Ekaterinburg Convent Receives Dr. Eugene Botkin’s Pocket Watch


Sister Eustache holds the pocket watch which was presented to the convent by Igor Svalov (left)

A pocket watch has been presented to the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent in Ekaterinburg, which, according to  its current owner, belonged to the physician to the Imperial family Dr. Eugene Botkin (1865-1918). The doctor was shot along with Nicholas II, his family, and three other retainers on the night of July 16-17, 1918 in the Ipatiev House.

According to the press service of the Ekaterinburg Diocese, on Sunday, November 4, the last guardian of the watch, a resident of Revda, Igor Svalov, solemnly handed over the watch to the Alexander Nevsky Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent. Svalov noted, that the pocket watch had been kept in his family for many years. His father told him that the watch belonged to the doctor of the Imperial family, and in 1918, while he was imprisoned in the Ipatiev House, he gave it to one of the guards in exchange for food. Many years later, the former guard handed it over to a distant relative with the words: “Take this watch, it crushes me.” The relative then bequeathed the watch to his son – Igor Svalov.


Is this the pocket watch of the physician to the Imperial family Dr. Eugene Botkin?

Svalov decided to give the pocket watch to the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent. It was the local nuns who helped the Imperial family in 1918, by bringing food to the Ipatiev house. 

The pocket watch and chain, includes an inscription, “Made by the firm of Georg Favre-Jacot, especially for Russia”. A study will be conducted shortly, to determine who exactly the watch belonged to.

“The watch has a number on the lid,” noted Sister Eustache. – These were produced from the 1870s to the 1910s. It was then, that the Swiss-owned company changed its name. Whether the watch belonged to Dr. Botkin himself, or perhaps a gift from one of his patients, we hope that it will be possible to obtain the name of the owner from the number. 

The pocket watch will eventually be exhibited in the convent museum, which is currently in the planning stage.


Icon of the holy righteous doctor and passion-bearer Eugene Botkin

Eugene Botkin served as the Court physician to Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and sometime treated the hemophiliac Tsesarevich Alexei, while in exile with the family. He remained loyal to the Imperial family to the end and was martyred with the on 17th July 1918.

The righteous doctor was canonized along with the Holy Royal Martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in 1981, and glorified by the Moscow Patriarchate on 7th February 2016. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 November 2018

Sovereign No. 7 – SPECIAL Tsar’s Days 2018 Issue NOW IN STOCK!


The No. 7 issue of Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II is now available from the Royal Russia Bookshop. Price $25.00 CAD + postage. We ship worldwide by Canada Post.


The first copies were recently made available at the International Nicholas II Conference on 27th October, in Colchester, England – selling out almost immediately!

This SPECIAL ISSUE is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Russia’s last emperor and tsar. It features 143 pages, 7 articles, and richly illustrated with more than 150 photographs.

This issue includes a summary of my trip to Ekaterinburg for the Tsar’s Days events in July 2018, with a 30-page album containing 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!

Click HERE to for more details on the content of this issue, and to place your order.


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 November 2018

New Memorials to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna


Memorial plaque to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in Darmstadt
Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society

No less than four memorials were established in Russia and Germany on 1st November – the day marking the birth of *Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. *Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, was born in Darmstadt in 1864.

Two monuments were established on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth in Pokrovsky-Streshneve, situated near Moscow.

A Divine Liturgy was performed by Metropolitan of Ryazan and Mikhailovsky Mark, followed by a procession by members of the clergy and parishioners of the church, at which the monuments to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, were consecrated. 


Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society

In the first sculpture (above), Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna appears as a young woman who seems to take a step towards the entrance to the church, having made her choice on the path of holiness, mercy and love for her neighbour.


Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society

The second sculpture (above) is located behind the altar of the church – the Holy Martyr Elisabeth Feodorovna sits on a bench in the attire of the abbess of the monastery.

The sculptures were made by the sculptors of the LIK workshop under the direction of  Alexander Ivanovich Lokhtachev from the city of Zlatoust.


Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society

On the same day a memorial stone (above) was installed on the grounds of the Holy Elisabeth Convent (below) in the city of Alapayevsk, near Ekaterinburg. 


