In the Path of Love and Blood – Romanov Newsreel Footage

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– Available now in MP4 format with direct download –

A special edition featuring 30 minutes of high-quality Romanov newsreel footage from the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive (RGAKFD). Total runtime is 40 mins.

The documentary features footage from the Stantart, the Crimea, the White Flower Day festival, Easter at Livadia, visits to Sevastopol, the Battle of Borodino centennial anniversary, the Romanov Dynasty tercentenary celebrations, Military Maneuvers, World War I, and the Russian Military Headquarters.

A non-narrative documentary, with Russian music from early 20th century and best quality pictures from GARF. Produced by Tatiana Zakhryapina.

Click HERE for more info, video selections, and orders 

© Brotherhood of Mesa Potamos Monastery. 19 September 2018

Monument to Nicholas II consecrated in Zlatoust

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On Wednesday 19th September, the World Russian People’s Council met in the Ural city of Zlatoust. The event was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chelyabinsk Diocese, as well as the year marking the 100th anniversary of the death of the Imperial family, and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas II.

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A monument to Emperor Nicholas II was installed in the courtyard of the Cathedral of St. Seraphim in Zlatoust. The monument by the sculptor Alexander Sadovsky, was consecrated, followed by prayers and hymns sung by the church choir. In addition, the relics of St. Andrew the First-Called were brought to Zlatoust.

Click HERE to read another article about the monument to Nicholas II in Zlatoust + view photos of his visit to the Ural city on 30 June 1904.

© Paul Gilbert. 19 September 2018

The Romanovs’ Twilight

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Russian news agency TASS has created a special project called The Romanovs’ Twilight, telling stories of the Romanovs who witnessed the tragic events of 1917.

The project consists of three parts: Family tree, Years of life, and Map. Each illustrates the scale of the royal exodus of the last three generations: that of Emperor Alexander III, Emperor Nicholas II, and Tsesarevich Alexei. The project also features the personal stories of every representative of the Romanov Imperial House.

The Romanovs’ Twilight also traces the paths of 62 representatives of the Romanov family who were alive in 1917. Seventeen of them were killed by the Bolsheviks, while the last 45 managed to escape from Russia and settle abroad. 

© TASS / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 September 2018

The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity

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In this day and age, when children are exposed to more and more violence on television, distracted by video games and texting on their mobiles, it is still a blessing that we have books to enlighten them.

Holy Trinity Publications, the publishing arm of Holy Trinity Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Jordanville, New York, have released a new publication in honor of the Royal Martyrs, for children aged 7-12, or for parents to read to their children of younger age.

The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity by Maria Maximova, shares the story of the last Russian emperor and his family. Their life was not necessarily what one would expect;  there was much more than fancy clothes and  delicious food. They shared happy memories but also great hardships. They nursed the sick, ate porridge, kayaked along the Finnish coastline, and cared for chickens. Today we know them as the Royal Martyrs — deeply pious Orthodox Christians who laid down their lives for the Faith and role models of Christian virtue who showed kindness even to the guards who taunted them.  

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Beautiful colour illustrations by Victoria Kitavina

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The author Maria Maximova is an expert on the history of Russian literary culture. She has authored a number of books retelling the lives of Orthodox Christian saints for children.

This thought provoking, hard cover book features 56 pages, with beautiful colour illustrations by Victoria Kitavina. Translated from Russian into English by Nicholas Kotar. The price is $9.95 USD.

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The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity is one of two new titles published by Holy Trinity Publications, in time for the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Tsar Nicholas II and his holy family, on July 17, 2018. The other title The Romanovs Under House Arrest: from the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest by Archpriest Afanasy Belyaev, rector of the Tsar’s Feodorovsky Cathedral at Tsarskoye Selo, and subsequently the father confessor of the Russian Imperial family during their first five months of confinement following Nicholas II’s abdication in early 1917.

© Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, NY / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 September  2018

4 New Romanov Monuments Established in Russia

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Monument to Emperor Peter I (1672-1725) in Rostov-on-Don

While more and more statues and busts of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin continue to be erased from the Russian landscape, no less than four new monuments to Russian monarchs were established in various cities across Russia during the past week.

On 11th September, a monument to Emperor Peter I (1672-1725) was established in the city of Rostov-on-Don. The bronze monument depicts the figure of a Cossack giving the emperor a cup of spring water. Peter the Great is depicted in the clothes of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. 

The composition – which weighs 2 tons – was created by the famous Rostov sculptor Sergei Oleshnya, the author of the famous monument to Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in Pokrovsky Square and many other sculptures in the city. 

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Monument to the Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) in Bernovo

On 12th September, a monument to the Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) was established in Bernovo, a village in the Staritsky district of the Tver region.

The establishment of a monument to the Tsar-Liberator, has been a long-standing dream of Alexander Yakovlevich Volnukhin – local historian, honorary citizen Tver region, a true patriot and faithful son of old Russia.  

In 1912, residents of the Bernovo district established a bronze bust of the emperor in the center of the village, showing their gratitude for liberation from serfdom. The bust was removed during the Soviet years, leaving just a pedestal, however, drawings and documents have been preserved in the archives.

The initiators of the restoration of the monument were Alexander Volnukhin, patron Pavel Shidlovsky with the support of the administration of the Staritssky district, the administration of the Bernovo village, the association of the Tver country communities, and the Bernovo orthodox parish.

The dean of the Torzhok and Staritsa districts, Protopriest Nikolai, performed the ceremony of consecration of the newly restored monument.

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Monument to the Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894) in Korenovsk

On 14th September, a monument to the Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894) was established in Korenovsk, a town  located in the North Caucasus region in southern Russia. 

Documents in the State Archives of the Krasnodar Region, show that Emperor Alexander III and his family visited Korenovsk on 21 September 1888. The emperor’s journey was dedicated to the opening of the new rail line connecting Tikhoretsk to Novorossiysk, stopping at Korenovskaya Station, where he met with local Cossacks.

130 years later, a monument in honour of Alexander III’s visit was established on the square in front of the Korenovsk Station. The initiator of the project was the hereditary Cossack and ataman (1997-2011) of the Korenovsky RKO Mikhail Sergeevich Timchenko. The bust was made by the sculptor Emil Mazmanyan, the pedestal was made in the workshop of Mikhail Serdyukov. 

The monument carries a famous quote that it attributes to Emperor Alexander III: “Russia has two allies — its army and the navy.”

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Monument to the Empress Catherine II (1729-1796), in Morshansk,

On 16th September, a monument to the Empress Catherine II (1729-1796), was established in Morshansk, a town in the Tambov region. 

The monument was established by the Russian Military Historical Society. The tablet on the pedestal reads “Mother Empress Catherine II – the founder of the city of Morshansk.” The bust itself, made by the sculptor Denis Stritovich, is an exact copy of the work of the sculpture academician of the Petersburg Academy of Arts Samuel Halberg, which was presented to the city in 1879. The original bust, which was saved in the post-revolutionary years, is today part of the permanent collection of the Morshansk Historical and Art Museum. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 September 2018

 

Sovereign No. 7 Coming Soon!

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I am pleased to announce that the No. 7 issue of Sovereign is now at the printers!

This is a very special issue dedicated entirely to the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Russia’s last emperor and tsar Nicholas II.

The No. 7 issue features 143 pages, 7 articles, a news supplement, and richly illustrated with more than 150 photographs.

This issue also includes a summary of my trip to Ekaterinburg for the Tsar’s Days events in July 2018, and includes 50 of my own photographs of the Divine Liturgy held on the night of 16/17 July, Ganina Yama, Porosenkov Log, exhibitions, churches, and much more!

This special issue  will be available for purchase at the International Nicholas II Conference, and from the Royal Russia Bookshop at the end of October. 

