In Memory of the Russian Imperial Family – 17th July 2018


In the early morning hours of 17th July 1918, Russia’s last Emperor and Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their four daughters the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia Nikolaevna, their son and heir Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich were murdered by a Bolshevik firing squad in the basement of the Ipatiev House in the Ural city of Ekaterinburg. 

Their bodies were taken to an abandoned mine (Ganina’s Pit) were they were thrown into the mine. The following day, their bodies were removed and buried in a shallow grave about 3.8 km away in Porosenkov Log on the Koptyakovskaya Road on the northwestern outskirts of Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg).  There they would remain hidden for more than 60 years, before being discovered by local geologists in 1979.  It was not until the summer of 1991, after the fall of the Soviet Union, that the remains were dug up. The remains were were buried on 17th July 1998, in St Catherine’s Chapel of the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria were discovered in 2007, they are still awaiting burial, and are currently held in the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow.

On the night of 16/17 July 2018, Orthodox Christians, monarchists, and adherents of the Imperial Family from across Russia and around the world, will gather at the Church on the Blood for a Divine Liturgy performed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.  Following the Liturgy, tens of thousands will take part in a 21-km pilgrimage from the Church on the Blood to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers in Ganina Yama.

I will be among these pilgrims, paying homage to the Imperial Family. Upon my return, I will prepare a summary of my spiritual journey to Ekaterinburg, complete with my own photos. I will also write a longer article for a future issue of Royal Russia, and update my forthcoming book My Russia. Ekaterinburg with additional information and photos. 

Click HERE to review a new page in my Royal Russia site, dedicated to the 2018 Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 July 2018 

Journey to Ekaterinburg 2018


At Helsinki airport waiting for my flight to Ekaterinburg in June 2016

On July 17th 1998, I had the great honour of attending the interment of the remains of Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Empress Alexandra, three of their five children, and four faithful retainers at the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The invitation had been extended by the Director of the Romanov Family Association in Russia Ivan Artsishevsky. He even permitted me to ride with descendants of the Romanov family in one of the special buses from the Astoria Hotel to the Peter and Paul Cathedral.

On July 12th 2018, I will depart on a spiritual journey to Ekaterinburg, where I will spend a week in the Ural capital, taking part in the Tsar’s Days events marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. During my stay I will visit museums and churches who will be hosting a series of exhibitions in their memory. On the night of July 16/17 I will attend the Divine Liturgy at the Church on the Blood, which will be performed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. I will then join tens of thousands of like-minded pilgrims from across Russia and around the world on a 21-km pilgrimage from the Church on the Blood to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers in Ganina Yama.

I am so very grateful that I am able to make this long anticipated spiritual journey, one which permits me to pay homage to Russia’s last emperor and tsar – a sovereign for whom I have the greatest respect. I am dedicated to clearing the many myths and lies against Nicholas II over the past century. I am able to achieve this through my web site, news blog, and social media, as well as through the publication of books and my bi-annual periodical Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II. I recently launched a Nicholas II discussion group, and will host the Nicholas II Conference in Colchester, England on October 27th 2018.

I am also honoured to have an opportunity to attend the events marking the centenary of the deaths and martyrdom of Nicholas II and his family in Ekaterinburg. I will be a witness to history in the making, it will be a day which would have been unimaginable during the Soviet years. This visit will mark my 29th journey to Russia, and my 3rd to the Ural capital. 


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 7 July 2018

This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


The March 16th 1917 edition of ‘The Daily Mirror’ announcing the Tsar’s abdication

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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 146,000 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 7 July 2018:


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

Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich branded George V ‘a scoundrel’ and blamed him for the Russian Imperial family’s murders

“Brilliant new research helps dispel any doubt about King George V’s stance on his Russian cousins” – Christopher Wilson

Dmitri Pavlovich Dmitri Pavlovich explosive diaries have revealed his hatred towards George V. Excerpts are now published in English for the first time in Coryne Hall’s new book ‘To Free the Romanovs’.

Royal historian and author Coryne Hall is a regular contributor to both ‘ROYAL RUSSIA’ and ‘SOVEREIGN’


I have created a NEW page in my Royal Russia site, which features articles and links with information on the upcoming Tsar’s Days in Ekaterinburg.

Serbian Church to Mark Centenary of Romanov Martyrdom with Liturgy and Procession

A Divine Liturgy and procession in Belgrade, to be headed by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.

