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The Final Chapter / Re: The Jewels
« on: January 21, 2017, 12:08:01 AM »
No way to know for certain, but highly doubtful given the huge number of gem quality stones in the Fund. You seem not to know that the Diamond Fund is the largest amount of diamonds on the planet.  Far larger than DeBeers, South Africa, Australia or England.  If Russia released all their stones to the free market the price for best quality diamonds would plummet to less than $100 per carat.

The Final Chapter / Re: The Jewels
« on: January 20, 2017, 10:57:45 PM »
No you misunderstand. The stuff on display at the Diamond fund is a tiny fraction of what is in the fund. Mostly the Imperial Jewels, not the personal items.  The Ekaterinburg jewelry was BROKEN DOWN. The loose stones put with all the others and the precious metal was melted for bullion. Very little remains intact of what Yurovsky sent to Moscow.

The Final Chapter / Re: The Jewels
« on: January 20, 2017, 06:09:13 AM »
long gone. Stones were put into the diamond fund, the gold melted, some sold.

Research Russian Roots / Re: Nicholas ll Diary entry of April 1,1892
« on: January 18, 2017, 07:10:19 PM »
Lady in Waiting to Empress Marie Feodorovna.

Forum Announcements / Re: New Users say Hello Here and ONLY HERE!
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:02:52 PM »
The Alexander Palace Time Machine Website is 20 years old, the Forum was started later.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Rasputin at Peterhof
« on: December 29, 2016, 05:29:11 PM »
Childrens' playroom in Alexander Palace.

The Imperial Family / Re: Imp. Family/Romanov's Family's Pets Links List
« on: October 22, 2016, 01:00:08 AM »
BEAR!!!!! Welcome home!

Nicholas II / Re: Question from my Uncle about Nicholas.
« on: October 11, 2016, 04:10:18 PM »
Nicholas read and reviewed all of his correspondence himself.  He never would have permitted anyone else to decide what he "should or should not read".  While N&A was a good book, it is no longer accurate as much new has been learned since it was written.  Much of it is now out of date.

George V had nothing at all to do with it. The human remains were taken by GD Kyril Vladimirovich, and according to GD Olga were buried in a "cemetary in Paris".  The other items ended up placed in a large box which was sealed into the wall of the Church of St. Job the Sufferer in Brussels where they remain as far as I know.

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That is the current new look.  Bob is designing a new larger logo to replace the old one, so there will be some cosmetic changes soon.  It was more important to make sure nothing was lost and upgrade the software, so those were the top priorities.  The look of the Forum was secondary and Bob will be making the change soon.

As you have probably noticed, the Forum looks a little different.  With HUGE Thanks to Cristian and Pallasart.  The entire database was backed up, so we lost nothing, and the Forum was upgraded to the newest  version of the software.

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Well, one theory is impossible.  At the start of the War, Nicholas II had all overseas bank accounts returned to Russia. Once the Revolution took place and Nicholas was arrested, his Russian bank accounts were seized. There was no access to the money and virtually no way to transfer large sums to England even if they had wanted to and it would have been nearly impossible to hand carry a large sum of money.  There were quite literally no accounts designated to support the Emperor in Exile, Nicholas had never been able to make such arrangements.  So, Bark was never paid off by that method anyway.  The Book "The Lost Fortune of the Tsars" is a comprehensive tracing of the Emperors money and wealth and pretty much it is all accounted for and there was nothing left.

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