This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia

What is the truth about the last Romanovs? VIDEO in ENGLISH

Why, for more than a hundred years, have there been methodical efforts to distort the facts of their life, while the Orthodox Church has glorified them as saints?

The Monastery of St John the Forerunner in Mesa Potamos, Cyprus, having made use of the primary sources, presents for the first time the biography of the Royal Martyrs through an Orthodox prism bringing to light what silence could not conceal.

The brotherhood of the Holy Monastery of St John the Forerunner in Mesa Potamos wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Helen Azar, Helen Rappaport, Nick Nicholson, Olga Shirnina, Bob Atchison, Rob Moshein, Nicholas and Nina Chapman, Matthew Namee, Tatiana Zakharova, Father Ignatius Green, George Hawkins, Michael Perekrestov, Paul Gilbert, Maria Papaeftsathiou, Dr Mike Coble, as well as to all our friends and collaborators, without the contribution of whom it would not have been possible to complete the present project.

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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 144,000 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 23 June 2018:


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

The Last Days of the Romanovs | National Geographic in Russia VIDEO in ENGLISH

This short 2 minute video explores the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, including the new Imperial Room in the Lower Church, as well as Ganina Yama. The woman being interviewed is Mrs Olga Kulikovsky, the widow of Tikhon Kulikovsky (1917-1993), eldest son of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960)

Unique film footage of Nicholas II and his family in Livadia VIDEO

I am delighted to share this short (5 minutes, 24 seconds) video featuring historic film footage of Emperor Nicholas II and his family in Livadia.

In the beginning, you can see the old wooden palace; followed by reviews and ceremonies; the grand duchesses and the tsesarevich on White Flower Day in the Italian Courtyard, on one of the balconies, and walking around the park; the Emperor offering Pascha greetings (1913) to the soldiers and officers in the Italian Courtyard, and more!

The video is provided by the Drevleshranilishche (Museum) in memory of the family of Emperor Nicholas II

“Painful Points” of Nicholas II’s Reign: Truth and Fiction

Was Emperor Nicholas II a weak-willed ruler who led Russia to a revolutionary catastrophe? Who was guilty in the shooting on January 9, 1905 and the Khodynka tragedy?

We spoke with doctor of historical sciences and associate professor in the department of history at Moscow State University Fedor Gaida about the most frequent claims against the last Russian Emperor and how fair and appropriate they are. Yuri Pushchaev interviews Theodore Gaida

#Romanovs100: Europe’s grandest car park owned by Nicholas II + VIDEO

Nicholas II owned Europe’s most lavish car park, with 56 cars in 1917 – more than any other European monarch. #Romanovs100 takes a closer look at the Tsar’s unique collection from 4-tonne limos to his son’s tiny Peugeot Bebe.

Historic events commemorating death of Imperial Russian Royal Family take place in East Cowes

A host of events are planned for 6th-8th July, including concerts, a two-day exhibition, a Russian market, screening of archival footage, Orthodox Vespers and the unveiling of an incredible monument.

5 Palaces of the Romanovs and the Nobility

Russia has a treasure trove of stunning locations apart from the Red Square in Moscow or the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg – wich once belonged to the late Tsar Nicholas II.

Many of the country’s castles have been featured in Disney films (think of Anastasia and Cinderella), but have stayed hidden from the public eye until the last two decades

Siberian man gets drunk in Empress’ bedroom before stealing gold statue…then gets nicked himself

On June 16th, a man from Siberia’s Irkutsk Region, snuck into Pavlovsk Palace, broke a window, entered the museum, and stole a statue worth five million rubles ($80,000).

Patriarch Filaret, Romanov: How a priest founded a dynasty that ruled Russia for 300 years

Feodor Romanov, a 17th-century bon vivant nobleman, was forced to join a monastery and spent almost a decade in captivity; however, his son Mikhail became tsar of Russia – with his father behind the throne as a grey eminence.
Oleg Yegorov writes in RBTH.

The Cathedral Belfry: Centerpiece of Rostov’s great kremlin + 11 PHOTOS!

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH about the complex and its bells which are recognized as a symbol of Russia.

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PHOTO: One of the paintings depicting the life of the Holy Royal Martyrs by Alexander Sokolov and his family in the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg 

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