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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: March 03, 2017, 05:06:18 PM »
My apologies, the misunderstanding was mine. Stupidly I did not read the topic header. I'm very sorry.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: March 01, 2017, 05:18:04 PM »

people always forget about the main APTM website.  :(

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: I think this is a fake item...
« on: March 01, 2017, 05:55:52 AM »
The quality of everything about this piece indicates it is an utter and complete fake. Fabergé never made anything painted, much less painted so badly. As mentioned the "Italy" signature also indicates a total fake. Every word of the listing is a deliberate deception. There should not be the slightest doubt of the fact of this being a deliberate fake of dubious quality and zero provenance.

To use a Death Camp victim of the Nazis to "legitimize" this fraud adds insult to injury.

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: Offers of Asylum - How Many?
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:17:23 PM »

Didn't the Kaiser make an offer to take in Alexandra and the girls?

Not quite. As part of the negotiations for the Bolshevik Russia withdrawing from the War, Germany insisted on Russia granting "the safety and protection of all of the Princesses of German blood" ie: Ella, Alix and the Grand Duchesses.

Nicholas II / Re: The Romanov bloodline decending from 4th century AD
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:33:01 PM »
your comments you show you are unable to understand. If you are able please continue with your negative comments, nothing else is expected of you.

"retreat to theatrical bleats of indignation when confronted that no rational person actually gives a crap about all of this earlobe nonsense and the unsupported "evidence" which shows nothing at all.

Just so you know, I have a post graduate degree and have been studying this subject for some years now. I understand it quite well, especially after speaking with several of the DNA scientists who did the Imperial Family remains DNA. Your snotty attitude proves you are the one who deludes itself into pretending you understand, when you are truly clueless.

PS: You are getting close to being banned from this Forum permanently and every post of yours deleted.  So you might wish to take that into consideration. This ability is in my sole discretion and one of my duties here.

Nicholas II / Re: The Romanov bloodline decending from 4th century AD
« on: February 23, 2017, 02:13:55 PM »
We need to design a sarcasm emoji or special sarcasm font. :-)

Nicholas II / Re: The Romanov bloodline decending from 4th century AD
« on: February 23, 2017, 12:10:56 PM »
His nearly un intelligible English confuses me. Most Canadians don't write like English is a third language for them.  The evasion of answering direct questions, lack of genuine evidence and sheer lack of grasping how DNA works and what it can can't show also confuse me.

But, then this one is just another pathetic excuse of someone who's life is so empty they have to create some fiction of making themselves connected to "royalty" and retreat to theatrical bleats of indignation when confronted that no rational person actually gives a crap about all of this earlobe nonsense and the unsupported "evidence" which shows nothing at all.

I'd suggest giving this royal wannabee a clear berth, attempts at rational discussion went nowhere some time ago. You are wasting your time giving this any oxygen at all.

Nicholas II / Re: The Romanov bloodline decending from 4th century AD
« on: February 19, 2017, 04:45:44 PM »
You have just destroyed any hope of credibility you may have hoped to have had.

"Clovis was born in 466 AD  and not in the 5th or 6 centuries"

Major problem Mr. "alleged expert", The 5th century is the time period from 401 to 500 in accordance with the Julian calendar in Anno Domini / Common Era. THUS 466 is the 5th century.  If you do not possess even this minimally basic knowledge, then you fail utterly to demonstrate any skill whatsoever, tainting all of your blather.

Forum Announcements / Re: need help with photos of the GARF
« on: February 19, 2017, 11:56:42 AM »
No, files can not be attached to a PM. They have to be sent email.

Nicholas II / Re: The Romanov bloodline decending from 4th century AD
« on: February 14, 2017, 01:01:10 AM »
This vonEbert whoever it is, is another fantasist, who believes in fairy tales, like the "Anastasia" survivor theorists. Don't waste your time engaging this entity. It only believes what it wishes to believe and will grasp onto any detail that suits, rather than analyze the facts. I gave up on this lunatic ages ago and suggest you do the same. Let us face it, all it can do is send you to a "Facebook" page, which is reliable how? It isn't. So judge accordingly.

