This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


March 15th marked the 101st anniversary of the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II, bringing an end to more than 300 years of the Romanov dynasty and the monarchy in Russia.

Russia paid a heavy price. Upon seizing control in October 1917, Vladimir Lenin and his gang of Bolshevik thugs, unleashed the first Red Terror, which resulted in years of civil war, starvation, persecution and murder of millions of his own people.

It is debatable whether Nicholas II’s enforced abdication was actually legal, and whether he had the right to abdicate on behalf of his son. Some historians argue that as Nicholas II had already abdicated he was therefore merely a subject of his son, and only his brother Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich as Regent had the right to change the succession. Many historians contend that Nicholas remained the Tsar, at least in theory, until his death.The debate continues to this day.

Прости нас, наш государь! / Forgive us our sovereign!

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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 138,000 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 17 March 2018:

ARTICLES – click on the red headline text below to read the respective articles

Yaroslavl’s Radiant Frescoes: the St. John Church at Korovniki + 10 Colour Photos

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about the more than 500 religious scenes depicted on the walls of this architectural masterpiece.

Russian Revolution: The tutor who witnessed the downfall of the Romanovs

Charles Sydney Gibbes’ story is to be shown on BBC One’s Inside Out on Monday, 12 March at 19:30

An intimate view of the doomed Russian royal family has been captured in a rarely seen collection of photographs. The images were brought back to England by Charles Sydney Gibbes – tutor to the children of Tsar Nicholas II – whose unique access to the Romanovs helped him to picture them in unguarded and informal poses.

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Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich out for a drive in his Columbia Victoria Phaeton, Alexandria Park, Peterhof, 1902

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