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The most interesting thing about Quisling is that, if not for his later pseudo-Nazi beliefs, he might be remembered as a major humanitarian, having turned out a very influential paper on the Russian famine that persuaded the West to send huge amounts of food relief into the country.  There is also the possibility that he might have been a British spy.................................. 

This couple were apparently living in a Grace & Favour apartment in Hampton Court Palace in August 1940.  Can anyone advise who they were?

Phil Tomaselli

Any news on when we will actually see the book - it's nearly the end of May?

Phil T

I've recently acquired a copy of "Leakages from Watertight House" an unofficial MI5 cartoon book detailing humorous events from 1914/15/16 in the life of the British Security Service.

One cartoon, dated October 1915 is called "Presentskis" and purports to show cheap version of presents that "Our Major D" could take to the Russian General Staff.

Though indexing of these things in 1915 is peculiar in the British Foreign Office files (I've tried Drake (liikeliest id on Major D), Dansey (2nd likeliiest id), Missions. Presents, Gifts, General Staff and even Russia - all to no avail.  But I'm keen to find out if the Mission ever took place - and what was discussed.

If anyone has any ideas I'd be obliged.

Phil Tomaselli

The Russian Revolution / Re: Communist crimes - Link to a Web Site
« on: July 24, 2009, 12:02:46 PM »
Perhaps one day we'll see a website devoted to the crimes committed by the Romanovs against the Russian people - the idiotic wars they led them into, the failure to abolish serfdom until the 1860's, the exiling in Siberia, the crushing of attempts to build genuine democracy, the hoarding of wealth and building of huge palaces while the people starved - that kind of thing.  Not that I am or ever would be a Communist - but if I'd been born in Russia circa 1890, had been in the army as it fought and lost against Germany and had relatives working 15 hour days in the factories I might have thought differently.

Imperial Russian History / Re: Correct name for Murmansk
« on: June 03, 2009, 10:50:09 PM »
The British certainly referred to it at first as Port Romanov but by late 1917 were calling it Murmansk.  Alexandrovsk also had the final telegraphic relay station before the cable went underwater and, if memory serves me, some kind of research station.

Phil Tomaselli

At the risk of going back to the original question "how is it 90 years after their deaths they are still popular" I feel obliged to point out that 90 years ago they weren't popular - they were overthrown by a popular revolution.  As to whether they are popular now - no - most people haven't heard of them let alone have an opinion.  A certain group of us are interested in them, me included, but I wouldn't argue that I like any of them, apart from a peculiar attraction to Tatiana.  Most of us are just gawping spectators at the appalling train wreck that they led their country into and which their own lives became.

Phil Tomaselli

Imperial Transportation / Re: 'Stolypinki'
« on: May 01, 2009, 03:14:30 PM »
Very many thanks.

We do indeed have some fascinating people with odd and cuious interests and knowledge on this site!

Phil Tomaselli

Imperial Transportation / 'Stolypinki'
« on: May 01, 2009, 06:36:21 AM »
From what I can gather 'Stolypinki' were specially adapted railway carriages designed for the mass transportation of prisoners.  Looking from the outside like ordinary carriages they contained internal cages where prisoners could be held in groups under guard.  Originally used in the Tsarist period they continued in use throughout the Stalinist period and some were used to take Polish prisoners to Katyn.

Problem is, though I know of descriptions of them I'm unable to trace any photographs or even drawings.  Does anyonme know where any might be found?

Phil Tomaselli

I have come across a few references to Grand Duke Michael apparently turning up in Omsk (1918), near Archangel (1918), in the Crimea (1919) and Shanghai (the 1920's).  All seem to have been rumours among the White Russian community rather than an actual claimant - or does anyone know any different?

Phil Tomaselli

You could try reading: The wild children of the Urals. by Floyd Miller Published in 1966, Hodder and Stoughton which I believe covers the story.

There is nothing new in all the world.

Phil Tomaselli

I have a letter from one of the British Intelligence Mission officers (not one of those so far named as part of the plot ie not Hoare, Alley, Scale or Rayner) in which he rather coyly says that rumours have reached him that Rasputin was murdered by "The finest tennis player of his generation".

Alas there are no other clues as to who this might be.  I'm not aware that either Felix or any of the British officers named were great tennis players so can anyone think who this supposed suspect might have been?

Phil Tomaselli

The Final Chapter / Re: Murder or execution?
« on: December 09, 2008, 02:29:38 PM »
It was a Class War.  It was an execution (and no. I'm not a Marxist). 

The Final Chapter / Re: How close where the Romanovs to being rescued ?
« on: November 28, 2008, 01:55:25 PM »
There is a bucket load of information on this site alone about the Czech Legion, British & White Russian  rescue plots etc.  Why not go look instead of gossiping among yourselves.

Or why not go look for original material like the adults do?

Phil Tomaselli

The British took care not to allow very many White Russians (or Russians of any persuasion) into Britain post 1917.  Yet there was a Russian community here into WW2 - I have an abiding interest in these people and would be delighted to hear from anyone connected to, or interested in, these people.

Phil Tomaselli

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