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 September 2018

This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia

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Paul Gilbert “Son of Old Russia”

In anticipation of the forthcoming release of the English version of our book The Romanov Royal Martyrs the Brotherhood of Mesa Potamos Monastery would like to thank Paul Gilbert for his great and continuous support to our project. Our dear friend Paul Gilbert has spent the last 25 years of his life to researching and writing about the Romanov dynasty, and the history of the Imperial Russia. Through his uniquely excellent Royal Russia website he has repeatedly posted articles, special tributes, and announcements in relevance to our project.

Thank you Paul! May God bless your great work!

For all the links to Paul Gilbert’s multidimensional Romanov publishing work and his meritorious online activities visit: Paul Gilbert. Researcher, Publisher & Editor

Published on 14th September 2018 by Βασιλομάρτυρες Ρομάνοφ / Romanov Royal Martyrs

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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 158,000 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 15 September 2018:

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

Avoiding the horrors of war: Who were Russia’s most peaceful rulers?

These Russian monarchs tried to pursue their goals mainly through peaceful means. What did they achieve? Alexey Timofeychev writes in RBTH

100 Years Since the Murder of the Russian Imperial Family at Yekaterinburg

A tragedy recalled in this column in ‘Spectator Australia’ on 25th July 2018

Russia’s elite Guards units in photos

They’ve fought in every important conflict Russia has been involved in over the past three centuries. They used to be a powerful political force that could pick and depose tsars as they wished. Here’s a brief history of the Russian Guards.

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A new painting local artist Anvar Batarshin, depicting Emperor Nicholas II’s 1904 visit to Kuznetsk was unveiled at the Kuznetsk Museum and Exhibition Center.

The emperor arrived in Kuznetsk in the summer of 1904 to inspect military units heading to the Russo-Japanese War. He is was greeted at the station by the Saratov governor P.A. Stolypin (right), who later served as Prime Minister of Russia, and Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Empire from 1906 until his assassination in 1911. Count Vladimir Fredericks (left), who served as Imperial Household Minister between 1897 and 1917, is also depicted in the painting.

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Disclaimer: the links published on this page are for information purposes only,
and may not reflect the opinions of Paul Gilbert and/or Royal Russia

Tretyakov Gallery Presents the Watercolours of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna

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Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Self Portrait. 1920

The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow presents an exhibition of watercolours of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. An amateur landscape artist, a nurse of charity, and a trustee of charitable foundations, Olga began painting in early childhood devoting every free minute to her favorite pastime. 

The exhibition covers works by the Grand Duchess from 1898 to 1952 during her stay in Russia, Denmark and Canada.

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960) was the youngest child and daughter of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna, and younger sister of Emperor Nicholas II. Her childhood passed in the Imperial Palace in Gatchina, where she began to draw, studying with the best art teachers K.V. Lemokha, V.E. Makovsky, S.Yu. Zhukovsky and S.A. Vinogradova. Alexander III approved and supported his daughter’s passion for painting.

The early watercolours of Olga Alexandrovna reflect the life of the Romanovs in Gatchina and the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo – they depict scenes in the ceremonial halls and the imperial family’s private apartments. During the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, the Grand Duchess loved to draw children playing games or still life of a festive holiday table. Postcards with reproductions of her watercolours, produced in large numbers in pre-revolutionary times, are also represented at the exhibition.

In the early 1900s, Olga Alexandrovna organized an exhibition of young artists in the palace. The money made from the sale of paintings and watercolours went to charity. The Grand Duchess patronized the Imperial Society of Russian Watercolourists and the Society of Artists named after A.I. Kuindzhi. During the First World War, Olga Alexandrovna at her own expense opened the First Evgenyivsky Hospital, in which she worked as a sister of mercy. Even at the front, the Grand Duchess devoted her free time to her watercolours, often painting scenes in the hospital and portraits of officers. 

