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Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: March 27, 2004, 02:52:04 PM »
     I think that you made an excellent point!

    Regardless of the divisions within the Romanov family, they were still a family. The only difference between our families and the Romanov's is that their lives were played out for all the world to see. It is extremely hard for me to imagine that they would refuse to recognize or accept N&A or their children had they survived. I have to admit I was almost inclined to believe that Anna Anderson was Anastasia. This was until I read that GD Olga finally admitted that she did not believe that Anna was her neice. DNA did not convince me as much as GD Olga. I just couldn't see her doing this unless she was certain, and she had nothing to lose or gain.

    Thanks for that post.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Derevenko the Sailor-nanny
« on: March 26, 2004, 05:04:11 PM »
    I've owned The fate of the Romanovs for several weeks now and I think that it's a fantastic book.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Derevenko the Sailor-nanny
« on: March 26, 2004, 04:07:37 PM »
     Alexei Volkov did survive. I understand he was around sixty at the time. What exactly happend to him after he ran into the woods? How did he manage to survive?

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Derevenko the Sailor-nanny
« on: March 24, 2004, 06:09:11 PM »
Are you refering to Vladimir Derevenko?

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: March 23, 2004, 07:44:18 PM »
       I don't believe that a Romanov heir could be restored to a full autocrtatic position. If there happend to be a valid heir and that person did ascend the throne, I'm sure that their power would be purely cremonial. The function or practicality of even a figurehead monarch is questionable. However I don't think that the people of Russia have ever felt as united as they did under the Tsars. Such a thing as a leader that would represent a new Russia that has come to terms with her past could only be a good thing for the Russian people.

The Final Chapter / Re: New DNA article...
« on: March 23, 2004, 04:07:53 PM »
Interesting . . .

      It's kind of funny that you say any concrete evidence which contradicts that which we already know would be destroyed if it arose. Then you go and say Anna could not be Anastasia because of DNA. Well then according to your reasoning isn't it just as possible that the DNA test results concerning Anna and Anastasia were "fabricated" somehow. (I am not "claiming" they are)

     You are also "very sure" that the Russians have misinformed us about the Romanovs DNA. Well then what was Anna's DNA actually being compared to!

     Sorry if I come off harsh. I just noticed a few things I had to comment on.

The Final Chapter / Re: New DNA article...
« on: March 22, 2004, 01:21:29 PM »
I was just wondering what the American teams view is on everything.

Imperial Russian History / Khodynka Disaster
« on: March 16, 2004, 08:33:42 PM »
   Who is really responsible for the disaster at Khodynka field. Is it Serge? Or was he just a scapegoat. Was it insensitive of Nicholas to dance at a ball when so many of his subjects had just died? In the end, was it a better move to appease the French Ambassador or his own people?

   As far as I'm concerned Mathilde did what she could to live the good life. Good for her!

The Imperial Family / Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« on: March 14, 2004, 06:07:39 PM »
   I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I'm pretty sure most people in my family still believe we're in the midst of the Cold War. I've never heard anyone speak of Russia at all and I didn't know anything until I was around ten. At that age I stumbled upon a book about the Romanovs, a book which I forget, however that's what got me interested in the Romanovs. An anonymous book. Interesting.

The Final Chapter / The final destination?
« on: March 14, 2004, 05:55:53 PM »
   When Nicholas, Alexandra and Marie left Tobolsk, what was their orginial destination? I have heard that Vassili Yakovlev was supposed to bring the trio to Moscow. If so, why didn't this happen? Did the Ural Soviet really take matters in to their own hands. Why didn't Moscow insist on its original decision. What would have happend if they were taken to Moscow?


Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's prediction
« on: March 14, 2004, 03:32:39 PM »
I remember hearing somewhere that it was formulated by supporters of Rasputin. Not too sure though.

Did anyone see the documentary last night on Discovery Civilization called "Nicky & Alix". I wasn't able to see it all because I went out. However what I did see was very interesting.

Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's prediction
« on: March 14, 2004, 09:41:00 AM »
Yes, I thought as much. Thanks for confirming it's "authenticity".

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