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Ice Slides on Admiralty Square by the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg


Great post and illustrations!

Just a slight clarification:
In the Orthodox Church, the forty days of Lent are calculated differently than in the West. Thus, for the Orthodox, Lent or the Great Fast always begins on a Monday. Festivities would have to end by midnight on Sunday. And so, there is no Shrove Tuesday, or Ash Wednesday.

No, it's from the Khitrovo Papers, which we had access to, but which are now in GARF.



From Tobolsk G. D. Olga Nikolaevna asked after B. K. Molokhovets in a letter to M. Khitrovo in October 1917.



The Final Chapter / Re: Street map of Ekaterinburg?
« on: March 30, 2017, 04:29:52 PM »
Well, unless you get one from a foreign guide book, such maps will be in Russian.
Such as --

In 1920:

In 1910:

Or 1900:

These are taken from a site which has maps of Ekaterinburg from 1723 till the present:

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alix's Engagement and Wedding
« on: February 12, 2017, 11:30:36 AM »
I’m not sure if anyone here has already posted this info here, but as far as I know, it isn’t yet. It just came out accidentally when I was searching for Alix’s letters. This is a very detailed account of her stay in Harrogate… a very lovely account which would make you feel in love with her as I am now! She’s described here soo beautifully, and all the details are reliable ~ find it out by reading how the poster retrieved this valuable info.

Please Read them here: Part 1 and Part 2

Huhu, although I have many things to worry about regarding my studies, I can’t help but tell you all about this. Here you will appreciate and love the real Alix more and more <3  No wonder why Nicholas fell in love with her and her children grew up as fine & lovely people.  This might as well be evidence that proves she is truly fully English.

More on the fate of the Empress' gifts to her twin godchildren:

Forum Announcements / Re: need help with photos of the GARF
« on: January 27, 2017, 09:46:47 AM »
Yes, it stands for "Al'bom" and "Snimok" = Album and photo

But this is not GARF, but the State Archives of Film and Photography

Contact information is on the same web-site:

Rasputin / Re: New Biography of Rasputin out in November
« on: January 11, 2017, 11:14:55 AM »
I have reached page 130 in four days!  It seems excellent and I hope to comment further when I have finished it.  So far I would say that Douglas Smith has written the most thoroughly researched book on Rasputin and he presents his evidence without prejudice letting the reader draw his own conclusions.  I have one question regarding Rasputin's literacy:  My recollection is of seeing a letter/note written by Rasputin on display in the Yussupov Palace.  The handwriting was immature, large and childlike.  On page 116/7 Douglas Smith quotes bishop Antony of Tobolsk in September 1907 noting "..... how poorly Rasputin read Russian to say nothing of his ability to write....".  Yet on page 113 a letter is printed in full from Rasputin to Maria Vishnyakova written in November 1907, a mere two months later, using highly sophisticated grammar and vocabulary.  Separately I have often wondered - believing from my earlier knowledge that Rasputin conformed to Antony of Tobolsk's description - about the letters Rasputin is reported as sending to high ranking officials and the nobility when asking for favours for one of his acolytes.  In what form were these letters written?  Can anyone shed some light please?  And I am sorry of Douglas Smith has answered this question on page 131 !   

These two postings may shed some light on the topic in general:

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: October 20, 2016, 03:13:09 PM »
Ольга Николаевна, 1914 год
ГА РФ, ф. 659 оп. 2 д. 55 лл. 1, 2

Not completely on topic here, but...
Olga's signature here stumped me for a long time.I thought I was doing fairly well learning printed (typed) Cyrillic but then I encountered it in cursive and have never fully recovered. Without her picture above it, I'd never recognize her signature as such.
As for her photos, it's a shame that smiling in formal Russian photography was not encouraged. These are sort of the real Olga, but her happy side was so appealing, but relatively uncommon in these settings.

Ha! How about G. D. Tatiana's handwriting?
Looks like a seismograph reading after a major earthquake!

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas Diary 30 March/12 April 1916
« on: October 16, 2016, 12:29:26 PM »
Can anyone help me find out what or if Nicholas wrote in his diary on 30 March/12 April 1916 about the air attack that happened while he was reviewing the 3rd Trans-Amur Infantry Division? The next day 31 march/13 April 1916 he writes Alexandra "During the review we heard our guns firing at Austrian aeroplanes wh. were dropping bombs on both of the bridges over the Dnester." This is for an article I am writing. there is some disagreement between Russian and Austrian accounts as to what happened.

A few slight clarifications:
The diary entry mentions one Austrian plane; it speaks of "bridges" in the plural, not "both", and has an added detail:
“…As I rode around the regiment [at the review] and bade them farewell, in the distance could be heard the firing of our guns at an Austrian airplane which was dropping bombs on the bridges on the Dneister and finally hit the pontoon bridge.”

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:27:36 AM »
Empress Alexandra’s Wardrobe on 2nd Floor Mezzanine of the Winter Palace


For the record, Empress Alexandra knew of the looting. In several letters from Tobolsk she asks friends about it, and whether or not they bought any of the gowns that were being sold. She also records that the mob destroyed the portraits of her parents.

Having Fun! / Re: Alexander Schmorell
« on: August 04, 2016, 01:49:00 PM »
Alexander Schmorell was part of the group people call the White Rose, that printed and distributed anti-nazi leaflets in 1942-1943born September 16 (3rd, O.S.) 1917 in Orenberg, Russia. His father was a German doctor, and his mother was Russian (daughter of a R.O. priest) - who died when he was a few years old) His family moved back to Munich in the early 1920s.

A thread with more on him already exists on the AP Forum:

His letters from prison are very moving and edifying.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Madeleine Zanotti
« on: July 20, 2016, 09:30:07 AM »
Madelaine Zanotti's photo identity card in the Winter Palace:


Is it possible to see the actual photo card?

The Alexander Palace / Re: Pictures of the Interiors as they were
« on: July 14, 2016, 08:46:24 AM »
It was published 2011 in Moscow in 2 volumes:

А. В. Орешников Дневник 1915-1933



The Alexander Palace / Re: Pictures of the Interiors as they were
« on: July 13, 2016, 01:18:30 PM »
I have only had time to translate portions of the diary for my Winter Palace research. He is an inspiring man, although heartbreaking to read his navigating the political landscape in the 1920s.


Fine, but where can one access his original Russian diaries?
Are they on-line anywhere, or only in manuscript form in an archive?

Thank you.

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