Head of Romanov Family Association to visit St. Petersburg on July 15

The head of the Romanov Family Association, Princess Olga Andreyevna Romanoff, will arrive in St Petersburg on a private visit on July 15th

Huge disparity in estimates to repair vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Ilya Repin’s masterpiece in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery was struck with a metal pole in May

The Origin of Ivan the Terrible’s Nickname

When Ivan IV Vasilyevich became Grand Prince of Moscow in 1533, the principality was a landlocked country. By the time of his death in 1584, he managed to conquer vast stretches of land and expand his inheritance into a huge empire, covering 4,050,000 km2 (1,560,000 square miles) on two continents and became the first Russian Tsar, earning his nickname Ivan the Terrible in the process.

Gatchina: St. Petersburg’s Unknown Palace

The most private and perhaps the most mysterious of all St. Petersburg’s former imperial residences.One of its owners, Tsar Alexander III, saw it as the perfect escape from the bustle and noise of the capital.

Tobolsk: Exuberance of Siberian Baroque + 12 PHOTOS!

Architectural historian and photographer William Brumfield writes in RBTH, about this gateway to the east which boasts a number of unique constructions.

A Guide to St. Petersburg’s Most Beautiful Religious Buildings

Eleven places of worship built during the Tsarist period, which have survived to this day

Why Peter the Great Tortured and Killed His Own Son

Many monarchs throughout history have killed family members. But even those royals might have been aghast at the actions of Russian tsar Peter the Great, who in 1718 had his eldest son tortured to death for allegedly conspiring against him.

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The Russian Bedroom, Fredensborg Palace. PHOTO: Det Danske Kongehus

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Léon Bakst Portrait of Nicholas II to be Displayed in Moscow


Copyright © Государственный исторический музей

The State Historical Museum in Moscow have announced that the portrait of Emperor Nicholas II by Léon Bakst, has been returned from their restoration workshop. 

After the 1917 Revolution, the portrait was hidden in the museum funds. In September, the portrait will be presented for the first time at an exhibition dedicated to Nicholas II and his family, the first time it has been displayed in more than a century.

Click HERE to read more about the exhibition


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Государственный исторический музей

Léon (Lev) Nikolaevich Bakst – born as Leyb-Khaim Izrailevich  (later Samoylovich)  Rosenberg, (1866-1924) was a Russian painter and scene and costume designer. He was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes.

During his years in St Petersburg, he taught painting to the children of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich. In 1902, Nicholas II commissioned Bakst to paint The Meeting of Russian Sailors. In 1914, Bakst was elected a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 6 July 2018

Russian Historical Rose Garden at Tsarskoye Selo


Empress Alexandra of Russia Rose. Фото: ГМЗ Царское Село

Tsarskoye Selo is currently hosting a small exhibition Russian Historical Rose Garden which features 11 outdoor display stands depicting the historical varieties of roses dedicated to the Russian empresses, members of the Imperial family, and high ranking individuals of the empire. 

The exhibit is located near the Tower Ruins in the Catherine Park. The exhibition is situated near the former Pink Field, commissioned by Catherine the Great.

Known as the “Queen of Flowers” – historically, the rose figured prominently in the lives of kings and emperors around the world. Russia was no exception. The history of the Russian Empire from the beginning of the last century before 1917 was reflected in the names of roses. In the list of “Russian” roses were the names of almost all the emperors and empresses, grand dukes and grand duchesses. They were developed primarily by French rose breeders.

Фото: ГМЗ Царское Село

The exhibit acquaints viewers with historic details written by the efforts of rose breeders and gardeners of many countries of the world.

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Nicholas I, is dedicated the White Flower Rose or Blanchefleur. It was derived by the French gardener Jean-Pierre Vieber in 1835. The variety has medium white flowers with a slight pink tinge, which have a strong sweet scent. The empress surrounded herself with beautiful silver, and porcelain vases filled with roses. Her favorite flowers were bought in huge quantities and planted in all the gardens and parks wherever the Empress was in residence.

Catherine the Great’s love for roses is an historical fact. Being a native of the part of the world where this flower was elevated to the status of a cult, she paid tribute to it in her new homeland. It was during the reign of Catherine II that the Pink Field appeared in the Catherine Park of Tsarskoe Selo – a huge rose garden stretching over several hectares. Her collection was constantly replenished from Denmark, Holland, Germany, and France. New varieties were introduced – some of which were planted in the Pink Field during the summer, others planted in greenhouses for the winter.

For Catherine II, is dedicated the Catherine II Rose. It was derived by the French gardener Jean Laffey, who developed this variety in 1826, during the reign of the Alexander I, grandson of the Empress. The flowers are small to medium in size, have a very strong scent, the bush does not exceed 50 cm in height, blossoms only once in early summer. The variety has been preserved in many European collector’s rosaries to this day.