Photo © Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society

The preparatory work for the construction of the church began in spring 2011, and in the autumn of 2013, the area was cleared. However, it was not until April 2015 that construction of the church began on the territory of the convent in the name of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna . The church was consecrated on 15th July 2018 by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.


On 1st November 2018,  at the initiative of the *Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), the grand opening of the Memorial plaque dedicated to the Holy Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, took place in Darmstadt, Germany.

*From 1905-1917, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna served as the second President of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. Her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was a founding member, and served as the first President of the IOPS from 1889 until his assassination in February 1905.

The opening ceremony was preceded by a Divine Liturgy at the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Present at the service were Abbess Elizabeth, Abbess of St Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane – where the relics of the Holy  Martyr, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna  and Abbess Maria repose – and Abbess of St Elisabeth Convent in Buhendorfe, the only female Orthodox convent of the German Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. 

Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, Sergei Stepashin, reminded those present that the year 2018 was declared the Year of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna by the decision of the Council of the IOPS . This year, the world remembers the mournful date – the 100th anniversary of the martyr’s death of members of the Imperial family and the Alapaevsk martyrs. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 November 2018


This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


PHOTO: a view of the ruins of the Lower Dacha (situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the Alexandria Park, Peterhof), as it looked in 1959.

During the Great Patriotic War (1941-45), the Nazis used the former Imperial residence as a base for its coastal defence. The building survived the war, and stood until 1961 when it was blown up by the Soviets – the Lower Dacha was left in ruins.

After their marriage in 1895, it was here that Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna spent their first summer together. It was also here that four of their five children were born, three daughters: Tatiana (1897), Maria (1899), Anastasia (1901), as well as their only son and heir to the Russian throne, Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (1904). It was also at the Lower Dacha that in 1914, Nicholas II signed the Manifesto of Russia’s entry into the First World War.

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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 171,000 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 3 November 2018:

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

The Ghosts of World War I: Still No Peace for Russia’s Last Royal Family + VIDEO

Of all the countries that fought in the Great War, none was perhaps more affected than Russia. Dissatisfaction at home over Russian losses in World War I led to Tsar Nikolai II’s abdication of the Romanov throne and, several months later, the Bolshevik Revolution, sealed with the execution of the royal family by the new Soviet authorities in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg. But as Charles Maynes reports, Russian attempts to bring closure to the Romanov story remain elusive even today.

‘Romanovs are role models’: Kremlin hosts conference marking royal family martyrdom anniversary

The descendants of Russia’s last emperor, officials from Moscow and other regions of Russia, Orthodox clerics and historians came to the State Kremlin Palace on Thursday for the annual readings, dedicated to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna and other members of the Russian royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

Royal riches from Russia + PHOTOS + 2 VIDEOS

Priceless gems and intimate portraits that recall the bond between the Romanovs and Windsors are the stars of a dazzling new exhibition ‘Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs’ which opens next month at The Queen’s Gallery in London.

Inside the Enduring Mystery of What Happened to Russia’s Imperial Jewelry

A look inside the Romanov jewelry catalogues that mother Russia doesn’t want you to see. Stellene Volandes writes in Town & Country

Which of the Romanovs holds the rights to the Russian throne?

After the fall of the Tsarist regime on March 2, 1917, those Romanovs who managed to escape capture by the Bolsheviks sought refuge abroad. Since then, several Romanovs have claimed to be the legal successors to the non-existent Russian throne, and they’re still arguing! Georgy Manaev writes in RBTH

The Romanov Family Tree: Real Descendants and Wannabes + PHOTOS & VIDEO

Czar Nicholas II’s immediate family were all murdered in 1918. But there are still living descendants with royal claims to the Romanov name. Sarah Pruitt writes in History

On This Day: Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Was Born

Royal historian Elizabeth Jane Timms writes about the birth of Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, born in Darmstadt on 1st November 1864.

What languages did the Romanovs speak?

The Russian royals were a multilingual lot: from childhood future emperors and princes learned at least two or three foreign languages. For some, even Russian seemed less familiar than European languages.

Meet the face of evil . . . 5 radical Russian women who dedicated their lives to overthrowing the Tsar

Murdering an emperor? Organizing a revolution? Spending 30 years in prison? Nothing was too difficult for these female revolutionaries who dedicated their lives to bringing down the Russian Empire.

