Ekaterinburg Diocese confirms visit of Patriarch Kirill to the Ural capital


The press service of the Ekaterinburg Diocese have confirmed that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will arrive in the Ural capital on 13th July, to participate in commemorative events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. The press service added that the head of the ROC will bring to the city the relics of the Holy New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna from the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow.

The reliquary will be solemnly met at 17:00 in the Church on the Blood, followed by an all-night vigil. 

Then, as expected, Patriarch Kirill will take part in the main events of the Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg on 16th and 17th July. On 16th July he will attend the Divine Liturgy in the side-chapel of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers of the Church on the Blood. On the same day at 13:00, he will participate in a procession along the Ekaterinburg Path of Sorrows (which marks the route of the Royal Passion-Bearers in Ekaterinburg) – from Shartash Station to the Church on the Blood. At 15:00 he will participate in a small vespers with an akathist to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers. At 16:30 an all-night vigil will begin in the courtyard in front of the Church on the Blood, in which His Holiness will attend. 

At 23:30 Patriarch Kirill will lead the main service of the Tsar’s Days – the night Divine Liturgy on the site near the Church on the Blood. The Divine Liturgy will end in the early hours of 17th July, after which, at 02:30 the 21 km royal procession from the Church on the Blood to the Monastery of the Royal Passion-Bearers at Ganina Yama will commence. Upon the arrival of the procession at Ganima Yama, a prayer will be offered to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers.

The Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna took a martyr’s death along with the nun Varvara and representatives of the House of Romanov in Alapaevsk on 18th July, 1918. In this regard, according to the program of the Imperial Days on 18th July, at 02:00,  a Divine Liturgy will be performed at the Holy Trinity Bishop’s Compound in Alapaevsk and at 04:00 – a moleben at the mine, where they were murdered. Whether the patriarch will take part in these events are yet to be confirmed. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 June 2018

Nicholas II. Portraits & Monuments – COMING SOON!


Available from the Royal Russia Bookshop late July 2018 

The publication of Nicholas II. Portraits & Monuments in late July 2018, will mark both the 150th anniversary of the birth, and the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

This special commemorative book is a memorial to Nicholas II, one which spans a century, through portraits and monuments, created both during his reign, and a century later in post-Soviet Russia. The introduction, text and captions have been researched from Russian sources by Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert. Richly illustrated with 170 black and white photographs, this title will become a welcome addition to the library of any one who has an interest in Nicholas II.

It features portraits painted during the late 19th and early 20th century, complemented with exceptional works by contemporary Russian artists. During his 22-year reign (1894-1917), Nicholas II was commemorated in a number of superb portraits, many of which have survived to this day, and are now on display in some of Russia’s finest museums and former Imperial residences. Several of them have an interesting history.

While few monuments to Nicholas II were established in the Russian Empire during his reign, dozens of monuments, busts, and memorial plaques have been established in post-Soviet Russia. From Tsarskoye Selo to Vladivostock, Russia’s last emperor and tsar has been immortalized in marble, granite, and bronze. Each one is documented in this book, each with descriptive details. Further, monuments have also been established outside Russia: Serbia, Bosnia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Thailand, even Australia!

The monuments themselves are testament to the changing attitude among Russian society towards the life and reign of Nicholas II.

Large soft cover format, full colour covers, 170 pages, 200 black and white photos.

Available from the Royal Russia Bookshop late July 2018 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 June 2018

16 Portraits stolen during WWII returned to Gatchina Palace


On 20th June, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev and Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky handed over 16 previously stolen paintings to the Gatchina Palace State Museum-Reserve.

“The return of the paintings is the result of work carried out jointly with a number of ministries and departments to locate museum funds stolen during the Great Patriotic War (1941-45) from the Gatchina Palace Museum,” the press service of the Security Council of Russia noted.

The paintings had not been evacuated at the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, and these works were considered lost to this day. This is the largest such find of paintings since 1945. To date, only one of the 52 portraits that previously adorned the palace’s portrait gallery, remained in the museum’s collection.

Patrushev at the ceremony of transferring stolen paintings stressed that the Security Council will continue to orient the law enforcement agencies to continue the search for stolen and missing paintings and other art objects belonging to Russian museums. 

Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky called the return of the paintings “a truly historic event.” He noted that before the Great Patriotic War, Gatchina Palace Museum possessed the largest collection of portraits in the world, and now it is gradually being restored. According to the minister, the find, handed over to the museum, became a great gift for the 100th anniversary of the suburban St. Petersburg museums, which is celebrated in 2018.


History of the collection

The portrait gallery in the Gatchina Palace was created in the Arsenal Wing in the mid 19th century. The collection began during the reign of Emperor Nicholas I (1825-55), and supplemented with additional works by his successors. The collection of portraits grew, and included representatives of the Romanov dynasty (including portraits of Empresses Elizabeth Petrovna, Catherine II, Grand Dukes Pavel Petrovich and Nikolai Pavlovich), prominent Russian statesmen, portraits of foreign political and military figures, as well as representatives of European royalty (including a rare portrait of Archduke Ferdinand).

Before the Great Patriotic War, the museum’s funds numbered more than 54 thousand exhibits. After the war, 16 thousand items from the Gatchina Palace Museum had been preserved. The palace was restored only in 1976. After the museum opened in May 1985, only 8 thousand exhibits had been returned to the palace.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 June 2018


London, Moscow, Baden-Baden … In pursuit of Fabergé eggs


This article by Konstantin Manenkov was originally published in French in Le Courier de Russie, the English translation by Paul Gilbert

This is an unprecedented affair: billionaire Alexander Ivanov accuses the UK of stealing and damaging rare pieces from his Fabergé egg collection. British customs confiscated them from the oligarch in 2013, during a tax evasion investigation. Today the collector demands from London two billion dollars in damages.

February 2013. The 50-year-old billionaire Alexander Ivanov returns to Moscow after an auction held in London, where he acquired jewelry in the amount of £ 1.2 million (approximately EUR 1.36 million). He passes through customs at London Heathrow Airport without encountering difficulties, although the agents pay particular attention to the over-sized works of art carried by the collector. Shortly before takeoff, the Border Police arrested Sergei Avtonochkin, director of the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden (property of Mr Ivanov in Germany) who, on that day, traveled with the billionaire. Avtonochkin was charged with breach of UK taxation. At the same time, Border Police seized some of the items bought by the two men. The value of confiscated coins is estimated at more than £ 600,000 (€ 680,000). Mr. Ivanov eventually gets permission to board his plane but his purchases remain in the UK.



December 2014: the billionaire learns that British investigators have searched his museum.

Back in Russia, for many months and despite the efforts of his lawyers, the collector gets no clear answer from the British authorities about the fate of his collection. Worse: at the end of December 2014, the billionaire learns that British investigators, with an international mandate, have searched his Fabergé Museum. Mr Ivanov then discovers that legal proceedings have been opened against him in London. The UK tax office accuses him of not paying VAT for rare items he has acquired in several auctions, including that of February 2013.

British law does not subject works of art to VAT when, immediately after their acquisition, they leave the territory of the European Union. This is not the case of the collection of Mr Ivanov, whose pieces were transported from London to Baden-Baden and therefore remained in the European Union. In addition, English investigators have doubts about the exact location of some of the most valuable pieces of the collectors. They pose the question for the famous egg Rothschild Fabergé gold …

A gift questioned

The translucent pink egg, made in 1902 for the Rothschild family, is one of the most beautiful pieces produced by Peter-Karl Fabergé. It is decorated with a clock and encloses an automaton – a double feature that can be found only in two other pieces from the workshops of the famous jeweler, supplier of the Russian imperial court.



The cock encrusted with diamonds sheltered in the egg is animated to mark the passage of the hours, rising by flapping wings, stirring the head and opening its beak to sing.

Alexander Ivanov bought it in November 2007, for £ 9 million (€ 10.2 million, a record at the time), at an auction at Christie’s.

The egg was first offered to President Vladimir Putin, who then donates it to the Hermitage.

Seven years later, in December 2014, shortly before his museum in Baden-Baden was searched, Ivanov offered the precious object to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, for the celebration of its 250th anniversary. The delivery of the gift does not lack solemnity since the egg is, at first, offered to President Vladimir Putin, who then donated it to the Hermitage.

“When I bought it [the Fabergé egg, ed ], I knew it would end up in Russia,” Ivanov said in an interview with Moskovski Komsomolets .

