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Russian Noble Families / Re: Counts Sheremetev
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:07:05 AM »
Thank you father,

The reason I wanted to know is because in the website of St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas, they have a biography of the Royal Martyrs and there's a story there ascribed to Count Sheremetev, which I would think has been taken from his Memoirs. So, I just wanted to make sure. It starts like this "In 1915, the following event described by Count Sheremetiev took place when the Tsar and his family arrived in Sebastopol:...". Here is the link:

Thanks again for your help.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Counts Sheremetev
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:32:32 AM »

Does anyone know if any extracts from the book by Count Dmitri Sergevich Sheremetev: Rare Memoirs of Tsar Nicholas II by Count Sheremetiev 1936 have been translated in English?

I just came accross this book, published last year. Has anyone read it? It's just 56 pages. Publisher's note:

The spiritual diary of the saint Tsaritsa the Passion Bearer is a treasure that has been kept under wraps for a long time. If it is to reveal to the reader the truth about her pure soul, it is sure to become not as much a historical discovery as a religious one. The original diary from 1917 is a small book bound in fabric with a light blue cover sewn by Alexandra Fyodorovna herself and with a small cross embroidered in the corner. On the inside of the cover, written by the hand of Her Majesty, is a simple “Alix, 1917.”

Anyone who knows anything about it at all?

Amazon link:

News Links / Re: Iron Felix statue
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:58:10 AM »
Do you habe any link to the relevant announcements etc.?

The continuous presence of the martyrs throughout history -and especially in the 20th century- is not any sort of mere lyricism, but is a historical fact which proves the quality and the real dimensions of the Church. After 70 years of persecution, the Russian Church is free and strong. That is a fact. From there on, it is not my intention -and I shall not do so- to criticize the personal lifestyle or the motives of any certain present-day Church leader. The human weaknesses of any individual, be it a Church leader or any other member of the Church, cannot and do not affect the holiness, the integrity, and the solidarity of the body of the Church.

Furthermore, the issue of this topic is not the relationship between the Orthodox Church and the government. That is a vast subject which started 2000 years ago, has been formally established by St Constantine in the fourth century, and has developed in the course of history according to the surrounding reality of each epoch -all down to our times. The issue of this topic is the unjust criticism of the Royal Family. Obviously, some people are criticizing the Royal Family because they are frustrated with the condition of present-day Church and government. However, regardless of the merits of those frustrations, they cannot justify attacks on the Royal Family. It was in that perspective that I have tried to show how and why Nicholas and Alexandra have become saints: not as the result of any cultural pursuits of the Church, but through their own great spiritual efforts.

The Final Chapter / Re: Ipatiev house photos (interior & exterior)
« on: September 02, 2017, 04:45:18 AM »
Watch the video here:

These sort of public displays and 'campaigns' by politicians, and particularly a circus of Orthodox leaders, are common, as they scramble to stake a 'claim' on an element of 'Russian culture' in the public eye.

The Orthodox Church has no need of presenting “circuses” to the people of Russia, or any other nation, for any reason at all. The voice of Her martyrs, who have shed all their blood during the new Babylonian Era of 70 years under the communist yoke, still echoes -and shall always do so- and its sound reforms and regenerates the hearts of millions of people all around the world.

Orthodoxy IS culture itself, and claims no cultural portions from the plates of any bankrupted social or political factors. It has survived through the worst hardships the world has ever known, throughout history, and its legacy is far beyond the understanding of any modern “thinkers”.

It is only so easy for anyone -sitting in his warm and safe corner- to say that Orthodox leaders consist a “circus”, struggling to promote themselves and their Church in the public eye. But I wonder how would such people react in facing death, and the cruellest of kind. I consider it needless to present a list of the countless Orthodox leaders who gave their lives during the communist persecution. And if one was to say “well, back then the quality of the Church’s leadership was different”, I would remind him that this has always been the argument of the spirit of cowardice in the world, which has always been humiliated by the facts themselves, when history tested the quality of the Orthodox souls, be it at the level of leadership or that of common clergy and laity. That said, it does not mean that exceptions do not exist. Nevertheless, exceptions are just that: exceptions.

