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The Producers can just appropriate her name with no cost to themselves to sell more movie tickets. It's about as crass as it comes.

I spoke to Greg King today and he is working on his Mayerling book. While I am not privy to his plans, my best guess is that he is not going to do anything on Russian history anytime soon.

Because of the nature of this trip, being secret, you will not likely find official documents which mention this trip, if it did happen. The documents that are available are mentioned on this thread and in many cases in GARF.

I'm sorry we couldn't be more helpful to you with your paper.

The Final Chapter / Re: A Question from a Friend
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:21:30 PM »
Hi GD Sophie: I first heard about the Imperial Family in 1965, when I was 11 years old - over 50 years ago! Like many of you, including maybe your friend, I had trouble accepting that they were all dead that horrible night. So I started studying and I haven't stopped since.

As to the question of whether it was possible that someone survived, of course, the answer is yes, in the knowledge that nearly anything is possible. But that isn't really a well considered question. What would be better to ask is: is it probable that someone survived?

In my opinion, the answer is unequivocally no. It is not probable. I have looked at this crime from many angles. I've had charts all over my house, pages of notes. No, as much as many of us would hope, no one survived. And I tend to think that no one who participated in these killings or who has studied these crimes really emerges unscathed, they were really that horrific. Again, this is my well considered opinion and your friend is welcome to ask others.

« on: August 21, 2017, 04:39:31 PM »
I received an email this morning from Greg King, author of FOTR:

The bit about Marie flinging herself against the storeroom doors and pounding on them, trying to get them open, was from Kudrin's 1963 statement.  So only the storeroom door at the end of the room.  And he says as soon as this was noticed Ermakov shot her - probably the wound in the thigh (given that I'm still absolutely convinced that the skeleton exhumed in 1991 was Marie's, not Anastasia's, who was only found ten years back), as he aimed beneath the smoke.  And Marie slumped to the floor (though hadn't yet suffered any fatal wounds).

I hope that helps clarify!

So Marie did try to escape the murder room and was shot in the leg, likely by Ermakov, according to Michael Medvedv-Kudrin. This is not corroborated by any of the other killers. Also, the killers had little interaction with the grand duchesses while they were alive, so I am skeptical of the specific identification.

« on: August 20, 2017, 09:33:34 AM »
I fail to see how Maria Nicholievna could have possibly run to a door and tried to get out of the murder room. I can double check with Greg King, but I don't recall ever hearing about this. The killers would have blocked the entrance door and they could scarcely have identified individual daughters under the best of circumstances, let alone in a smoke filled room.

I'm sure the British Royal Family later regretted not allowing the Romanovs asylum. At the time of the February Revolution, Empress Alexandra was very much disliked in most foreign countries, including Britain. She was not then regarded as a victim of the Revolution as she would be later.

But I consider it imperative that the responsibility for the murder of the Imperial Family be placed where it belongs - on the Bolsheviks, who ultimately killed 10s of millions of Russian people.

I would say "no" in answer to your question. I'm sure Alix could be mean on occasion - she was only human - but I've never heard her described this way. Both the Hesses and the Tecks were rather poor by royal standards. Those responsible for the murder of the Imperial Family were the Bolsheviks.

The laying of flowers on the grave of the mass murderer Ermakov was reported in 2014 - three years ago.

Congratulations, Margarita!

Nicholas Romanovich was succeeded as President of the RFA by his brother Dmitri Romanovich. Dmitri died on 31 December 2016.

With his death, the Nicholievichi branch of the family becomes extinct in the male line.

In deference to Prince Nicholas Romanovich, the RFA at present does not have a formal head or President.

She was so beautiful - I am so sorry the Bolsheviks found it necessary to murder her.

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: Offers of Asylum - How Many?
« on: April 09, 2017, 10:06:57 AM »
She likely had incomplete information as the Bolsheviks were liars and felt no obligation to tell the truth. What I'm certain about is that her offer did not include Alexei, as in her view, he was heir to the throne. I'm not sure her offer excluded Marie as the information she had was the girls had been left behind in Tobolsk, not necessarily that Marie was no longer there with her sisters.

Also, just as in other cases, I do not remember where I read this. I had the same thing happen when I said I was sure that Dmitri Pavlovich's diaries were at Harvard. I looked through books for years for the citation to no avail. Then I met DP's grandson online and he was able to confirm that indeed, Dmitri's father had donated the known diaries in the 1960s to Harvard. And I've still not found the book where I read about VMH's offer to take in her nieces.

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: Offers of Asylum - How Many?
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:38:12 AM »
Victoria Milford-Haven, Alix's sister and the girls' maternal aunt, heard that the girls were left alone in Tobolsk and it was then that she offered to bring them to England. The family was reunited before anything could be done.

Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Mihai of Romania and his family
« on: April 08, 2017, 01:45:50 PM »
Thank you to our FA for his friendship and support.

I would like to clarify that I have been acquainted with various members of the Royal Family over many years and have nothing but respect for all of them, including Prince Radu. I don't know why DavidH has behaved as he has, but I have tried to explain my reasoning and remarks to the best of my ability.

Above all, I would like this family to endure past the current generation. I just don't know how that will happen given the current circumstances.

I fail to see how saying I think Prince Radu wants to be King is so offensive. He's married to Crown Princess Margarita and if the monarchy is restored, he will be King of Romania if she ascends the throne after her father. Radu has never given me the impression he is anything but completely devoted to the monarchy, King Michael, his wife, and his country.

The foregoing is my opinion, and if you don't agree....well there is no reason to keep this going.

Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Mihai of Romania and his family
« on: April 06, 2017, 10:52:44 PM »
Let's look at the facts:

1. King Michael, who is elderly and ill with cancer, is the only male dynast currently part of the Romanian Royal Family. He currently spends much of his time in Switzerland due to illness.
2. The only other potential male dynasts, who according to King Michael are the only ones who can succeed their aunt, Margarita, are Nicholas Medforth Mills, formerly Prince of Romania, and his cousin Michael Kreuger.
3. As Michael's designated successor, Margarita is past childbearing age.
4. After her father passes, she will either have to name one of her nephews her successor or allow the dynasty to become extinct.
5. Therefore, in order to survive, this dynasty will have to name one of the two young men heir.

None of the above statements are opinion, they are facts.

Clearly, from 2007 through 2015, according to the family statutes, the heir after Margarita was Nicholas. Again, this is not an opinion.

What was an opinion was when I said "I have the impression that Radu wants to be king". Now this was clearly subjective, and on this point, I told you we would have to agree to disagree.

Also an opinion was that Nicholas had a falling out with Radu. This statement is based on what I have been told by individuals who know all the parties involved. If you choose to not believe me, so be it.

But I see no reason to belabor these points as I have provided what explanations I see fit.

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