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PHOTO:  Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna (born Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark, 1876-1940) and her two daughters Princess Nina Georgievna (1901-1974), and Princess Xenia “Tommy” Georgievna (1903-1965). London 1917.

Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna was the fifth child and second daughter of King George I of Greece and Olga Constantinovna of Russia. On 30 April 1900, Maria was married in Corfu to Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863-1919). George was shot along with three other Romanov grand dukes by the Bolsheviks, on the grounds of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg on 28 January 1919.

Nina was the mother of the late Prince David Chavchavadze (May 20, 1924 – October 5, 2014), a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, and author of several books including ‘The Grand Dukes’.

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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

Summary of Nicholas II Conference in England


Archpriest Andrew Phillips and Paul Gilbert, St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church

On Saturday 27th October, more than 100 people from 11 countries attended the Nicholas II. Emperor. Tsar. Saint. Conference in England.

The venue for the event was St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church in Colchester, Essex, which is situated about an hour’s train journey from London. It was truly meaningful and appropriate that the conference should take place at the Church of St John of Shanghai, who did so much for the glorification of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers.

This historic event brought people from no less than 11 countries: England, Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Vatican City, Russia and from as far away as Canada, America and Australia.

Among the guests was Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen), who travelled from Washington, DC for the event. His Eminence is a retired American Orthodox bishop who served as the primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) with the title The Most Blessed Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada from his election on November 12, 2008, until his resignation on July 7, 2012. Metropolitan Jonah was the first convert to the Orthodox faith to have been elected as the primate of the OCA.

On June 15, 2015, Metropolitan Jonah was released from the Orthodox Church in America in order for him to be accepted as a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.


More than 100 people from 11 countries attended the Nicholas II Conference

Greetings for the conference and its attendees were received by letter from Vice-Chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate  Archimandrite Philaret; Head of the Russian Imperial House Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna; and His eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.

The conference featured 5 speakers, who presented 7 lectures, some of which were dedicated to clearing the name of the much slandered tsar.  The days programme is provided below:


09:30             Registration

10:00             Opening prayer . Welcome and Opening Address

10: 15           Paul Gilbert

                     – Topic: A Century of Treason, Cowardice and Lies

10:45             Archpriest Andrew Phillips

                      – Topic: Why Nicholas II is a Saint in the Russian Orthodox Church

11:25             Break

12:00             Igor Krasnov

                       – Topic: Nicholas II and the Sacredness of a Monarchy: Truth and Myth Behind the Relations Between the Power and Christianity

12:30             Luncheon + tea/coffee served in the Meeting Hall


 13:30             Marilyn Swezey

                        Topic: The Romanovs Under House Arrest. From the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest

14:00             Archpriest Andrew Phillips

                        Topic: The Society of Tsar Nicholas II

14:20             Break

 14:40            Frances Welch

                       Topic: Imperial Tea Party. Family, Politics and Betrayal. The Ill-Fated British and Russian Royal Alliance

15:10             Paul Gilbert

                       Topic: Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia

15:45             Closing Words – Paul Gilbert

 16:00            ‘God, Save the Tsar!’


‘Romanovs During the First World War: Charity and Heroism’ exhibit

The Grand Duchess Elizabeth Romanov Society UK provided 10 exhibit banners from the society’s exhibition Romanovs During the First World War: Charity and Heroism. The exhibit featured photos, post cards and documents from the Russian archives and private collections. The exhibition was produced by GDER society, St Tichon’s Theological University, Moscow, and The Society of Card Collectors.  All the information in English. 

Holy Trinity Publications set up a table offering copies for sale of ‘The Romanovs’ Under House Arrest‘, co-authored by Marilyn Swezey, and ‘The Romanovs: Family of Faith and Charity‘, a children’s book by Maria Maximova. 

Royal Russia Publications also set up a table offering copies of ALL current and back issues of ‘Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II‘.

Special thanks to Father Andrew Phillips rector of St John of Shanghai Orthodox Church, for his enthusiasm and support of this event, and for the opportunity to use St John of Shanghai Church as the venue for this historic conference.

