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The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: Today at 05:01:22 AM »
Apparently they picked the name because of the 'Archie' comics. And Harrison...well, Harry's son.

I think the only way to settle it, if Russia ever does bring back the throne (constitutional obviously) is to usher in a new dynasty. The current Romanovs are so divided on the 'true ruler' that picking from any side would have backlash. Picking a ruler that is Russian, and primarily Russian sounds better to most people. Someone rightfully 'theirs' rather then someone who only possesses an nonfunctional title. Who's connection to their homeland died a long time ago and one they no longer share. The Romanovs can't really say 'no'; they have no power in Russia and their dynasty was founded the same way.

Of course it would probably be hard; if they don't pick someone in or connected to the government they would have to narrow their search. I don't expect them to start knocking on the doors like 'hello, want to be the Tsar of Russia?' but hey, have to start somewhere.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: what would you say...?
« on: May 18, 2019, 02:22:05 PM »
(me, crawling out of unactivity after forgetting my password and remembering it by typing in a random one on the first try months after trying to get back on originally) I LIVEEEE!

I would tell her everything, and probably tell her to take her children and run the minute she's able even if yes, she has to leave Maria behind (but Kerensky seems like the type of person to allow a recovered Maria and whoever of the staff stays to look after her to leave and join the family). Of course I wouldn't be able to stick around to personally oversee their safety and if I could I would tell her which playmate of Alexei's got him and Olga sick and eventually the other girls so he wouldn't be able to infect them if I knew his identity but unfortunately I don't.

But to your last comment 'however one must recognise that she was a contributing factor, especially given the influence she held with her husband'.

I used to believe as many do that Alexandra's influence on Nicholas was negative and he followed her every command without question. In actuality I have discovered Alexandra's influence was the best thing for Nicholas; the decisions people blame on Alexandra was actually his, not hers, and all of her decisions were actually good for the people. Alexandra is much shrouded in mystery and rumors back then that cropped up that are still believed now don't help. For example people believing she hated Ducky because Marie Pavlovna the Elder said in a letter it was her who exiled her son and Ducky (Marie did not like her one bit and blamed her for almost everything) when in fact she didn't-it was Nicholas who had warned Kirill before hand in a letter-and even pitied her, even afterwards they had frequent visits when they got back from their exile including Ducky being one of Alexei's godparents.

But back to her influence; here's some evidence by Romanov-professionals to back it up.

“It’s often said that he was under the heel of his wife, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, and that through her acted the evil genius Rasputin. No, no. Alexandra Fedorovna’s real influence on politics arose only in 1915, but even then her influence was far from domineering. This is clearly seen in their personal correspondence. The empress gave the tsar a lot of advice, but in reality, he ignored the majority of it. As for Rasputin, if we look at what advice he gave on domestic and foreign policy, almost none of it was put into practice. Yes, Rasputin tried to play in politics, tried to take the side of this or that power group, or rather, this or that person of authority. But his real influence was small.”

- Fedor Gaida (associate professor in the department of history at Moscow State University)

“Her influence on affairs of state was greatly exaggerated by her detractors. Nicholas never did anything he didn’t himself wish to do. Biggest example of this was Rasputin’s strong advice (he practically begged him) not to get involved in the war because If he does, it will destroy everything. Alix felt same. If only N actually listened to good advice then, but he didn’t. The point is - Nicholas listened to what they had to say, but in the end did what he felt was right. Sometimes that coincided with what Alexandra advised him sometimes it didn’t. But to say that he was her or his puppet, and that she actually had any serious influence on what happened, is absurd.”

- Helen Azar (author of ‘In the Steps of the Romanovs: Final Two Years of the Last Russian Imperial Family’ and several more Romanov books)

“Any normal person would voice his or her opinion to their spouse about things that are going on, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Even if that spouse happens to be a Tsar or king. In fact, it would be a bit weird if they didn’t. I doubt that Alix expected him to do as she said, and of course he didn’t. But she had the right to express her opinion and give advice as his spouse, the rest was up to him, he was the autocrat not her. Besides, we don’t know of whether he tended to use her as a sounding board, as a lot of spouses do for each other.