Olga’s paintings of her two little sons Tikhon (1917-1993) and Guri (1919-1984) were depicted with special lyricism. Tikhon was born in Ai-Todor in Crimea on 25 August 1917. After leaving her mother the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna in Crimea, Olga Alexandrovna and her husband Nikolai Kulikovsky (1916-1958) and their first-born son Tikhon, fled to the Kuban village of Novominskaya, where her second son, Guri, was born on 23 April 1919. Later, the family travelled to Rostov-on-Don, and then through Constantinople and Serbia before finally reaching Denmark in 1920.

In Denmark, Olga Alexandrovna and her family, along with the widowed Empress Maria Feodorovna, lived in the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. After the death of the Dowager Empress in October 1928, the family of the Grand Duchess purchased a farm in Knudsminde near Copenhagen. In 1948, the Soviet Union presented Denmark with a note of protest in connection with the fact that Olga Alexandrovna was helping Russian prisoners of war and refugees, forcing the Kulikovskys to move to Canada. The Grand Duchess bought a house and a small farm in Campbellville near Toronto. In Canada, she continued to paint and successfully sold her paintings, which served as a source of income for her family.

The Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna passed away on November 24, 1960. She was buried in York Cemetery in the area of ​​North York in Toronto next to her husband Nikolai Kulikovsky.

This exhibition in the Tretyakov Gallery is held in parallel with the Romanovs. Family Chronicles Exhibition. Both projects are timed to the anniversary of the death of the Imperial family.

The Watercolours of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Exhibition runs from 14th September to 28th October 2018, in the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Click on the following links to read more about Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and her paintings:

Paintings by Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (8th March 2018)

FOR SALE: Watercolour by Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (19th March)

FOR SALE: Painting by HIH Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (18th May 2013)

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna 1882-1960

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 September 2018

Exhibition: In Memory of the Last Emperor. Relics of the Emigrant Museum in Belgrade

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The State Historical Museum in Moscow is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the memory of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II. The exposition, which opened on 12th July, features a unique collection of items from the Museum of the Memory of Emperor Nicholas II, which was opened in the Russian House in Belgrade in 1936.

Many of the exhibits presented at the exhibition are being displayed for the first time to the public. These unique items connected to Nicholas II and his family members were collected Russian emigres who settled in Yugoslavia after the Revolution. The items entered the Historical Museum in 1947 – after Yugoslavia became a socialist nation. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see dozens of artifacts that have never before left the Historical Museum.

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Copy of telegram from Queen Marie of Roumania on the news of Nicholas II’s abdication

The exposition includes letters from members of the Imperial family, diaries, rare photographs, newsreel footage – which reflect the ordinary everyday life of the Romanovs.

In one of the photographs, the four daughters of Nicholas II are depicted – the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia. They often signed photos and letters – OTMA, an acronym based on the first letters of their respective names. This photo was presented to the Belgrade Museum by Pierre Gilliard, the tutor of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich. In addition, among the exhibits – the academic plan for the Imperial children in 1916-1917, as well as letter from the Tsesarevich Alexei to his grandmother the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, dated 16 April 1916, congratulating her on Easter.

The exhibition ran from 12 July to 10 September 2018 at the State Historical Museum in Moscow

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 September 2018

Captured on Film by U.S. Cameramen – The Romanov Murder Scene (1918)

NOTE: this article was originally posted on the First World War in Film web site by Ron van Dooperen

In December 1918, a photographic team of the U.S. Signal Corps led by Captain Howard Kingsmore arrived in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where they filmed inside the house where Tsar Nicholas II and his family was brutally murdered. Against all odds, we recently found Kingsmore’s personal story on this photographic assignment, as well as part of these historic films.

