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Current Events / Re: New exhibition at Pushkin's Lyceum
« on: June 04, 2007, 05:54:24 PM »
wow, thank you so much!

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Sightseeing in Pushkin / St. Catherine cathedral
« on: June 02, 2007, 11:23:50 AM »
We all know, St. Catherine cathedral will be restored in center of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), I was trying to find good photographs, and it was undertaking task, so I took liberty to digitally restore some of the Post Cards, please let me know, what do you think about it.
Before Restoration:

After:

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Current Events / New exhibition at Pushkin's Lyceum
« on: June 02, 2007, 02:49:33 AM »
"Pushkin and Romanovs" - an exhibition by G.A.V. Traugot, which will be open on June, 3rd, 2007 at 16.00 in a showroom of a memorial museum "Lyceum" (2 Garden St, Pushkin).

At an exhibition 28 works of artists Alexander and Valery Traugot, among which brilliant portrait of Peter the Great, a number of illustrations to a various poems. Pushkin "The Copper Rider", also to a poem "Memoirs in Tsarskoe Selo" and other Pushkin's work. Also, exhibit will show 7 works to S.Yesenin's poem "Tsarevnam" (In a crimson glow sunset sparkling and foamy) which poet read to OTMA on July, 22nd, 1916 in Fedorovsky Gorodok of Tsarskoye Selo. Theme of an exhibition "Pushkin and Romanovs". The exhibition will last until the end of June.

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Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's death could be from 2? shooters
« on: May 24, 2007, 07:15:01 PM »
... Purishkevich was not poor, but he could also make his bullets himself, because it was difficult to get, that could explain his poor performance, and stuck bullet in the liver of the Rasputin (20 feet away shot).

Sorry Vlad but I must disagree here. Since Puriskevich was officially issued with a weapon, it would have come with bullets!

  ;)

Margarita, we are talking about nobility of Russia, I doubt, they had a single gun, also according to this article: http://www.firstworldwar.com/weaponry/pistols.htm, a lot of Russian officers did not have standard guns, and Purishkevich had Savage, or he may took Savage for the murder, because it was relatively small compared to others. Also, bullets for guns like that are not standard, so I believe, he had to get it from store by himself, or make it himself.

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Pushkin Travel Center / on Steam train to TS
« on: May 24, 2007, 06:56:18 PM »
From June 2nd, everyone who visits St Petersburg, will be able to travel to Tsarskoye Selo on Imperial type of train, with steam locomotive.
From St. Petersburg – Vitebsky station train will depart at 10:30 and from Pushkin back to St. Petersburg at 17:30.

btw this true color picture from 1909 by Prokudin-Gorsky

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Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's death could be from 2? shooters
« on: May 24, 2007, 05:42:26 PM »
One more thoughts about guns and bullets. I know one person, who makes bullet's for guns herself (she like to shoot a lot), and because this is expensive "sport", she could go over 1000 rounds per weekend, making bullets she saves thousand dollars literally. Now, Savage, had Imperial metrics type of bullets, and I doubt it was freely available at the store, rather "special order". Purishkevich was not poor, but he could also make his bullets himself, because it was difficult to get, that could explain his poor performance, and stuck bullet in the liver of the Rasputin (20 feet away shot).

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Imperial Russian History / Re: 1905 Bloody Sunday
« on: May 23, 2007, 09:00:58 PM »
Rob, you have intrigued me so much about Spiridovich book, I ordered myself. Now I have to wait and we can have conversation from the same page. Btw Tsarfan is right about distorted information provided by okhranka snitches, but I think Spiridovich was smart enough to make approximation from independent several sources, if he had such possibility.

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Rasputin / Re: Who is responsible for the Rasputin death?
« on: May 23, 2007, 04:49:56 PM »
Actually one of the thoughts I have, unfortunate consequence to Rasputin's murder, was his last name. In Russian language Rasputin (Распутин, Распутник) similar to English word PERVERT, this is why Nicholas decided to change his last name to something else like Novah Новый Христос (In English it would be translated to New Christ), sort of rebranding, but it was too little too late. Similarity comes from name of the village he originally from: Распутие - Rasputiye (it was between two roads). 

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Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's death could be from 2? shooters
« on: May 23, 2007, 11:55:24 AM »
I can't recall how to spell his name, but Purshkevick (?) after the execution ran to a guard who heard the shots and shouted. "I killed Rasputin!" If the British secret service was involved, wouldn't the guard have seen them??

I am not questioning involvement of British MI, it was very unlikely they participated in the event, I am questioning if prince Dimitry was part of the murder (final shooting), and now I have detail information about Youssopov's and Purishkevich guns  (probability for correct guns more than 75%).

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Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's death could be from 2? shooters
« on: May 23, 2007, 10:10:41 AM »
I forgot to say, one more important part, in Russia, back than - beginning of XX century, as Revolver was referred all of the handguns.
I was puzzled myself, why Browning, was referred as Revolver, same story about Savage, last Savage revolver was made, during US Civil War, and I seriously doubt noble person in Russia would take that old gun for Rasputin hunt. Same story about Kosorotov, when he extracted bullet, he referred as Revolver bullet, again, during this time word pistol would not be adapted yet, I think until 1930th period of time.
Supporting my theory you can find even on this site, where princess Paley mention several time "Browning revolver":
http://www.alexanderpalace.org/memoriesrussia/chapter_XXXII.html
For your information Browning never produce revolvers, only pistols as handguns.

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Rasputin / Re: Who is responsible for the Rasputin death?
« on: May 23, 2007, 09:51:42 AM »
I'm new so I don't know what the deal is with Phil's documents about the British.  Is there a thread that discusses it?  It sounds kind of interesting

All of the conversation started from this thread:
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php/topic,5775.45.html

Check Joanna's URL link, and follow debates about creditable or not documents from British MI

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Rasputin / Rasputin's death could be from 2? shooters
« on: May 23, 2007, 04:04:38 AM »
I finally found some more or less reliable  information related to the guns and real info about shooters:
prince Youssopov shot 1st bullet from Browning pistol the 9 mm Model 1903

Purishkevich shot 4 total shots, 2 of them missed Rasputin, and 3rd shot hit his spine, and probably when Rasputin, turn he shot Rasputins forehead from 20 feet distance from pistol Savage model 1907/1915 .32 or .380 calibers


last two shots, am questioning because I think it could be prince Dimitry

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Rasputin / Re: Tsar involved in Rasputin's death?
« on: May 21, 2007, 09:47:48 PM »
I think regardless of the Rasputin's attitude and behavior (if it was real at all), Nicholas would always guard his (Rasputin’s life). Until Alexy’s would produce heir to the throne.

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The Russian Revolution / Re: Communist people we like
« on: May 18, 2007, 10:57:08 PM »
comrade prince Dmitri Petrovich Mirsky:



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Pushkin Town History / Re: German occupation
« on: May 18, 2007, 10:40:52 PM »
Kurt,
I was recently watching following movie, and was really disappointed, about how much I was right about volunteers, also, in some related file, it was described, quite few of the Spanyards joined SS to continue effort post 1943:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqpG6qrv0Q4
Most of the solders, understood about severe conditions for defenders of Leningrad, and realize blockade, was killing hundreds of thousands, understanding this post 2 years of fighting there decide to continue effort to defeat this city under German command.

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