To my dearest friends Mike and Julia Carr, and David Clark for all their dedication and hard work in helping to set up the church and meeting hall, assisting with registration, book sales, lunch, teas and coffee, etc.


Please note that the Nicholas II Conference proceedings will be published in a special ‘limited edition’ of Sovereign next month. The No. 9 Conference issue will feature all seven papers + photographs. Copies will be available in late November from the Royal Russia Bookshop. Price: $25.00 CAD + postage.  NO advance orders or holds, sorry!

Given that the conference was held in England, it seemed only fitting the the cover photo of this special issue should feature Tsar Nicholas II, who served as Colonel in Chief of The Royal Scots Greys from 1894-1918.


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 31 October 2018

Monument to Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Established in Novy Oskol


On 24th October, a monument to Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (1895-1918), the eldest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II was established in the Russian city of Novy Oskol, situated 90 kilometers northeast of Belgorod.

Founded in 1905, the school was then named Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Women’s High School. Today, the oldest educational institution in the city, is simply referred to as Olginskaya High School. Funds for the construction of the educational institution were donated by the grand duchess herself.

The idea to perpetuate the memory of the eldest daughter of Nicholas II came about in March 2017 – click HERE to read article. At first school projects were created, and then a competition among sculptors took place. The best, according to the competition commission, was the work of Belgorod sculptor Boris Sergienko.

The sculptor said that he tried as accurately as possible to convey the image of the grand duchess, by studying old photographs, and archival materials.

The bronze monument which weighs almost 500 kg, was installed at the main entrance to the school building. Its official opening and consecration will be held in November, when the repair of the educational institution and the improvement of the adjacent territory will be completed. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 October 2018

“A lie undermines our society” says great-great-grandson of Emperor Alexander III


Paul Kulikovsky standing in front of a portrait of his great-great- grandfather Emperor Alexander III

A descendant of the Russian Imperial family, the great-great-grandson of Emperor Alexander III, Paul Kulikovsky, is convinced that there is a lack of reliable information about the last Russian emperor and the epoch of his rule for both Russians and foreigners.  Kulikovsky believes that the new English version the Tzar-family.com website will help foreigners have a better understanding of the life and reign of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

AiF-Ural: How important is this project today in the work of the Church for the return of the good name of the sovereign Nikolai Alexandrovich and the restoration of the historical memory of society?

Pavel Kulikovsky:  – I think that the Tzar-family.com web site is very important for a variety of reasons. First, I would note that in modern society, people are trying to get information quickly and easily, by accessing the Internet, not books, magazines, newspapers, etc. Therefore, the Church must be represented on the Internet to be one of the sources, and be part of the learning process. They must make it interesting and attractive, and by offering something which other sources do not offer. I also find it important to attract young people. Many young people do not go to church, therefore, in order to reach them, you need to find another way. Some may be attracted to history, others like stories about princes and princesses, and some are looking for role models. As soon as they find something of interest to them, they will find such information on the site.

A more serious reason is that there is so much false information, direct lies, myths, propaganda and half-truths about Emperor Nicholas II and his family making it is very difficult to find material which contains the truth.

These massive repetitions of false information over the past 100 years have made people think that these old stories are true. But, as many of us know, a lie will not be true, no matter how much you repeat it.

It could be assumed that this would cease when the godless Soviet regime collapsed. But nothing like this happened. Twenty seven years later, the Communists and their supporters continue this senseless repetition of false information. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to have a site that not only provides the truth, but is well known and respected as a reliable source.

You can deceive people for a long time, but not infinitely. Sooner or later the truth will prevail. One step in this struggle is to give people the opportunity to learn the truth, and this is, I think, what this site is doing – both in relation to Emperor Nikolai Alexandrovich and to restore the historical memory of society.

– This project is dedicated to the royal family, which is a model of relations both between family members as well as their relations with their neighbors and their Fatherland. How relevant is this family example for modern society?

– I think that in terms of family relations, the imperial family is in many ways a model for modern society.

What, in essence, is the task of any family? I believe that it is this social institution that gives the new generation the best chances for family happiness, that is, creating their own family. It is in the family that children must learn to love and care, understand what is right and wrong, and how to become responsible adults.

