Two New Memorials to Imperial Family Established in Russia & Ukraine


Black granite memorial to Nicholas II and his family in Pokrovskoye

On 17th November, a monument dedicated to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, was established on the grounds of the Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum, in Pokrovskoye, situated in the Tyumen region of Siberia.

The Imperial family stopped in Pokrovskoye on their way from their exile in Tobolsk Ekaterinburg, where they were subsequently murdered by the Ural Soviet, on the night of 16/17 July 1918. “. . . We had to change horses in the village of Pokrovskoye, which meant standing for a right opposite Grigoriy [Rasputin’s] house, and we saw his whole family looking through the window . . . ,” Nicholas II wrote in his diary on 27th (O.S. 14th) April 1918.

The monument is a slab of black granite, split in two by a cross. On one half is a quote from the tsar’s diary, on the other, the prophecy of Grigoriy Rasputin: “They will come to Tobolsk and, before they die, they will see my native village.”

The initiator and organizer of the installation of the memorial is the founder and owner of the Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum Marina Smirnova.


The Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum in Pokrovskoye


Chapel dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Rasputin’s death in Pokrovskoye

“It is symbolic that the Imperial family stayed in Pokrovskoye, not just in front of the house of Grigoriy Rasputin, but at the very place where in 1914 an attempt was made on him, where his blood was shed,” she said.

In 2016, Marina Smirnova, using her own funds, installed a chapel on the site of the Grigoriy Rasputin House Museum, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Rasputin’s death on 30th (O.S. 17th) December 1916.

Today, Pokrovskoye is included in the program of the national tourist project “The Imperial Route”, which connects cities and villages of Russia related to the last days of Nicholas II and his family.


Memorial cross to Nicholas II and his family opposite the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra

A memorial cross dedicated to Emperor Nicholas II and his family has been installed on the Kaminschik Mountain, opposite the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, situated in the town of Pochayiv, in Western Ukraine.

The memorial cross was consecrated on 8th November, by the priests of the Moscow Patriarchate.

“This cross was established by the faithful parishioners of of the Orthodox Church in honor of the 100th anniversary of the martyr’s death of the Holy Royal Martyrs and all the saints during the times of persecution from the godless power for the faith of Christ the slain. 1918-2018,” says the explanatory tablet to the cross.

In 2017, the official website of the Pochayiv Lavra called for the faithful to pray to the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers for the fate of Russia. Pilgrims held a cross procession from Kamianets-Podilskyi to the monastery, carrying with them a large icon of the Russian tsar Nicholas II.

One of the monks of the Monastery declared that the restoration of the Russian Orthodox monarchy is one of the most pressing issues of our time.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 November 2018