The ROC has attempted to resurrect him as a martyr, without fault, something we all know is not the case, at least when it came to his political leadership.

The Orthodox Church has never claimed infallibility for any of Her saints. On the contrary, sanctity, according to the Orthodox doctrine is a dynamic procedure, in the course of which, those who struggle spiritually do fall repeatedly, only to time and again stand on their feet and continue their journey in repentance and humility acquired through the understanding of their human weakness. That is what then becomes the unfailing trust in God's will, a property of the most noble spirits before the eyes of God. And that is exactly what Nicholas and Alexandra achieved in their own lives, which was so wrongfully considered, by those not understanding Orthodoxy, as religious fatalism.

Nevertheless, Nicholas and Alexandra surrendered themselves and their whole life to the will of God, even unto death, in the most spiritually perfect degree and thus -regardless of their human errors, unavoidable for all created beings- they reached the level of that kind of faith which overcomes death and renders the bearers of it living vessels of the grace of God in eternity, in a word: saints.

The Final Chapter / Re: A Question from a Friend
« on: August 23, 2017, 08:22:14 AM »
I fully understand.

Unfortunately, I think, this issue will always keep coming up, especially every time a new generation “joins in”. The story of the IF is so appealing that it will always raise good-hearted doubts. I think we should be open and receptive to their questions and thus provide a serious, sober, and gentle answer to them. In this way, we could prevent the perpetuating of this “X-file theory”.

As for my thought, as I wrote, it was just based on Radzinsky being a notable historian and investigator of the case -and yet expressing such a thought. Nevertheless, I fully agree that none survived that room.

Thanks for bearing with us all (well, at least some of us), Rob.

The Final Chapter / Re: A Question from a Friend
« on: August 22, 2017, 01:20:34 PM »
Believe whatever makes you happy.

I apologize if my post did not sound as it should. I don’t mean to be rejecting of what has been accepted. I just expressed a thought that has stayed with me a long time now, since reading Radzinsky’s book. I’m sorry…

The Final Chapter / Re: A Question from a Friend
« on: August 22, 2017, 02:00:37 AM »
Because Yurovsky said they stabbed and beat her with the guns to kill her. Go read his statements.

Hi Rob, I did read Yurovsky’s accounts, and I have not the slightest doubt that all of the family have perished that dreadful night. Yet, according to what you have written on another thread, which is really true:

Yurovsky wrote a lot of things that were contradictory or plain out lies. You must read his words with caution and scepticism. He was writing for his Soviet audience, not an accurate historical account.”

So, deep in my mind I left one little door open: I cannot feel sure that one or two members of the family were not still alive (half-dead) and were removed from the truck during the time it was left unattended at the burial site, -but of course, only to die a few moments later.

The Final Chapter / Re: A Question from a Friend
« on: August 21, 2017, 01:40:18 AM »
We know that the body either identified as Maria or Anastasia in the 1991 site had no bullet wounds in her skull, although Ermakov swore he finished her off with a bullet to the head, and that she was most likely the one to have been reported to have sat up and screamed when being carried out.

Tis question addressed by GDSophie remains unanswered. How come there was no bullet wound on the skull of the last girl to be identified?

« on: August 20, 2017, 10:27:55 AM »
I believe Helen Rappaport in "The Last Days of the Romanovs" reports that Maria tried to get through the locked storeroom door. And that Tatiana tried to get away from Yurovsky as he approached her for the final shot, and then Olga also tried to get to her feet to get away from him.

I haven't read Rapaport's book. From where does she gets such details?

Those responsible for the murder of the Imperial Family were the Bolsheviks.

Of course it is the Bolsheviks who hold the full responsibility for the murder of the family, but how would you explain Edward’s story of being an eye-witness of the incident when Queen Mary denied granting asylum to them? Gore Vidal writes that he was told by George V’s first son himself, Prince Edward, about his account as an eye-witness of the scene. Nevertheless, Vidal concludes that Queen Mary’s role in deciding the fate of her imperial relatives was ultimately based on justifiable self-preservation (out of fear for a revolution in England) rather than solely upon malice.

Has anyone else come across other incidents from Alix’s young age that suggest she was “mean” in the way she was described above?

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