The British detectives, however, suspect Mr Ivanov of silencing an important detail: he would obviously have brought the Rothschild egg to Russia only in 2014; previously it had to be in the Baden-Baden museum. In other words, he had not left the European Union. As a result, by not paying VAT, the collector broke UK law. Alexander Ivanov disputes this version of the facts and assures that, during all this time, the precious object was in Moscow, in one of the old Fabergé shops.



Two pieces from the Ivanov collection, which became the property of the United Kingdom, were sold at auction …

By the end of 2017, no evidence of Mr Ivanov’s guilt being established by the UK authorities, the collection confiscated in February 2013 by customs officers at Heathrow Airport is finally returned to its owner. But the case is not over yet: to begin with, according to Mr. Ivanov, several coins seized are damaged: including the pommel – rock crystal – cane that belonged to Peter-Karl Fabergé, found broken, and impossible to restore according to him. Worse still, pieces simply have disappeared. Among them: a bronze bust of Tsar Nicholas II and a photo album that belonged to the jeweler Pavel Ovtchinnikov – supplier of Tsar Alexander III -, a rare object whose binding is silver. The collector then asks for explanations: it is said that these two objects, become the property of the United Kingdom, were auctioned …

The Dante operation

Furious, the Russian billionaire decides to file a complaint against the customs services and the British Ministry of the Interior. 

“Some people tried to dissuade me by saying that I had virtually no chance of winning. I think it’s worth it, “says Ivanov. The collector claims in London two billion dollars in damages. 

According to him, the real objective of the English authorities was to seize all the pieces of his museum. To achieve this, an operation called “Dante” would have been set up with the help of British intelligence services: “She was supervised by an agent who worked under cover at the Consulate General of the United Kingdom in Frankfurt,” says the collector.



From computer vendor to Fabergé egg collector

Alexander Ivanov, a law graduate, was enriched in the mid-1980s, at the time of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika . In the USSR computers were imported and mineral (chemical) fertilizers were exported. In 1988, his profits already amounted to six million dollars, says the billionaire willingly. “Mr. Ivanov was the biggest seller of computers for state services, including the government departments  ,” said political scientist Lev Pavlioutchkov.

Alexander Ivanov estimates the value of his collection at 2 billion dollars.

In the early 1990s, Ivanov left this lucrative business sector to start buying and selling antiques. He began in the plastic arts, but quickly specialized in the items of the house of the jeweler Fabergé, which gradually become his main assets. Alexander Ivanov is not the only billionaire collecting the objects of the most famous Russian company. The oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of the Renova group’s board of directors, bought in 2004 nearly 200 Fabergé objects from Malcolm Forbes’ heirs for an amount ranging from 150 to 250 million dollars. Today, Viktor Vekselberg’s collection has nearly 700 pieces worth a total of $ 350 million. Obviously, Mr. Ivanov estimates that the value of his own collection is more important ($ 2 billion). His antique colleagues are however dubious: for them, the purchase and sale of antiques can reap profits to buy Fabergé eggs for tens of millions of dollars …



An unprecedented case

The Russian art critic Dmitry Butkevich doubts that Mr. Ivanov will succeed in obtaining damages: “I do not know any precedent,” he says. Konstantin Babouline, director of the Art Investment portal, also prefers not to make any predictions about the outcome of the case: “This is the first time I am confronted with a confiscation of works of art on the British border. Russian collectors encounter much more often difficulties at the Russian customs. “

Alexander Ivanov, for his part, is considering the possibility that the British justice system will not consider his complaint because of the excessive amount he claims for compensation for his losses. But the Russian collector does not intend to give up: his lawyers are preparing to pursue the United Kingdom in other countries, including Germany. 

© Konstantin Manenkov / Paul Gilbert (English translation). 20 June 2018

Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg Opens Imperial Room


On 20th June 2018, representatives of the media were granted a first look at the Imperial Room, in the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg. The altar of the Imperial Room is situated in the lower church sanctified in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs. It was established on the site of the room located in the basement of the Ipatiev House, where Emperor Nicholas II, his family, and four retainers were all brutally murdered on the night of 16/17 July 1918. The decoration of the room received the blessing of the Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill to mark the centenary of this tragic event.



The new design, the reconstruction of the altar, along with additional work in the Imperial Room, was carried out during the past year,the senior priest of the Church on Blood Achpriest Maxim Minailyo told journalists.

