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Having Fun! / Re: Photoshoped Images II
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Grand Duchess Maria:

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
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Tatiana Nikolaevna

The Alexander Palace / Re: Children's Island
« Last post by Cathy on Yesterday at 06:30:53 AM »
These pictures are so clear. Thanks so much for the update.
Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace
« Last post by Cathy on Yesterday at 06:28:19 AM »
These picture are wonderful!
Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
« Last post by Cathy on Yesterday at 06:26:14 AM »
Thank you for this amazing picture - I can easily identify the items you list in the blog.
Absolutely delighted with this five star review (in part) on Amazon that was provided by a retired English professor:

"a well-researched, in-depth exposition of the unique, mysterious, historic figure, Rasputin. I was impressed with the breadth of research as well as the orderly presentation that author Margarita Nelipa uses to present her case. Indeed, this tome could well be a college level textbook!"

Thank you very much!

Margarita Nelipa
I was about to begin a new topic on what I'm about to say, but thought that it could well fit in here.

Mind you, this is a very sensitive issue since I have known many survivors of the Holocaust. I therefore find it difficult to contend with the knowledge that Jewish people participated in so many acts of brutality.

I've just completed the thread on Soviet Atrocities, which expresses much anger felt by many that the Holocaust seems to overshadow many other horrors not any less brutal, such as those perpetrated by the likes of Lenin and Stalin.

Without trying to make excuses for anyone, I would just like to draw your attention to the fact that many of the later Soviet dissidents were Jews  - i.e. Anatoly Sheranski and Ida Nudal (sp?) who suffered greatly for their beliefs under the totalitarian Soviet Government. Moreover, a number of distinguished writers who currently expose the horrors of the Soviet Union are Jewish such as Richard Pipes and, if I'm not mistaken, Orlando Figes.

I'm in a rush right now for work, but just had to get this. The Atrocities thread has kept me up thinking all night
Having Fun! / Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Last post by TimM on June 20, 2017, 05:20:57 PM »
It's a clear day at the air field outside of St. Petersburg.  We see Alexei standing there, watching as a plane comes in for landing.  Once the plane has stopped, the cockpit door opens and Kole jumps out.  Smiling, Alexei goes over and hugs his wife.

Alexei:  So, how was it.
Kole:  The flight itself was pretty good.  However, there were some problems with the guns.  I'm going to have to talk to the designers about that.
Alexei:  Still not up to snuff?
Kole:  Shakes her head.  No, but I think the guns can be upgraded without too many problems.  Her face goes grim.  We may not be able to stop what's coming, but we can sure be prepared. 
Alexei:  You don't have to tell me, Kole.  In the three years since he came to power, Hitler has kept his promise to re-arm the German military. 
Kole:  And we know he's going to throw almost everything he has at us in 1941.  Only five years away now.  Sighs.  Can we talk about something else now. 
Alexei:  Okay, well, we have to pick up Sam and the kids. 
Kole:  Let's go then.

Soon they arrive at the court house, and pick up Sam...

Kole:  How was court today?
Sam:  Great.  I managed to get an extension for my client.  I think he's innocent of the theft that he's been accused of, and this will give me the time to prove it. 
Kole:  I'm sure you'll win this case, Sam.  You've won most of them since you finished Law School and became a lawyer.
Sam:  Thanks, Kole.  I must admit that I'm enjoying this. 

They arrive at at the primary school.  Marie and Amanda pile into the car.

Kole:  How was school today?
Marie:  Great, Mama.
Amanda:  Yeah, but we have homework, again!  Pouts.
Alexei:  Well, that's to be expected.  Still, you two are lucky because...
Marie:  Rolls her eyes.  We know, Papa, we're lucky to go to school like normal kids.
Alexei:  Have I told you this story before?
Amanda:  Only a few million times. 
Everyone laughs.

Not long after, the group arrives at the high school and pick up Gavriil.

Gavriil:  Gets into the car.  Hi Mom, did you kick butt in court again today?
Sam:  Language, young man.
Gavriil:  Aw, Mom, I'm 18 years old now. 
Sam:  Yeah, you are.  Where did the time go?

Several years before, Alexei, Kole, and Sam, realizing that they needed more space, moved into a dacha a few kilometers outside St. Petersburg.  The dacha has plenty of space for all of them.  It is here that they now arrive.

Kole:  Home at last.
Sam:  Yeah, I need to relax after today.
Everyone gets out of the car and heads into the dacha.  While the girls and Gavriil head upstairs to their respective rooms, the three adults head into the living room. 
Alexei:  Let's see whats on television.  He turns it on, seeing the words BREAKING NEWS on the screen.  Oh no, what's going on?  Has Hitler done something?
Kole:  No, I don't think so.  Let's just see what this is all about.
Announcer:  This just in from London.  His Royal Highness, King George V, is dead at the age of 70.  Details to come.  For those of you just joining us, His Royal Highness, King George V, is dead at the age of 70...
Alexei:  Stunned.  Uncle George is dead!?
Kole:  Yes, of course.  He died in 1936, I mean this year.  I'm so sorry, Alexei.  Hugs her husband.
Sam:  I'm going to call Anichkov Palace and give them the new.  That is if they don't know already.  Heads for the phone...
Having Fun! / Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Last post by TimM on June 20, 2017, 05:19:46 PM »

It is a dark time for the world.

The Great Depression is in full swing, countries all over the world are hit hard, Russia among them.

In Germany, Adolf Hitler has been in power for three years now.  Over those three years, the noose for German Jews has slowly tightened. And now Hitler begins to look to spread his twisted hatred beyond Germany's borders.

Under Hitler's protection, Kirill continues to speak out for the restoration of the old Russian Empire, with himself as Tsar.

This is the world that OTMASK and their loved ones now find themselves living in. Together, they must face the coming darkness, for only together, can they survive the horrors to come...
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