It wants to believe only what it wants to believe. Reality is meaningless to it.

Prince Vladimir Petrovitch Metchersksi, Chamberlain of His Majesty's Court, owner and editor in chief of the newspaper "Grazdanyin" ("The Citizen" weekly monarchist newspaper in Petersburg, pretending to be reactionary) Prince Metcherski loved Emperor Nicholas II as both the monarch and the son of Alexander III, with whom he had had a great friendship since his youth, starting when Alexander Alexandrovitch was still Tsarevitch.
   In the Prince's office one could see a portrait photograph of Tsar Alexander III with the following dedication: "In memory of past years and of our evenings. Your devoted, Alexander."
And on the photograph of Emperor Nicholas II, given to the Prince on January 14, 1910, was inscribed:
"To the indefatigable combatant for the maintenance of the historical foundations necessary for the continuing development of the Russian State."
   The Emperor respected the Prince as a friend of his father, great patriot and personal friend.  He often desired to know the Prince's opinions on political matters, but always guarded his independence.  The Emperor called him once "the Minister without a portfolio." However, there were two matters which the Emperor prohibited the Prince from touching: the Jewish question and external politics. There were what the Prince himself called "the forbidden circle."

Be careful of the modern Australian translation. The original French uses many 19th century idioms and terms which require contextual translation. Having read the recent translation, I found it lacking, sloppy  and unfamiliar with the contemporary idioms, vocabulary and contextual usages of the text. It is only a vague guide and misses the details

I have posted this before, but it seems to be on point to quote this again. From  Spiridovitch  "Last Days of the Court at Tsarskoe Selo" Payot Paris, 1927. Vol 2 Ch. 19 (my personal translation from the original French)