The former Pink Field of Empress Catherine II, as it looks today

Visitors can also learn about the breeding of certain varieties of roses inspired by the breeders of the Empress Maria Feodorovna (wife of Alexander III), Alexandra Feodorovna (wife of Nicholas II), Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna and other members of the Russian Imperial family.

The exhibition was prepared based on the materials of the landscape architect of the Alupka Palace and Park Museum-Reserve of Utah Arbatskaya with the participation of students from the International School of Design (St. Petersburg). 

© Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 4 July 2018

Church of Our Lady of Sorrows Restored in Ekaterinburg


Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg

On 2nd July, representatives of the Ural media were given a tour of of the newly restored Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg.

The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows is the is one of the six churches of the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent and the second to be rebuilt. The first was the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The remaining four churches are currently at different stages of restoration.

The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows was built in 1832. It became the first of three churches, which form an unusual eastern facade of the monastery. During the Soviet years, the building was adapted for use as the House of the Red Army and a club. As a result, the church lost it’s dome, altar apse, and interior decorations. When the church was transferred back to the convent, the building, which had stood for decades without repair, was completely dilapidated – only some walls and foundation were preserved. Restoration of the church took more than 10 years. The restoration work was carried out by the best architects and carvers, while the sisters of the convent created paintings and icons for the restored church.


The beautiful interior, decorated with multi-colored marble

Journalists were the first to see the magnificent interiors of the church after the restoration, including a unique carved iconostasis in the form of a canopy. Other unique features of the interior include the icon of the Mother of God, paintings of the Blessed Virgin, frescoes based on those of the Ferapontov Monastery, the blue toned colours which depict purity and innocence.

The decoration of the church features a marble carved cove (a canopy over the altar, supported by columns). The iconostasis is encrusted with multi-colored marble and is considered one of the most beautiful parts of this church. “The Sisters put all their soul and heart into the restoration of the interior,” said Sister Eustache .

Representatives of the media were also present during the process of installing icons in the iconostasis and talked with representatives of the Zeleniy (Moscow) Restoration and Production Enterprise. The firm specializes in hand carving of the stone, and has created iconostases for the Christ the Savior Cathedral (Moscow) and the Cathedral of St Nicholas (aka Naval Cathedral, Kronstadt).


One of the sister’s of the convent paints the image of a saint on the wall of church

In addition, the participants of the press tour also talked with wood carvers who made unique shutters for the church, because, as they say in the monastery, “everything in the church, like in the House of God, should be beautiful.”

According to the sisters, the work should be completed by the end of the summer of 2018, and the sisters hope that the church will open to parishioners shortly thereafter. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 July 2018

Cyrille Boulay Offers Russian Imperial Treasures in Cannes Auction


Click HERE to review the 148 page auction catalogue

The Cyrille Boulay Auction House will host another auction on 18th July 2018 in Cannes, France, offering yet another magnificent selection of Russian works of art with an Romanov and Imperial Provenance. The auction features icons, historic souvenirs, Fabergé, photographs, silverware, porcelain, portraits, jewellery, vermeil, art work, and more!


Beautiful pieces by Fabergé to be auctioned on 18th July

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 July 2018

Doomed to Resurrection: Is it Possible to Reconstruct the Ipatiev House?


The Ipatiev House, also known as the House of Special Purpose was built 130 years ago

Interview with the head of the Department of Archives of the Sverdlovsk Region Alexander Kapustin.

In July 2018, Russia will mark the 100th anniversary of the deaths and martyrdom of the last Russian Imperial family. On the possibility of restoring the Ipatiev House, where the Holy Royal Martyrs ended their earthly journey, AiF-Ural journalist Alexei Smirnov sat down with the head of the Department of Archives of the Sverdlovsk Region Alexander Alexandrovich Kapustin.

Alexei Smirnov: Alexander Alexandrovich, do you remember what the Ipatiev House looked like before it was demolished in 1977? 

Alexander Kapustin: Yes, I remember it. From 1972 to 1977 I studied at the Ural State University and visited the Ipatiev House on a number of occasions. The first time I went alone, then I went returned several times with some of my fellow students. I remember walking up the steps to the entrance. We did not get into the “execution room”, it was boarded up. Some organization was working in the mansion at that time, the staff showed little interest in us. I did not feel any “aura” around the house, for me it was an old historic building, typical of Sverdlovsk at the time. Although, like any person interested in history, I knew perfectly well that the tsar and his family had been shot here. Of course, I did not know everything, I was only 17 years old at the time. I can not say that my visits found me shaking inside me. Do not forget that we studied at the Soviet school, so we were taught the official Soviet version of the events. We were taught that Nicholas Romanov was the not the best tsar, however, today the evidence held in our archives, proves that the Soviet version was wrong.