The execution of the last Russian Tsar and his family hardly needs an introduction. After the Bolsheviks had taken over power the Romanov family was moved to a so-called ‘House of Special Purpose’ in Yekaterinburg. The Imperial family was kept in strict isolation within the walls of a sinister heavily guarded building that was surrounded by a palisade. The Bolsheviks initially wanted to put the Tsar on trial, but in the summer of 1918 anti-Communist forces were at the gates of Yekaterinburg, and the Reds feared their captives would fall into enemy hands. As a result, death to the Romanovs was declared. Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei were shot, bayoneted and clubbed to death on the night of 16-17 July 1918. Their bodies were disposed of in a most gruesome manner.

The Cameramen

Howard P. Kingsmore was the photographic officer of a U.S. Signal Corps camera team that recorded the operations of the American Expeditionary Army in Siberia. Born in 1886, Kingsmore started his photographic work for the Philadelphia Inquirer, covering the burial of President McKinley, the coal strikes of 1901-1902 and the 50th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. Around 1907 Kingsmore became chief photographer for the Philadelphia Evening Ledger. For this newspaper he covered the civil war in Mexico, as well as the Punitive Expedition by General Pershing into that country in 1916. When the United States entered World War I he applied for a commission in the U.S. Signal Corps as a photographic officer. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in September 1917, appears to have made mostly training pictures while he was in America and in Augustus 1918 was promoted to Captain, when a photographic section was set up for the Siberian Expedition. After the First World War Kingsmore became a cameraman for Fox News.

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The Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg. 1918

Interview with Kevin Brownlow

Judging from the production file of the films that were made by Kingsmore and his camera team, they filmed across Siberia between November 1918 and February 1919, covering various operations by the Expeditionary Force that was trying to push the Red Army out of Russia. We have described this Signal Corps footage from Russia in more detail in a previous weblog. Five men were selected for this  photographic team, including two movie camera operators. One of Kingsmore’s men, Philip Tannura, was interviewed by Kevin Brownlow for his book The War, the West and the Wilderness. Tannura was among Kingsmore’s cinematographers and in the interview with Brownlow Tannura mentioned how he accompanied Kingsmore while they visited the place where the Tsar and his family were executed. “We couldn’t find out whether they had actually been killed or not”, Tannura said. “We photographed all the rooms.”

Kingsmore said he boarded a Red Cross freight train in Vladivostok in November 1918. The trip across Siberia took about nine weeks. The accommodation on the train was of a most primitive nature. The American cameramen traveled in box cars that were originally built for cattle. Arriving in Yekaterinburg, the cameramen found the city controlled by Czech forces. These had taken Yekaterinburg shortly after the Tsar and his family were murdered. Kingsmore was told the Romanovs were subjected to many indignities by the Communist soldiers who guarded them. It should be noted here that at the moment when Kingsmore and Tannura arrived in Yekaterinburg an official investigation was still being carried out on the mysterious disappearance of the Imperial family. As far as the Kremlin was concerned, they had simply vanished into thin air and the Communists denied any allegation they had killed the Romanovs.

Photographic Evidence of the Romanov Execution

Kingsmore’s and Tannura’s pictures indicate this was a fabricated lie. One of their still photographs shows the cellar where the Romanovs were executed. Bullets were dug out of the wall by the Bolsheviks to destroy evidence of the crime, but the holes still remained and were clearly visible. Their pictures also demonstrate how the Tsar’s children had to sleep on the floor, as well as the search by the investigating commitee for further proofs of the execution. Kingsmore also appears to have talked with eye witnesses. One told him the Romanovs were on their knees begging for mercy while they were executed in the basement of the house.

Part of the footage that was shot at Yekaterinburg has been retrieved and identified by the authors in the film collection of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These scenes were probably taken by Tannura and show an exterior of the Czech military headquarters, the house the Romanovs lived in, as well as shots of the Czarina’s room and the room that was occupied by the Tsar’s daughters. We edited these historic scenes into a short clip that has been posted on our YouTube channel.

Click HERE to read a newspaper article from the Grand Forks Herald on Kingsmore’s experiences in Siberia 

© Ron van Dopperen. 12 September 2018