In this, the imperial family can be a source of inspiration. Members of this family were associated with wonderful relationships based on love and respect. In everything they did, they were guided by Christian family values. They cared very much about each other, and about other people. They considered charity not as a debt, but as something natural.

Over the past 50 years, the family, as an institution, has undergone dramatic changes, a transformation. The traditional family is being destroyed not only in Russia, but throughout the world.

For many, happiness now lies in having more and more things. Family time and energy is spent on the acquisition of wealth and less – on relationships and spiritual values.

An increasingly secularized society dilutes fundamental Christian values ​​and makes it difficult for people to understand the difference between what is right and wrong. In a sense, people have lost their sense of proportion. Moral standards are changing.

Having learned about the imperial family, they will see an alternative, perhaps they will change their life both within their family and in relation to their neighbors and society as a whole.

– On 14th October, the English version of the web site was launched. Why is this necessary for a foreign audience?

– There is a great interest in the royal passion bearers outside Russia, but for the most part people abroad do not know Russian, so the English version of the site will help those who are looking for reliable information.

In addition to the learning aspect, there are also materials on the site which elicit an emotional response — diaries, letters, and memories — and this can inspire some. Foreigners, too, need it.

I also think that it would be really good if foreigners could learn more about Russia and, in particular, the history of the reign of Emperor Nicholas II. I think it would be fair to say that in the West many historical books and textbooks are colored by communist propaganda. This English web site will present a different perspective on the reign of Nicholas II, and some people may be surprised by all the successes that have been achieved thanks to him and his character. This can change their perception of the personality of Nicholas II, Russian history and, ultimately, Russia.

Finally, I think that the English  site will present a positive image of Russia.

– Information about the members of the House of Romanov is an important component of the restoration of historical justice in relation to the Russian tsars in Russia. What else do you think should be done to eliminate the “white” spots in the history of the country?

– I think this problem has two aspects. One of them is the real “white” spots, when information about something is simply not available in the public forum, but it can exist. You just need to conduct research, and then publish the results.

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the murders of the imperial family, one “white” spot was studied. The question was whether it was possible to save the imperial family after the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II, and did anyone try to do this? At least two books in English were published on this issue, and this gap was unexpectedly filled.

What else needs to be done? I would like representatives of the Church to compile a list of gaps in history and begin a research program. Perhaps different groups of historians, students, and the church community can explore these white spots and report at the end of the year. Perhaps a competition could be announced, during which a prize would be awarded and, of course, their work could be published in the future.

Another problem with the “white” spots, is that some are actually painted in black. This is information that someone decided that the public should not know or remember. This happens when events are distorted by propaganda and lies, and the real facts disappear from people’s memory.

The Bolsheviks and the Communists have accomplished this in Russia, during the last 100 years.

Here I see a real problem, because if society is based on myths and lies, in the end it’s very difficult to understand what is right and what is wrong. People create life based on the concepts of interconnections and come to an opinion on the basis of false ideas. And this can undermine our whole society.

That is why it is so important to fill in the “white” spots. Provide people with the truth.

And this also happens with the participation of the Church. The difficulty is to encourage people to absorb and accept this information. As the old saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

And this is a real challenge. How to make people recognize that their knowledge of a particular subject is not 100% correct and perceived new information.

Maybe it is also necessary to provide training for journalists to reveal these myths, lies or fake news and urge them to reveal this or that as a lie every time it appears in the media.

Of course, a web site like Tzar-family.com can be used to refute lies and propaganda against Emperor Nicholas II and his family. 

Click HERE for more information about the Tzar.family.com English-language web site

© Information Agency of the Yekaterinburg Diocese / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 October 2018

The Russian Imperial House Issues Statements Regarding the New Series “The Romanoffs”


The original source of this article is The Legitimist web site

The Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House released today a Statement and a Clarification concerning the new Amazon Prime Series, “The Romanoffs.”

The series was developed, written, and produced by Matthew Weiner, an American, most famous for creating the internationally popular series “Mad Men.”

“The Romanoffs” is more like a series of loosely connected short films than a series. It is a collection of stories in which one or more of the characters believes that they are descended from the Russian Imperial Family.

