on, as well as her travels across the southern governorates. Historical, cultural, and artistic connections between Russia and Western Europe were active and diverse then — among them Catherine’s contacts with the prominent French intellectuals, Diderot and Voltaire.


The exhibition features 30 portraits of the Empress Catherine II

The rich and diverse exhibition provides insight into significant events in the history of Russia by bringing together over 500 works of fine and applied arts: paintings, graphic works, sculpture, glassware and china, costumes, and more. The exhibition also features archival documents.

The exhibition includes portraits of Catherine the Great and her contemporaries by Ivan Argunov, Dmitry Levitsky, Fyodor Rokotov, Stefano Torelli, Johann Baptiste Lampi, Joseph Kreuzinger, Salvatore Tonci, and others. Moreover, visitors will see sculptural portraits by a prominent master of Russian classicism Fyodor Shubin, Italian sculptor Jacopo Monaldi, and so on.

Landscapes by Mikhail Ivanov and Fyodor Alekseev invite one to follow the Empress on her journeys across Russia, especially the Crimea. Mikhail Ivanov is renowned for his battle scenes painted in watercolour and gouache, also present in the exhibition. Furthermore, one will see works by Jacob Philipp Hackert who was commissioned by the Russian court to capture naval battles of Chesma.

The exhibition brings together objects held in the Russian Museum, State Historical Museum, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Tretyakov Gallery, Hermitage, Moscow Kremlin, Pavlovsk and Peterhof Museum Reserves, Suvorov Memorial Museum and many other museums, archives, and private collections.


The exhibition Catherine the Great in Russia and Beyond runs from 15 February to 28 May 2018 at St. Michael’s (Engineers) Castle Museum in St. Petersburg

State Russian Museum. 15 February, 2018

Ekaterinburg diocese launches Telegram channel about Russian Imperial family


This article has been edited and amended from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, and Royal Russia News Administrator © 2018

The Ekaterinburg diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church has launched a Telegram channel devoted to Tsar Nicholas II’s family. The project precedes the centenary anniversary since the Tsarist Family’s brutal murder in the basement floor of a local mansion in July 1918.

Every day, the diocese will publish excerpts from the diaries of the Tsar and Tsarina Alexandra, which they kept during their exile in the West-Siberian city of Tobolsk and in Ekaterinburg.

“Upon the blessing by Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, the царская-семья.рф Telegram channel has come on stream,” a spokesman for the diocese said. “The project is timed for the centenary anniversary of the new regal holy martyrs’ act of martyrdom. The publication of diaries will be synchronized with the events of a hundred years ago.”

“This means, for instance, that today, on 14 February 2018, we’re publishing the entries [the Tsar and the Tsarina] made on 14 February 1918,” he said.

“The contents of the project don’t envision any evaluative judgments on the part of historians or writers living nowadays,” the spokesman said. “This is people’s direct discourse, diaries and letters.”

“By way of counterbalancing distorted information that spreads in society sometimes, we bring to spotlight the real individuals, their thoughts, hopes, aspirations, and love,” he said.

Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne on 15 March 1917. Soon after that, he himself, Tsarina Alexandra and their five children were interned. The provisional government that came to power in the wake of the revolutionary events of February and March 1917 sent them off to Tobolsk in August of the same year.

The Bolsheviks came to power as a result of a new revolution in November 1917. The new authorities ordered the transfer of the Imperial Family to Ekaterinburg in the Urals at the end of April 1918.

The climax of the tragedy came on the night 16/17 July 1918, in the basement floor of a mansion that formerly belonged to mining engineer Nikolai Ipatyev. On orders from Moscow – supposedly from Jacob Sverdlov, one of the top officials on the Bolshevik government – a team of members of the Ekaterinburg committee of workers deputies executed the entire family by shooting.

Executed together with them were their closest assistants – family doctor Eugene Botkin, the Tsar’s footman Alexei [Aloiz] Trupp, the Tsarina’s lady-in-waiting Anna Demidov, and chef Ivan Kharitonov.

The further plight of their bodies still gives rise to some questions. Historians and criminology experts proceeding from the findings done by the investigator Nikolai Sokolov, who worked for the anti-Bolshevik forces under the command of Admiral Kolchak from 1919 through 1921, say the bodies were destroyed by burning with the aid of the rectified oil of vitriol and no remains were left.

However, a crew of amateur detectives found the remains of several people near an old local road in 1979. Suggestions that these were the remains of members of the Czarist Family surfaced in the professional milieu. In 1989, the information was made public.

Excavations at the site were done in the early 1990’s and the investigators found more human bones. Sophisticated testing done in several countries proved these were the remains of bodies of Nicholas II’s family with the highest degree of probability.

