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Does anyone know where I might be able to find this book:

http://www.dagmaria.dk/Irina_Demidova_Beside_the_Empress.html

It's the memoir of Timofei Yachik, a Cossack that served as a bodyguard of Empress Maria Feodorovna, and contains information on the escape of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and her family from Russia. I don't think it's available in English, but does anyone know where I might find it in Russian or Danish?

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I do apologize if this has been covered, but I've searched up, down, backwards and forwards for two days and haven't found anything.

Does anyone know where the guards were billeted in the Alexander Palace during March-August 1917, while they were guarding the Imperial family under house arrest? What rooms - or, if they were basement rooms, how were they accessed?

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Forum Announcements / Why can I suddenly not access the AP site?
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:05:11 PM »
Since yesterday, when I go to my bookmark for the main AP site, I get directed to the page for the Broughton Faberge exhibition, which ran nine years ago.  ???

The name forum.alexanderpalace.org works, which brings me here, but I wanted to go to the online books using just alexanderpalace.org, and suddenly I'm not able to.

Is there something going on?

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Imperial Russian History / the postal system and censorship
« on: April 07, 2010, 03:23:53 PM »
How did the postal system run under Nicholas II?  To what degree were personal letters censored, between ordinary citizens?  I would like to know about the average literate person, who wasn't part of the aristocracy or the nobility, who might send a letter to their father or sister or friend, during peacetime.

Were they opened? 
Were "offending" passages deleted? 
What did the letter look like when the recipient got it? 
How long might it have taken, vaguely speaking, to get from point A to point B?
Who was responsible for censorship of mail - the Okhrana?  The ministry responsible for post and telegraph?  Or was there another agency?

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I really hope I'm posting this in the right section...

I'm currently writing a historical-fiction novel for young adults.  My main character travels to St Petersburg, from Canada, in the summer of 1995.  I'm looking for someone who would have travelled there during this time period.  Someone who came from North America would be ideal for some of my information, and someone who came from anywhere would be able to help for other bits.

What sorts of things would she have had to take into consideration before leaving?

What would she have encountered upon arrival?

As a North American, a Canadian, would she have been well-received?  Would she have been relatively safe, or the target of bullies?  Not allowed to sew her flag to her backpack?

I'm sure I will think of other questions, but thank you in advance for any answers!

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Meet the People / If you are a tourist in Russia...
« on: November 20, 2009, 09:39:34 AM »
and you introduce yourself to a native, how would they respond?  Would they tell you their given name, or their given name and patronymic?

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Their World and Culture / name day greetings?
« on: November 18, 2009, 09:41:27 AM »
On a person's name day, how was that person generally greeted?

Here, on someone's birthday, we tell them "Happy Birthday!"  What would the equivalent be on someone's name day?

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Alexandra Feodorovna / does anyone have this photo?
« on: October 24, 2009, 11:15:56 PM »
I came across this video on youtube, and was struck by the photo of Nicholas and Alexandra at 3:45 in this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6anuFRl3B-8&feature=related

Does anyone have it, that I can add it to my collection?

Thank you!  : )

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Alexandra Feodorovna / It is my opinion...
« on: August 29, 2009, 10:12:36 PM »
...that anyone who intends to write anything about Alexandra Feodorovna, or Nicholas II for that matter, must read, as a prerequisite, Joseph Fuhrmann's book "The Complete Wartime Correspondence of Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra."

I'm convinced anyone would come through reading that with a different perspective.  Not the opposite of what they started with, maybe, but deeper.  It's too bad they don't teach from this book in high-school history, as part of the section on the Russian Revolution.

I've read far too much now (and I haven't really read all that much in comparison with some of you!) that just paints everyone involved with such a broad brush.  Reiterating all the same old garbage that was always believed.

Again, though, that's just my opinion.

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I just finished reading an article here:  http://www.kingandwilson.com/fotrextras/romanovchildren.htm

It's by Greg King and Penny Wilson - do either of them still post here?

My question has to do with the source list at the end of the article.  All the titles are abbreviated.  I'd like to expand my reading list with some of these sources.  Could someone please let me know where to find the full titles in the list?

Thanks!

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / book publishing question
« on: February 19, 2009, 11:37:09 AM »
If one is going to send a children's book, unsolicited, to publishers, do the illustrations need to be done first before the publishers will accept it?

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Alexandra Feodorovna / How do you interpret this poem by Olga Nicolaievna?
« on: February 11, 2009, 09:49:42 AM »
She wrote this and dedicated it to her mother, the empress, on 23 April 1917:

You are filled with anguish For the suffering of others. And no one's grief Has ever passed you by. You are relentless Only toward yourself, Forever cold and pitiless. But if only you could look upon Your own sadness from a distance, Just once with a loving soul- Oh, how you would pity yourself. How sadly you would weep.

I would cry if my daughter wrote that about me.  It troubles me.

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I hope this is in the correct forum.

In Russian, how would one have said "grand duke" or "grand duchess"?

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