Though the series is clearly fiction, the first two episodes have sparked controversy: the opening credits feature a gory recreation of the murder of the Imperial Family, who are now recognized as saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, and in the second episode, dwarf actors are used to portray the Imperial Martyrs in an humiliating sequence meant to be comical.

The Imperial house notes that it “does not wish to fan the flames of publicity,” but that it cannot stand by when such coarse and vulgar liberties are taken with the representation their relatives and ancestors.

The STATEMENT may be read HERE


© The Russian Legitimist. 17 October 2018

Monuments to Ella and Sergei Established in Nizhny Novgorod


On 11th October 2018, two monuments were consecrated in honour of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (1864-1918) and her husband, the founder of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IOPS), Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich (1857-1905).

The monuments were established on the grounds of the city clinical hospital No. 40, in Nizhny Novgorod, near the new Church in Honour of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna. The monuments mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, on 18th July 1918, who was murdered by the Bolsheviks near Alapaevsk.

The sculptures were made by Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, and Member of the Russian Academy of Arts Alexander Alekseevich Apollonov (1947-2017). Assistance in the manufacture of monuments was provided by the deputy of the Moscow regional branch of the IOPS, Alexander Panin. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 October 2018

New English Language Web Site Dedicated to Nicholas II Launched


A new web site Tzar-family.com dedicated to the last Russian emperor and his family was officially launched on 14th October 2018 in the Ural city of Ekaterinburg.  The new English site was prepared by the Ekaterinburg branch of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society

The site offers reliable information about the last Russian emperor and the era of his rule in English. It chronicles the lives of Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and their five children – Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsesarevich Alexei.

The creators of the English version, including professional translators, historians, journalists and priests, note that the translation of materials into English was conceived a year ago when they launched the Russian language website of Tsarskaya-Semya.RF. The subsequent appeals about the need for such a site for an English speaking audience, many of whom took part in the Tsar’s Days in the year of the centenary marking the death of Nicholas II and his family, convinced the creators of the demand for reliable English language resources.

The great-great-grandson of Emperor Alexander III Paul Kulikovsky noted the relevance of truthful information about the sovereign Nicholas II and his family not only for Russian society, but also for foreign audiences, who lack reliable information about the latest Russian the emperor and the era of his rule.


“There is a great interest in the Nicholas II and his family outside of Russia, where the majority do not understand Russian, so the English version of the site will greatly help those who are looking for the truth about the Imperial Family,” said Kulikovsky.

“I also think that it will be very useful if, thanks to the site, English readers can learn more about Russia and, in particular, about the history of the reign of Emperor Nicholas II. Many, I believe, will be surprised at the achievements of Russia in the era of his rule. Perhaps this will change their perception of the Tsar, Russian history and Russia as a whole,” he added.

The first visitors to the portal, while operating in test mode, were citizens of Great Britain. The parishioners of a number of English Orthodox churches highly appreciated the new resource and are confident that it will be in demand by an English-speaking audience.

The creators of the site note that the portal Tzar-family.com , as well as earlier the site Tsarskaya-Sem.RF , will be updated with new information on a regular basis. The English site will continue to operate in a test mode up until Christmas. Working with foreign experts, articles will be updated, while additional documents will be translated and published. 


The Russian language site Tsarskaya-Sem.RF , was created in October 2017 with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye. It receives about 30,000 unique user visits per month.

According to users, the project is interesting because of the diaries, documents and eyewitness accounts about the Imperial family. The visitor enters into a dialogue with each member of the family by reading their respective diary entries and letters. A special section of the site is dedicated to the achievements of Russia during the reign of the last Russian emperor.

The project is generously illustrated with photographs, creative works of members of the imperial family – materials provided by the Ekaterinburg Museum of the Imperial Family, public and private archives, Orthodox Internet resources. Since its opening, the site has been updated with new materials every week.

The main page of the site features a full-color image of all the members of the Imperial family. The “colorization” of the illustrations will continue with the support of specialists, in particular, the Moscow photo artist Olga Shirnina; the works of her historical photo-reconstruction “The Tsar’s Family in Color: the Image Disclosure” were recently exhibited in Ekaterinburg at the May Forum and in Tsar’s Days-2018.

Click HERE for the English version, and HERE for the Русская версия.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 October 2018