This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


Russia’s Channel One Editor fired for praising the murder of Nicholas II

The editor of the program ‘Time Will Tell’ Timofey Ermakov has been fired for writing an announcement praising the murder of Emperor Nicholas II on the social network Facebook.

His comment and photo (see above) were posted on Facebook on the eve of the centenary marking the murders of Russia’s last Imperial family.

It is unknown if he is a descendant of the Bolshevik Pyotr Zakharovich Ermakov (1884-1852), one of several men responsible for the murders of the Romanov family in the Ipatiev House on the night of 16/17 July 1918.

His firing = justice has been served!

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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 149,000 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 11 August 2018:

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


EPISODE 6: FAITH IN GOD TO THE END with Helen Rappaport

The sixth and final episode of the remarkable video production celebrating the Romanovs Martyrdom Centennial, featuring an interview with Romanov historian and author Helen Rappaport.

A 10 minutes video-clip, including stunning unpublished Romanov coloured pictures, by acclaimed Russian colourist Olga Shirnina (Klimbim), from the forthcoming book The Romanov Royal Martyrs, to be published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press in early 2019.

100 years later, Russia is still revising the story of the imperial family’s execution by Red Army guards

A century after the deaths of Nicholas II and his family sit uneasily in the narrative of Russian history — an example of Russia’s violent past that the state has not reckoned with to this day. Ala Creciun Graff writes in ‘The Washington Post’

Archbishop of Syktyvkar says Russian Church Ready to Begin Dialogue on Return of Monarchy in Russia

The Russian Orthodox Church is prepared to begin a dialogue with Russian authorities and society on the return of the institution of the monarchy, one hierarch recently stated.

Russian Orthodox Nationalists Hope for Tsar’s Return

Their slogan is Orthodoxy or Death. They are convinced Russia should be ruled by an autocratic monarch. They believe the coming of a new tsar may be imminent.

2018: a year of dangerous liaisons with Russia

Romanov historian and author Frances Welsh wades again into the Romanov story and their awkward family ties to the Windsors, with her new book ‘The Imperial Tea Party’.

NOTE: Romanov historian and author Frances Welsh is one of five guests who will speak at the NICHOLAS II CONFERENCE to be held at St John’s Orthodox Church in Colchester, England on Saturday, 27th October. Click HERE for more details + to purchase tickets.

The Romanovs’ Art of Survival

The 20th century was not kind to the Romanovs. Despite the immense trauma they had suffered, the Romanovs endured, adjusting to their new circumstances. Throughout these trials, they had an unlikely ally: art. Anastasia Edel writes in ‘The New York Review of Books.


Princess Ekaterina Ioannovna (1915-2007)

Romanov Descendant Shares Story of Her Royal Family With Sputnik (PHOTOS)

July 17 marked 100 years since the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in Ipatiev’s house in Yekaterinburg. Sputnik managed to meet and talk in Montevideo with Nicoletta Farace, the granddaughter of Prince Ioann Konstantinovich and Princess Helen of Serbia, and the daughter of Princess Ekaterina Ioannovna Romanova, the last descendant of the Russian royal family, born before the 1917 revolution.

The author May Nachinkin has made a couple of errors in this article, please see my notes below – PG

CORRECTIONS: The author May Nachinkin refers to Nicoletta Farace, as the granddaughter of “Ivan”, when in fact she was referring to Prince Ioann (John) Konstantinovich (1886-1918)

She also claims that “Princess Ekaterina, were killed in an abandoned mine in Alapaevsk”, however, this is incorrect. Princess Ekaterina Ioannovna died on 13 March 2007, in Montevideo, Uruguay

Prince Ioann (John) Konstantinovich was one of six members of the Russian Imperial family murdered by the Bolsheviks at Alapayevsk. The others included his two brothers Princes Konstantin and Igor Konstantinovich, Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, and Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley.

‘Dearest Mary’: Letters from the last Tsarina

Royal historian Elizabeth Jane Timms writes about the friendship and correspondence between Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna and Princess Marie Bariatinsky, one of the few close friends of her early years as Empress in Russia.

6 People Who Claimed to Have Been Romanovs

Over the years, a number of people have come forward pretending to be exiled members of the Romanov family. Some merely wanted to be famous, while others were convinced that they truly had royal blood coursing through their veins. Today, all members of the immediate family have been identified through DNA evidence as having been killed.

10 Russian wooden churches you need to see before it’s too late (PHOTOS)

Russia has preserved much of its wooden architecture in the north, but some of these gravity-defying structures are in danger of crumbling into thin air.

Sadly, it is already too late for the late 18th century, the Dormition Church in Kondopoga, Karelia, which was destroyed by fire on 10th August.

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This lovely portrait of the last Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918) was created by the contemporary Russian artist Vladimir Kireev.

In photographs and portraits, we are accustomed to seeing the Empress deep in thought, and seldom smiling. But Vladimir Kireev saw her differently. “Her joy is Divine, eternal”, notes the artist.

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