This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia

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Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960) with her brother Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich (1878-1918) at Gatchina

The siblings were very close. Olga’s nickname for Mikhail was “Floppy”, and Mikhail’s nickname for Olga was “Baby”.

Mikhail was murdered by the Bolsheviks, near the Siberian city of Perm, on the night of 12/13 June 1918 – he was 39 years old. His sister Olga died in exile, on 24 November 1960, in Toronto, Canada – she was 78 years old.

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This Week in the News includes a link and brief summary to full-length articles published in the past week from English language media and internet sources.

This initiative is a courtesy to those who do not have a Facebook account, or for some reason cannot view the Royal Russia Facebook page – now, with more than 136,000 followers from around the world!

Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following full-length articles, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the week ending 24 February 2018:


ARTICLES – click on the headlines below to read the respective articles

9 Moscow buildings resurrected from ruin

We can now see the Moscow English Club the way poet Alexander Pushkin knew it, and witness the Gagarin Mansion just how Leo Tolstoy described it in his novel, War and Peace. Restoration of these buildings was made possible thanks to historical and architectural research, and has brought back the original colors and facades. Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH.

The Church of St. John Korovniki in Yaroslavl: Masterwork of Dramatic Arts

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about this medieval masterpiece, named for its pastoral location.

How a paralyzed artist created iconic images of 19th century Russian life

Today marks the 140th birthday of the famous Russian artist Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927), let’s look at his most interesting paintings – including a wonderful portrait of Emperor Nicholas II (1915) – see article. Alexandra Guzeva writes in RBTH.

Surprised by Russia: 5 things that bewildered Napoleon in 1812

Having established control over almost all of Europe, Napoleon felt the Russian Empire threatened his plans for domination, and so he set about trying to put the country on its knees. In 1812, the French dictator invaded Russia, which in the end proved to be his fatal mistake. Russia turned out to be far too unpredictable even for the French military and political genius. Alexey Timofeychev writes in RBTH.

Royal diseases: 4 Russian rulers and heirs leveled by sickness

Even leaders and would-be leaders of the world’s biggest country get sick, sometimes fatally. Here are four such stories. Oleg Yegorov writes in RBTH.

Russia paid hundreds of millions of Tsarist-era debts but it’s not enough. Why?

A century ago the Soviet government refused to pay Tsarist-era debts as well as money owed by the Provisional Government, which ran the country for a short time after the Tsar abdicated. Many years later, post-Soviet Russia settled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the debts, but still many people are frustrated and demand the repayment of fortunes. Will Moscow pay? Alexey Timofeychev writes in RBTH.

Who are the two bronze guys on Red Square standing for Russian freedom?

You probably never heard of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky, the men immortalized in bronze on Moscow’s main square. The merchant and the prince played a crucial role in the nation’s history, saving the country from foreign conquest. Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH.

Svetlana Kopylova sings ‘Tsarevich’s Eyes’ + VIDEO (duration 3 minutes)

The famous Russian singer performs a haunting memorial to Alexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918). The video was filmed at the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs, Ganina Yama, and includes a combination of vintage photographs and newsreels, with contemporary scenes.

Why is the double-headed eagle Russia’s national symbol?

The imperial bird with two heads simultaneously facing East and West has been Russia’s official coat of arms for centuries, with only a break during the Soviet era. The emblem, however, is far older than the country, with roots dating to ancient civilizations. Oleg Yegorov writes in RBTH.

Catherine the Great’s major renovation project for Kremlin celebrated on medal

A rare medal of Catherine II (the Great) was issued to celebrate a planned reconstruction of the Kremlin in Moscow. This gold version is apparently a 19th century restrike.

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Petrovskiye (St. Peter’s) Gate at the Peter and Paul Fortress

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