Entombment of the remains took place in 1998 at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul in St Petersburg but the Russian Orthodox Church did not take part in the ceremonies because it still questions the identity of the bones.

Supplementary excavation at the site near Ekaterinburg followed in 2007. It resulted in more material finds, the forensic scrutiny of which continues to this day.

On 20th August 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) canonized Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Tsesarevich Alexis, and the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia as new holy martyrs for faith.

Note: On 1st November 1981, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) canonized the Russian Imperial family as new martyrs

© TASS News Agency / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 February 2018


Ekaterinburg Exhibition Presents Works by Philip Moskvitin


This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, and Royal Russia News Administrator © 2018

On 11th February, the exhibition Celestial Russia, which showcases the paintings by the famous Moscow artist Philip Moskvitin opened in the multi-media museum Russia. My History in Ekaterinburg. The exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the memory of Russia’s last imperial family.

Attending the opening of the exhibition were Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, Metropolitan Joseph of Kurgan and Belozersky, Bishop Innigent of Nizhny Tagil and Serov, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region Tatyana Georgievna Merzlyakova, artists Alexander Remezov and Alexei Efremov.

The exhibition features portraits of great historical figures of Russia: Emperor Nicholas II, Emperor Alexander III, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, Patriarch Tikhon, St. Innocent (Veniaminov), St. Nicholas of Japan (Kasatkin), General Yudenich, Baron Wrangel, Admiral Kolchak, and the Holy Royal Martyr Family of Nicholas II.

Opening the event, Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye and Galina Yurievna Golovina, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region, addressed the audience:


Russian artist Philip Moskvitin. Photo © Ekaterinburg Diocese

“During the World Russian People’s Cathedral, I held several reproductions of these paintings in my hands, and I really wanted to get acquainted with the artist”, – said Bishop Kirill to the audience – “Suddenly the artist introduced himself, and we met with Philip Moskvitin. And I am very glad that he brought some of his work to Ekaterinburg, and that we now have the opportunity to be comforted and strengthened by the spirit emanating from these images, which the artist through his vision, and talent gives us today. This is a great gift for the feast of the saints of the Ekaterinburg region and the year of the centenary of the martyrdom of the Holy Royal Martyr Family in our city. I wish that each of us will be imbued with what the author wanted to convey through his works and that we see not only the sorrow which is in the eyes of Patriarch Tikhon, but also the strength of the spirit inherent in the Russian person and that, among other things, and from these canvases.”

Philip Alexandrovich Moskvitin was born in the Siberian city of Irkutsk in 1974. He graduated from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, as well as postgraduate studies under the guidance of Professor Ilya Sergeevich Glazunov. Philip Moskvitin is a member of the Moscow Union of Artists (2003), the Union of Artists of Russia (2007), the Creative Union of Artists of Russia (1999), the Commission on Religious Art of the Moscow Branch of the Union of Artists of Russia, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Russian Literature (2012). Philip Moskvitin belongs to the rare modern masters of the pictorial tradition of spiritual realism, inheriting the vision and talent of such famous artists as M. Nesterov and V. Vasnetsov.

The exhibition Celestial Russia will be open from 11 February to 11 March from 11:00 to 20:00, in the multi-media museum Russia. My History in Ekaterinburg.

Click here to view 48 photographs from the exhibition opening in Ekaterinburg on 11th February 2018. Click here to visit Philip Moskvitin’s web page.


The Holy Royal Martyr Family by Philip Moskvitin. Photo © Ekaterinburg Diocese

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 11 February 2018

This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


PHOTO: Moscow metro showcases Imperial train to mark the 100th anniversary of the murder of Nicholas II and his family

The outside carriages are decorated with images of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. Inside, commuters can read various historical references to relevant topics during the life and reign of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

The train will operate along the Zamoskvoretskaya (No. 2 Green) line of the Moscow metro, which includes 23 stations, and spans 42 kilometres (26 mi).

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The Trinity Monastery in Tyumen: A testament to faith in Siberia + 9 Photos

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about the culture, conflict, and incredible craftsmanship which have shaped this architectural gem that has survived the ravages of time.

Where’s Russia’s imperial gold? A century of tireless searching

The fate of the Russian Empire’s gold reserves, the world’s largest in the early 20th, still intrigues many people. For the best part of 100 years hopeful gold hunters have been trying to find the missing 200 million gold rubles (four billion USD in today’s money) – but does it actually exist? Alexey Timofeychev reports in RBTH.

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PHOTO: Portraits and busts of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, currently on display at the Hessian Princesses in Russian History exhibition in the Museum of the Icon in Frankfurt, Germany – to 26 February 2018

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