Alexei Smirnov: The decision to demolish the mansion was made in Moscow, was this a mistake?
Alexander Kapustin: It was a political mistake by the authorities. But Yuri Andropov, who headed the KGB at the time, was right in one thing: the Ipatiev House was steadily becoming a place of pilgrimage for those who wished to honour the memory of the imperial family. 

Alexei Smirnov: Could Yeltsin disobey Andropov?

Alexander Kapustin: Yeltsin was a member of the party, the first secretary of the regional committee. He carried out the order, one which he simply could not disobey. And it was not just an order, it was the decision of the Central Committee.  Another question, did Yeltsin realize the consequences of his actions? It is quite possible that he did not. Therefore we have no right to make any claims against him.


Boris Yeltsin was ordered to demolish the Ipatiev House in September 1977

Alexei Smirnov: Is it possible to reconstruct the Ipatiev House according to surviving documents? And whether it is necessary to do this?

Alexander Kapustin: I think that there would be no technical problems with a reconstruction. We know what it looked externally, we can determine its dimensions, the height of the ceilings, etc. Preserved drawings, numerous photographs – inside and out, will greatly benefit such a project.

NOTE: In the archives of the Sverdlovsk region, more than two dozen documents concerning the Ipatiev House have survived, as well as an extensive photo-fund. Up until 1977, the building was photographed extensively. A lot of the pre-revolutionary images have also been preserved. The earliest document in the archive is a list of owners dating from 1916, including Nikolai Nikolaevich Ipatiev. In 1929, Uralstroikontrol made a detailed plan of the mansion, which is kept in the archives in a separate file.

As to your other question: if to restore, for what purpose? When the idea of ‌‌”reconstruction” of the house arose, it created a lot of excitement and discussion. The problem is that we look at those events through the eyes of people of the 21st century, and this is not always entirely correct. Try to look at them through the eyes of people of that time. It should not be forgotten that on 2nd March 1917, that the tsar abdicated from the throne. The Bolsheviks shot not the emperor, but “Citizen Romanov”! And how did Russian society react to this? The event passed almost unnoticed. And already on 3rd March 1917, the church swore an oath of allegiance to the provisional government! Yes, he was a royal martyr, he died a martyr. But at that time, atrocities were occurring throughout Russia. It is pointless to demand that everyone worship the tsar, just as it is pointless that everyone worship Lenin. Society is divided.

The point is also that the figure of Nicholas II overshadowed many other worthy people in the public eye, including members of the Romanov dynasty. Why, for example, are we not interested in the life and fate of Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, whom I have great respect for? He was a man, independent in his decisions. He fell in love with a married woman and, due to the then conventionalities, was forced to leave Russia. They had a morganatic marriage. He was expelled from the country, but on the eve of World War I he returned, went to the Front, and commanded the Caucasian Division. Under his authority, Muslim volunteers showed great courage in defending Russia against her enemies. He proposed laws which were adopted after the February Revolution, abandoned the throne, was exiled to Perm, where in 1918 he died tragically.

Alexei Smirnov: If you restore the Ipatiev House, where would it be built?

Alexander Kapustin: Well, for example, near the Church on the Blood, where there is a lot of land, and certainly enough space. But what most people to not know, is that the foundation of the Ipatiev House is actually buried under the road. Therefore, we are not talking so much about reconstruction as that of a new construction.

Alexei Smirnov: Who could undertake the reconstruction of the Ipatiev House? Sponsors? The Russian Orthodox Church? The city? What would be exhibited?

Alexander Kapustin: I think that those wishing to reconstruct the building will eventually be found, and it does not matter who it is. Personally, I see it as an object of history, culture and architecture. We already have many places of worship for the Romanov family. For the majority of people, the Ipatiev House is associated only with the murder of the tsar and his family. But the mansion had a long history before this terrible tragedy. A new Ipatiev House would house an exhibition hall, a library with a reading room, a cultural and educational complex. In addition, another beautiful mansion to the landscape of Ekaterinburg would not hurt. The house, really, was very beautiful, I really liked it.


The Church on the Blood and the Patriarchal Compound in Ekaterinburg

Alexei Smirnov: But you understand that if the house is restored, it will automatically become a place of pilgrimage?”

Alexander Kapustin: Looking at who and for what purpose it will be restored. And there is nothing wrong with the pilgrims. They do not harm the house. And the capital of the Urals will receive an additional tourist facility. As with other historic buildings in the city, each house has its own history, it’s own individuality. The Ipatiev House is no exception, it is unique in terms of architecture and is already an important part of our history.