That time the Prince had prepared for the audience with a great unease.  He noted down on a small piece of paper all of the points he wanted to mention to the Emperor. As number 8 on the list was the question of the Jews and number 9 was external politics, Bourdukov asked him:
   "Why are you going to ask these questions as the last ones?"
   "It is because they are the most serious ones" the Prince replied, "I am going to everything possible to tell the Emperor my thoughts, and my opinions. But at the same time I am afraid that the Emperor will be displeased that I have ventured into the forbidden circle.  You know well that every time I have tried to touch on the question of the Jews, the Emperor has become angry and for some time afterward would change the tone of his letters written to me. But, I have very little time left to live, and I must tell my beloved Tsar the truth one last time.  I greatly love our Minster of the Interior, Maklakov, but he is quite wrong on that matter.  He is very young and quite presumptuous, and I will speak out this time against him.  I will warn him.  His obstinance is harmful to the Emperor.  Many measures against the Jews must be eliminated as useless, fictitious, unreasonable and quite harmful to the Supreme Power."
   At six o'clock, the Prince, in a Chamberlain's uniform with the cross of St. Vladimir around his throat, took his place in his friend's automobile.  The Prince had been given the rank of Chamberlain when he was only 26 years old, and the cross of St. Vladimir was the only order he ever got, 3 years earlier, for his birthday.
   The automobile broke down twice on the way, which the Prince took to be the most evil omen, and said that he would never succeed before the Emperor.  At 7 o'clock he arrived at Peterhof at the home of their friend Admiral Nilov.  The handsome Court carriage already waited for the Prince and several minutes later, he left for the Alexander Palace.
   It was 8:30 when the Prince returned to Admiral Nilov's home.  He was emotional, excited and nervous as he had never been.  His face was red, his eyes feverish, his front covered in sweat.  Breathing heavily, the Prince abandoned his cloak to the lackey and fell heavily into an armchair.
   "You are tired Vladimir Petrovitch" Nilov said.
   "Not tired, but I do not feel well. I seem to have a fever…and I was quite agitated during my meeting with the Emperor…" the Prince responded.
   "It is time to die" he then said, after a small pause, "I am tired of living…Do you understand what I wish to say? Life itself weighs heavy on me.  It is time for me to go…for me to rest…."
   The dinner was gloomy.  Conversation languished.  After dinner, the Prince embraced the Admiral, kissed the hand of the Admiral's wife and invited Nilov to his home in Tsarskoie Selo, and then left with Bourdukov.
   In the car, alone with just his friend, the Prince sighed profoundly.
   "You don't know, my friend, how difficult it was to speak to the Emperor…Even thinking about that reception is painful for me...I spoke about the Jewish question. The Emperor listened to me without interrupting me and with great attention.  From time to time, in his kind face, I saw the shadow of displeasure.  I did everything I could to force him to respond to me.  But he kept silent.  Knowing well his intelligence, the fineness of his spirit, I was wounded that he did not want to face the evidence.  When I had finished with the Jewish question, the Emperor thought for several minutes, looked me fixed in the eyes and slowly smiled as if he wanted to soften his response, said to me: 'Excuse me, my old friend, but I am not in agreement with you.  I thank you very much for the advice which you have given me and which has been dictated by your devotion to me, by the love for our Mother Russia, but…you know that it is often that I do not wish to follow your advice.  I must take into consideration many other circumstances which you do not know about, which escape your attention…My responsibility towards Russia is so great that I do not have the right to consider a question of such great importance to the State on just one side alone, although I should find it personally desireable. You do not know all of these circumstances which I do, which I do not have the right to ignore, and which, quite to the contrary, I must take into consideration…"
   And the prince continued to convey to his friend his opinions on this question which was so serious and so complicated.
   On the subject of external politics, the Prince recounted:
"I had told the Emperor the idea that Russia must take its proper and definitive position in Europe, and in the Balkans without becoming enmeshed in the conflicts in Europe, although this must be dictated by humanitarian interests.  The external politics of Russia must be less sentimental, more independent and more self centered in the point of view of Russia itself and of personal interests.  I told the Emperor that Europe desires only the blood of Russia, that Europe wants only to weaken Russia, and I begged the Emperor to not become involved in the Balkan matters.  The Russian-Turkish war had cost a million Russian lives and all we had received in compensation was the ingratitude of one, the treason of others, and ill will.  I recalled the attitude of Europe at San Stefano, and in Berlin, and I begged the Emperor to put a good end to this lesson of history.
   "The Emperor listened to me as he always listened to everyone he received.  At moments, it seemed to me that he was ready to speak his agreement…But in vain…When I had finished, he have me his hand, embraced me as always, and said to me:
   'And all the same, I must think about all of this.  It is too serious, that I should give you a response immediately, I hope that we are going to meet again soon and as soon as I have the opportunity to free up several moments in my affairs for my old friend, I will do so. Good bye."
   The Prince was desolate.  The audience had ended without result.
   Being unwell during the springtime, and becoming then more weak, he was because of his ill health, stricken with pneumonia, and his health had become hopeless.  Two days before he died, the Prince refused to take medication. That evening he asked for pen and paper. 

Marie Feodorovna / Re: Film footage of Marie Feodorovna?
« on: January 31, 2017, 03:39:49 PM »
There are no known audio recordings of MF. We do know she had a gramophone and that Nicholas and the children recorded their voices for her, but those recordings probably no longer exist. We have no evidence MF recorded her voice, but it could have been possible. Nothing has ever been found nor reference made to it.

The Final Chapter / Re: The Jewels
« on: January 21, 2017, 02:58:35 AM »
The Bolshevik government refused to acknowledge the murders even happened and found nothing of the Nicholas II era to be of any "historical value".  They just dumped the stones into the large bags of similar size/color/quality diamonds and the gold was melted down with any other gold they had at the time.  There never was a way to identify the origin of the diamonds much less the identity of the original owner.

The Soviet regime kept pretty much the same attitude.

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.

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