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The Russian Revolution / Memories of Ivan Manukhin
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:28:36 AM »
I did not find on the forum the name of Ivan Manukhin. He was a doctor. Supporting the February Revolution, he treated Gorky. He later worked with monarchist prisoners at St. Peter and St. Paul fortress, including Anna Viroubova. I think he makes the link between Gorky and Mrs. Viroubova (see the memories of Mrs. Viroubova)

He left (brief) memories of his work during the revolution. I put the link. It's in Russian.

http://rulife.ru/mode/article/11/

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The Imperial Family / A hundred years ago...
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:31:40 AM »
A thought full of tenderness for the imperial family and those who, a hundred years ago, died with her.

Unfortunately, the tributes are too few. I regret to be so far from Russia, but I think of them on this day.

My English is too weak to express myself more.

Goodbye,

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The Imperial Family / Romanovs100 (1918-2018) : commemoration
« on: June 17, 2018, 12:28:13 PM »
I don't found the link on the forum to the commemoration of the centenary of the assassination of the imperial family organized by the GARF.

It's really awesome.

http://romanovs100.com/

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Nicholas II / Nicolas II, first unofficial Nobel Peace Prize
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:19:36 AM »
I believe I have not read this information in any publication concerning Nicholas II. It seems to me very important.

In 1898, Nicholas II proposed a conference for peace in The Hague. It took place in 1899 with the result:

- The prohibition of explosive bullets
- The prohibition of toxic gases
- The creation of Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague

After his death, Alfred Nobel had bequeathed 10 million crowns to the League for Peace of Ludwig Quidde, the famous German pacifist. This sum was endowed with a prize awarded to "the one who has done the most for the cause of peace". Nicolas II was rewarded in 1898. He was thus the first unofficial "Nobel Peace Prize", before Henri Dunant and Frédéric Passy in 1901.

A French link to a source:

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k5303859/f1.item.r=%22nicolas%20II%22nobelgen%C3%A8veligue%20nobel%20gen%C3%A8ve%20ligue.zoom

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Nicholas II / Rakoczi's Saber
« on: June 13, 2018, 02:08:37 AM »
An act little known to Tsar Nicholas II.

In 1896, Tsar Nicholas II returned to Hungary, for the commemorations of his millennium, the sword of George II Rakoczi (1621-1660), Prince of Transylvania.

The Russians had taken this saber from General Jozef Bem during the war of 1848-1849, and he belonged to the arms collections of the imperial court of Russia.

During the preparations for the Millennium of Hungary, a certain Dr. Szendrey arrived in Russia to make a list of interesting objects. Nicholas II agreed to lend the sword until August 1, 1896 for an exhibition.

While the sword was to return to Russia, Nicholas II decided to give it to Hungary shortly before his visit to Vienna.

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k529608v/f3.item.r=%22nicolas%20II%22.zoom

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Nicholas II / Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II
« on: June 10, 2018, 12:34:31 PM »
I'm sorry if there is already a topic about the coronation of Nicholas II, but I did not find anything.

The Paris City Council library has put online a photographic album of the coronation of Tsar Nicolas II. The photographer is Léonce Konosewitch (name in French). He was a photographer in Nikolayev (now Ukraine).

It is a gift from Russia to the city of Paris.

http://bibliotheques-specialisees.paris.fr/ark:/73873/pf0001147972?

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Nicholas II / Poems in honor of Nicholas II and his family
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:55:32 AM »
The Franco-Russian alliance has caused the writing of many poems in honor of the imperial family of Russia.

I found some poems.

This one comes from the french magazine Mascarille, March 1894, p.353.

A NICOLAS II

Quand l'astre éblouissant du jour, voilant sa face,
Derrière l'horizon s'amoindrit et s'efface
Les citoyens du Nord se livrent au sommeil :
Sombres, le cœur étreint de présages funèbres,
Ils pensent que leurs yeux, condamnés aux ténèbres,
Ne reverront plus le Soleil.

Mais voici que, soudain, l'obscurité recule,
La Nuit cède à son tour devant le crépuscule
Et l'astre reparaît plus brillant que jamais!
Les peuples, étonnés de le revoir encore,
Des hourras d'allégresse acclament son aurore,
Le cœur plein d'espoir désormais.

Ainsi — lorsqu'au déclin d'un règne grandiose
Ton père s'endormit dans une apothéose —
0 Tsar, tout l'Univers, affligé, prit le deuil.
Regrettant le héros abattu par la Parque,
On croyait que la Mort, en frappant le monarque,
Avait mis la Paix au cercueil.

Mais, éclairant la nue et dissipant le voile,
Voici qu'à l'horizon apparut ton étoile
— Et l'aube n'était pas celle d'un conquérant —
Ton premier acte fut un acte de clémence.
Le Monde, en saluant ton règne qui commence,
Comprit que tu seras très grand.

Digne fils du héros dont on te voit descendre
0 Nicolas ! tu suis les traces d'Alexandre :
Comme lui tu seras pacifique et humain.
Si ton sceptre est pesant, et lourde ta couronne,
L'amour de tes sujets, qui déjà t'environne,
Les feront légers à ta main !

EMILE DERNAY.

Emile Dernay was the director of the magazine Mascarille and author of popular songs.

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Nicholas II / Nicholas II and the soldier Bachourin
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:44:03 AM »
I create a new topic, to expose a beautiful anecdote about the Emperor Nicholas II.

In 1912, during the commemoration of the centenary of Borodino, a soldier named Bachourin was brutally escaped from the military ranks to head for the emperor. The event produced a great panic because the soldier was armed and no one had seen that he was making a claim. General Sukhomlinov finally succeeded in arresting him, but the emperor's horse was frightened and almost unseated the tsar.

The first part of the anecdote is reported by Alexander Spiridovich (Les Dernières années de la Cour de Tsarskoe Selo)

I found the continuation in Le Journal (n ° of November 13, 1912, p.4).

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k7625040g/f4.item.r=%22nicolas%20II%22.zoom

On October 23, 1912, Bachourin was sentenced to forced labor for life by military justice.

Finally, the emperor pardoned him on November 12, 1912. He explains in his ukase that it was because God healed Alexei. He wants to express his gratitude to God with a gesture of forgiveness. Bachourin is released.

Alexei had been a victim of a severe hemophilia crisis in October in Spala.

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Olga Nicholaievna / L'Olga (French pastry)
« on: June 08, 2018, 02:39:53 AM »
Hello,

In 1896, Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress came to France with Grand Duchess Olga. The little girl had a great success, and a French patissier invented a commemorative recipe to his name: L'Olga.

I found this recipe in the Journal des patissiers-biscuitiers (page 30) of 1899.

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6586261v/f8.item.r=%22nicolas%20II%22russie%20russie.zoom

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