Father Maxim noted that the decoration of the Imperial Room was conducted by masters from Moscow and Belarus. Above the paintings worked talented Moscow icon painters led by Alexei Vronsky, and the mosaic was done by specialists of the mosaic workshop at the Holy Elizabethan Monastery of Minsk under the guidance of the icon painter Dmitry Kuntsevich. The work was supervised by nuns of the Novo-Tikhvin Convent in Ekaterinburg, known for their skill in restoring and decorating Orthodox churches.


Representatives of the media saw a unique mosaic panel which occupies the central part of the altar depicting the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers and their faithful retainers who suffered with them: Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsesarevich Alexei, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatyana, Maria, Anastasia, Saint Yevgeny Botkin, Alexey Trupp, Ivan Kharitonov and Anna Demidova.


As the priest said, the mosaic reflects the position of the Royal Passion-Bearers at the time of their martyrdom. They stood with their backs to the east, facing west, as it is now depicted in the altar.

Above them rises the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, which is the heavenly patroness of the House of Romanov.

On the western vault depicts the Sovereign Icon of the Mother of God, which was revealed on the very day when the Emperor was forced to abdicate the throne, and the saints glorified during the reign of Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich: St. Theodosius of Chernigov, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Princess Anna Kashinskaya, St. Joasaph Belgorod, St. Hermogen of Moscow, St. Pitirim of Tambov, and St. John of Tobolsk.


The creation of the paintings and mosaics took almost a year to complete. The creation of mosaic works was a particularly complex project, as the iconography of all the members of the Imperial Family and their faithful retainers had to be intricately created.

The walls and the floor around the altar are lined with red onyx, which is very symbolic, because the red color on one side symbolizes the martyrs blood shed by the Imperial family, and on the other hand, red is the color of the royal scarlet, porphyry, regal color. This color depicts very well the feat of the Royal Passion-bearers, who in both imperial majesty and in humiliation showed rare piety and great spiritual heights.

On the right side of the throne in a special reliquary containing fragments of the Ipatiev House: a brick and a balustrade.

At the end of the media presentation, the senior priest of the church thanked the journalists for the meeting, noting the great importance of this holy place in the church.

– We must understand that this is the main sacred place of our city. And this room is the holy of holies in this church,”  the father pointed out . – This place today inspires us to move on and create such unique architectural and religious monuments to which our children, visitors, pilgrims will be drawn, because creating such a diverse national architecture, we lay the foundation for future generations to be proud of our country, including our cultural, religious and architectural heritage.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 June 2018

This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


Another stunning aerial view of Tsarskoye Selo

In the foreground is the White Tower, built between 1821-1827, by the Scottish architect Adam Menelaws for Emperor Nicholas I’s children. Restoration began in the 1990s and was completed two decades later, in October 2012.

The Alexander Palace is situated to the upper left of the White Tower, and is scheduled to reopen next month. The Catherine Palace is situated above that of the AP.

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Royally betrayed! George V told his cousin, the Russian tsar, he was his devoted friend — but abandoned him and his family to be murdered by the Bolsheviks

A review of Frances Welch’s forthcoming book Imperial Tea Party: Family, Politics and Betrayal: the Ill-Fated British and Russian Royal Alliance, to be published June 2018.

NOTE: Author Frances Welch is one of 5 speakers at the Nicholas II Conference to be held at St John’s Orthodox Church, Colchester, England, on Saturday, 27th October, 2018.

Haunting last picture before execution of the boy born to be Russia’s tsar

These photos are part of the new Museum of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II, which opened in Tobolsk last month

Two rare Fabergé flower ornaments sell for £340,000 at auction in UK

The flowers were hammered down at a total of £340,000 (plus buyer’s premium of 20%) this evening (June 11). The white flower ornament sold for £180,000 and the red berry version fetched £160,000 and both were sold to the same private buyer on the phone.

Watch auctioneer Charles Hanson selling his “most significant find ever” + VIDEO

Two rare Fabergé flowers brought to a routine valuation event wrapped in an old tea towel were sold in a sale conducted by auctioneer Charles Hanson this week.

Exhibition: Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at Hillwood will unveil new discoveries relating to its own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works.

18 Russian Empire posters that will force you to buy an airplane (or powder)

Advertising posters in the Russian Empire were real art masterpieces depicting picturesque historical battles or episodes out of Slavic mythology.