Personally I don’t think there is anything wrong with her expressing her opinions or even advising him, doing that alone doesn’t actually make it happen. As far as Rasputin, chances are that if Nicholas actually listened to his advice about the war, that would have saved him, his family and his dynasty. His advisors, who were supposedly so smart and politically savvy, all encouraged the war loudly, and he followed their advice. And look where that got him. Rasputin really nailed it, if ever N needed to listen to R and his wife, it was that one time.”

- Once more, Helen Azar

“Her ‘meddling’ in reality did nothing - the Tsar followed her advice on only a few occasions - it was analysed years ago on the Alexander Palace Forum and it turned out he followed her advice something only like only 6 or 7 times, and those times it was mostly with a good result. It was more the perception that she was meddling that caused damage to their reputation.”

- George Hawkins (co-author of a forthcoming book with Helen Azar on Grand Duchess Maria, also a translator of many Russian primary sources)

See? It was even talked about here years back!

He's a fictional Bolshevik created for the musical; his full name is Gleb Vaganov (his patronymic is unknown because his father's name isn't known). You know he's fictional because his father was one of the officers that killed the Romanovs in the basement (and we know one of them wasn't called Vaganov). Also according to the musical, Gleb had gotten close enough to make note of Anastasia's eye colour. Which to me is amusing, because out of all the children in Yekaterinburg who could have even gotten close enough (like Leonid Sednev) it had to be the future Bolshevik that loves her; it's romanticizing him a lot, I think.

And be highly offended of the fans, most who ship Gleb and Anastasia together-the same person who tried to kill her throughout the entire musical and even points a gun at her at one point. It doesn't help that the writers imply that Gleb loves her, even though nothing comes of it and the musical pretty much ends the same in the movie (he doesn't change the musical at all, especially his new found love for Anastasia; unnecessary, literally unnecessary).

But it's okay because Gleb is hot, and fetishing him is the best thing a fan can do. Forgot the millions who died, they mean absolutely nothing anymore (all sarcasm from me I assure you). What happened to Anastasia and her con man; better him then a Bolshevik who is related to someone who murdered her entire family right in front of her.

Like I say; it's like shipping Anne Frank with a Nazi. If that ever happened there would be so much backlash against the media that showed it that it would be cancelled or shut down in a span of a day.

But because Anastasia's story isn't as well known as the legend, no one has a problem with it.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:07:38 PM »
It's also a black and white drawing though not colored like Olga, Tatiana or Maria's are, unless they were colored 'recently' and not by Kaulbach.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
« on: December 29, 2018, 11:24:35 AM »
They were so afraid that they could lose Anastasia like Alexandra lost her mother and sister that they built a disinfection chamber in Peterhof so it didn't happen again. The fear was that great.

Having Fun! / Re: Yurovsky brought to today?
« on: December 09, 2018, 07:38:01 AM »
He won't have time to think at all; Tim will get to him first. :D

She would have arrived in the spooky month of October if she hadn't decided to stay in there. ;D

The Final Chapter / Re: One Hundred Years On
« on: September 28, 2018, 06:40:08 PM »
Nope, because the internet and some terrible organisations are preaching that vaccinations cause autism and other stuff, which is a complete, utter lie.

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: September 27, 2018, 06:27:40 PM »
Not from the newly found photos, but I haven't seen this photo before! I've seen Anastasia taking a picture in the mirror, but not both of the Little Pair!

Nicholas II / Re: Re: Photos of Nicholas II #5
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:44:43 AM »

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:40:11 AM »
One of Xenia's sons and I believe Tatiana? It could be Irina for all I know! I want to say Irina, because of the eyes, but I am unsure.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:26:00 AM »
Newly discovered photographs!

Alexei, Maria and I believe Nagorny?

A photograph we all know of Nicholas, Tatiana, Alexei and one of their cousins but much more clearer.

Alexei and three of his cousins.

Another clearer version of a well known photo.

You can view them and a few extra ones on the Guardians website, or just type in 'Romanovs' in Google and go to the news section.

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:20:40 AM »
Some newly discovered photos go on show at the Science Museum in London. The images were captured by Herbert Galloway Stuart, an English tutor to Grand Duchess Xenia's sons, between 1908 and 1916. They were unearthed by chance at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

Here's the one that features only Maria and one of her cousins.

Maria, Anastasia, Alexei, one of their cousins, an unknown lady and an officer.

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