Alexei Smirnov: Recently an unfinished TV tower was demolished in Yekaterinburg …

Alexander Kapustin: I would not make any parallels here. The tower was a monument of mismanagement and irresponsibility. At one time, the authorities did not have enough funds for its completion and security. Yes, some people were angered by its demolition, but if it had collapsed, the consequences could have been terrible. I think that the dismantling of the tower was justified and logical, this is my point of view. Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev repeatedly tried to offer something, contests were held, but no one was willing to undertake the completion of the structure.

Alexei Smirnov: If a person or company comes forward, is the state archive ready to provide documentation on the Ipatiev House?

Alexander Kapustin: Of course! We are ready to cooperate with any organization, political party, the Russian Orthodox Church. Come, make copies of the documents, work, build!


Head of the Department of Archives of the Sverdlovsk Region Alexander Kapustin.

Alexander Alexandrovich Kapustin. Born 13 May 1955 in Nizhny Tagil. He graduated from the Faculty of History of the Ural State University. Initially, he worked as a school teacher, and then taught at a university. He is a Candidate of Historical Sciences (1986), and Head of the Department of Archives of the Sverdlovsk Region, since 1990.


Click HERE to read more about the proposal to reconstruct the Ipatiev House

Click HERE to read about the 40th anniversary of the demolition of the Ipatiev House and the exhibition Ipatiev House: From Destruction to Repentance

Click HERE to read about the Ipatiev House recreated in 3D (with video)

Click HERE to view colour photographs of the Ipatiev House

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 2 July 2018


Preserving the Romanov Legacy and the History of Imperial Russia


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Dear Friends of Royal Russia:

This letter is part of my annual Summer appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and admirers of the history of Imperial and Holy Russia. 

Established in 1994, Royal Russia has been a personal labour of love of mine for more than two decades, one which I am honoured to share with many others around the world on a daily basis. I am able to achieve this via my web site, news blog and through the publication of books and my two popular periodicals: Royal Russia and Sovereign.

I devote many hours each day, browsing Russian language media sites to bring you the latest news on the Romanov dynasty, their history and legacy, exhibitions, and more. Articles and news stories of interest are translated from Russian, and supplemented with photographs and videos.

In the past year, the Royal Russia web site has undergone a few changes. The Royal Russia News Archive, which was created in March 2011, now features more than 2,300 news stories, and thousands of photographs. The NEW Royal Russia News site was launched on 27th January 2018. It currently features more than 140 richly illustrated articles and news stories translated from Russian media sources and updated daily.

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This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


The entrance to Livadia Palace, Crimea

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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 145,000 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 30 June 2018:


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

East Cowes marks links with The Last Tsar

A century after their deaths, surviving descendants of the Romanov family are coming to East Cowes in July to dedicate a memorial which marks their link with East Cowes. From July 6 until July 8, East Cowes will remember with a new monument, an exhibition at Barton Manor.

How did the Imperial Russian Navy perish? + 15 PHOTOS

The tragic events of the early 20th century dealt a fateful blow to the Imperial Russian Navy. Its best warships were lost during the Russia-Japanese war and those which survived were swept away by WWI and the Russian Revolution.

‘Rediscover’ famous Fabergé eggs, frames at Hillwood this summer + 12 PHOTOS

A new exhibition “Fabergé Rediscovered” at D.C.’s Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, through Jan. 13, 2019

Moscow 100 years ago: Panoramic photos from the Romanov private archive

#Romanovs100, RT’s historical photo-puzzle project, has published some astonishing panoramic images from the Romanov private archive, taken when they visited Moscow in the early 1900s. See if you can recognize the city of golden domes in these weathered shots from the days of the Russian Empire.

3 foreign businessmen who struck it rich in Imperial Russia

Russia has always been a mysterious land for businessmen from abroad, but it proved to be a “golden land” for some who dared to try their luck here. Ksenia Zubacheva writes in RBTH

Moscow Kremlin in the 18th and 19th centuries + 12 PHOTOS

No, that’s not a mistake. Russian designers have meticulously recreated the look of the Moscow Kremlin in 1700 and 1800 – and you’re about to see what only our ancestors could. Georgy Manaev reports in RBTH

Portraits of Russian imperial women: Alix and Ella

Royal historian Elizabeth Jane Timms writes about the artworks by the fashionable German portrait painter and historical artist Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1860-1920) of Princess Alix of Hesse, later Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna and her elder sister, Elisabeth Feodorovna, ‘Ella’ Grand Duchess Sergei of Russia.

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The tricolour flag of the Russian Empire for “Celebrations” from 1858 to 1883, bearing the Russian coat of arms

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