Tsar’s Gifts presented to Hermitage centre in Kazan

Authentic autograph of Nicholas II, Faberge Clock and gifts of the last Crimean khan

Another article about the search for the remains of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich and his secretary Nicholas Johnson + 16 PHOTOS!

An American-Russian team is digging at sites in Perm region hoping to find the remains of Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov and his secretary Nicholas Johnson, slain by the Bolsheviks on the night of 12-13 June 1918.

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Interior of the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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Brasovo Residence of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich to be Reconstructed



Views of Brasovo the former manor house of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich

An announcement was made on 10th June, of plans to reconstruct Brasovo, the former manor house of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, situated in Lokot, Bryansk Oblast region of the Russian Federation.

The dream of reconstructing the grand ducal residence was expressed by Metropolitan Alexander, who was present at the celebration marking Russia Day (12th June). Local philanthropist Oleg Panin said that this idea is currently being discussed with local authorities. The Bryansk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society is currently analyzing historic documents, which will help reconstruct the manor house. The Society has approached the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts and the Russian State Historical Archive for their assistance in recreating the manor house to its historic original, and providing an opportunity to study the documents of the Ministry of the Imperial Court of this period.

The wooden palace in which Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich lived, was immediately plundered after the 1917 Revolution. The building was subsequently destroyed by fire after the Nazis retreated during the Great Patriotic War (1941-45). Several buildings on the estate have been preserved to this day, including the tea house among others. 

High quality photographs of the manor house have been preserved to this day. These will help architects and restorers in their work of reconstructing the building. As the director of the museum of local lore Semyon Bobkov told Bryansk News, that several elements of the manor house have survived, including the old cellars, and a large fountain. 


A plaque mounted on a granite stone mark the place where the manor house once stood



Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich and his morganatic wife Countess Natalya Brasova

Situated seventy miles from Orel, the estate of Brasovo had originally belonged to Grand Duke George Alexandrovich (1871-1899), son of the Emperor Alexander III. He had purchased it in 1882 for 4.3 million roubles. The estate covered an area of 430 square miles. The estate passed to his brother Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich (1878-1918) upon George’s death in 1899. Mikhail made a number of improvements to the estate, which included a water pipeline, a large park with ponds and alleys, several multi-storey stone buildings, as well as food and woodworking industries.

It was here that Mikhail came to live with his wife, Countess Natalya Brasova, née Natalia Sergeyevna Sheremetyevskaya (1880-1952) in 1911, after Emperor Nicholas II conceded that she could stay there. Thanks to her artistic taste, she succeeded in making an elegant dwelling as well as a comfortable home, thereby creating for Mikhail a place where he found comfort, peace and happiness.

The comforts of this country house are emphasized in these beautiful watercolours by Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky (1873-1944) in 1916: 


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 June 2018


Divine Liturgy for Two Loyal Servants of Nicholas II Performed in Ekaterinburg


Back row: General Ilya Tatishchev, Pierre Gilliard, and Prince V.A. Dolgorukov
Front row: Ekaterina Schneider and Countess A.V. Hendrikova

Sunday 10th June, marked the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of two faithful servants to Emperor Nicholas II – General Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev and Prince Vasili Alexandrovich Dolgorukov. 

A Divine Liturgy was performed on 10th June 2018, in the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, situated in the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg. 

General Tatishchev and Prince Dolgorukov, faithfully and selflessly served Emperor Nicholas II, for many years. With Christian courage and nobility, they remained faithful to the sovereign, voluntarily followed the Emperor and his family to Tobolsk, and then to Ekaterinburg. 

It was on 10th June 1918, that they together took a martyr’s death at the hands of the Bolsheviks and were buried in the cemetery of the Novo-Tikhvin Convent.


General Ilya Tatishchev (left) and Prince V.A. Dolgorukov (right)

Ilya Leonidovich Tatishchev (1859 – 1918) –  Adjutant-General of Emperor Nicholas II. The son of General Leonid Aleksandrovich Tatishchev (1827-1881) and Catherine Ilinishna (1835-1915), Ilya Tatishchev is one of the descendants of the founder of Ekaterinburg. He graduated from the Corps des Pages in St Petersburg, and later entered the service of the His Majesty’s Life Guard Hussar Regiment. He later served as adjutant to the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909). On 6th December 1895, he was promoted to colonel. From 1905 he served as Major-General of the Retinue of His Imperial Majesty. In 1910 he was promoted to Adjutant General. He was a member of the Holy Prince Vladimir Brotherhood. He faithfully followed Emperor Nicholas II and his family into exile. He was murdered by the Bolsheviks on 10th June 1918. Ilya Tatishchev is buried in the cemetery of the Novo Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg. 

Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Dolgorukov ( 1868 – 1918) – Major-General, marshal of the Ministry of the Imperial Court and lands. The son of Prince Alexander Vasilyevich Dolgorukov (1839-1876) and Princess Mary Sergeyevna (1846-1936). He graduated from the Corps des Pages in St Petersburg, and then entered the service of the Life-Guards Horse-Grenadier Regiment. In 1907, he was promoted adjutant to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Nicholas II. From 1912-1914, he served as Regimental Commander of the Life-Guards Horse-Grenadier Regiment. During the First World War, he served at General Headquaters in Mogilev. Dolgorukov faithfully and selflessly served Emperor Nicholas II for 22 years. In March 1917, he voluntarily stayed with the Emperor during his house arrest in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. In August 1917, he then followed the Emperor and his family into exile to Tobolsk. 

After his arrival in Ekaterinburg on 30th April 1918, Prince Dolgorukov was arrested “in order to protect public safety.” He was placed in the political department of the Ekaterinburg prison. The Chekists tried to accuse him of planning the escape of the Imperial family. Historians call these accusations groundless. On 10th June 1918, he was shot in the forest near Ekaterinburg. His body was later discovered by a unit of the White Army, and buried in the autumn of 1918 in the cemetery of the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg.

Tatishchev and Dolgorukov were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in October 1981. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 June 2018

Monument to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers Established in Godenovo


PHOTO © Екатеринбургская Епархия

On 11th June 2018, a new monument of the Royal Passion-Bearer – Tsar Nicholas II and his August family, was established and consecrated in the courtyard of the Pereslavlskiy Nikolskiy Convent in the village of Godenovo – situated 140 km NE of Moscow.

The initiative to install monuments to Tsar Nicholas II in Russian cities and towns was made by the participants of the Forum for the Preservation of the Heritage of Emperor Nicholas II, which was held on 18th May in Ekaterinburg. Experts and forum participants supported the initiative, put forward by member of the Regional Public Chamber, chairman of the Ural branch of the Union of Russian Paratroopers Yevgeny Teterin. The initiative received the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye. 


PHOTO © Екатеринбургская Епархия

The Monument to the Royal Passion-Bearers in the village of Godenovo, was established on the initiative of Abbess of Eustolia  (Afonina) of the Pereslavlskiy Nikolskiy Convent, with the blessing of Bishop of Pereslavl and Uglich Theodore.

The monument represents a picture of Russian history in which the August family led by Nicholas II – the last Emperor and Tsar of the Russian Empire – ascended on a pedestal under a precious crown that embraced Russia, and his children, whose faces are designed to embody the best ideals of the Motherland during their times.

The Tsar’s Alley – situated behind the monument – of the Pereslavlskiy Nikolskiy Convent, was decorated with 26 banners depicting photographs and biographies of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers. 


PHOTO © Екатеринбургская Епархия

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 11 June 2018

This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


За Веру, Царя и Отечество / For Faith, Tsar and Fatherland

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Avarice and Alienation: The Jewels of the Romanoffs + 14 PHOTOS!

David Hughes writes about the Russian crown jewels during the first five years following the removal of the Romanoffs, 1917 to 1922. David Hughes writes in Pala International.

Private Rasputin: #Romanovs100 reveals archive images from royal family album + VIDEO & PHOTOS

One of the most controversial figures in Russian history features in RT’s archive project about the Romanov family. #Romanovs100 shares rare images of Grigory Rasputin. Saint or charlatan – the world still has no answer.

The wooden tower church of Torzhok: Will it be saved? + 12 photos

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about a stunning architectural achievement, which remains in disrepair.

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Late May to early June is the best time to enjoy the lilacs in Russia. My numerous Spring visits over the years have allowed me to appreciate these beautiful, scented blooms in a variety of colours, from Tsarskoye Selo to Ekaterinburg.

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