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The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« Last post by BobAtchison on Today at 04:12:08 PM »
I think 2020 is optimistic. They also have to do Catherine's rooms in the Catherine Palace.  It is shocking how little money they need to do the restoration of the AP.  Lots of people want to help but the world situation is such a mess and send big sums money to Russia is almost impossible. I cannot understand why they ripped out the basement.  That was a major decision made in Moscow. I don't think it was Tsarskoe Selo.  That was a big engineering project, big bucks were and are being spent on it. In my opinion the people running Tsarskoe Selo are the SMART and best in the world - they love the palace, I wish they were given the power to make all the decisions themselves.  It must be very frustrating for them.  It is incredibly hard for them to run everything on a day to day basis AND restore the AP. They keep being given more buildings! We should do everything we can to support them.  There isn't much we can do right now in the west. Let's hope and pray we stay out of a war.
The Alexander Palace / Re: The Mauve Room (Photos)
« Last post by BobAtchison on Today at 04:00:12 PM »
Nick Nicholson tole me it is possible to find fabric like the walls and curtains or very close to it.  The color was very popular at one time and similar material was used elsewhere at the time - even in the USA.  The hard thing is getting the color right.  The description of the color is very exact.
The Final Chapter / Re: The Jewels
« Last post by BobAtchison on Today at 03:52:15 PM »
Soloviev told me he assumed the jewels that were stripped from the bodies were still being kept in the files of the KGB somewhere.
Dehn made errors in her book in her descriptions of the Alexander Palace.  I am not sure if the translation was the problem.  She must have known the rooms very well.
The Final Chapter / Re: Ipatiev House destruction pictures
« Last post by BobAtchison on Today at 03:44:04 PM »
Many years ago in Yekaterinburg Avdonin showed me the plans for the Ipatiev replacement church.  I preferred the partial reconstruction of the house design, too.  It was not Avdonin's decision.  I imagine who ever paid for it decided. Money was the big issue in the mid 90's.  I have not been back to Yekaterinburg since 1997 and I have never visited the the church.  I have never been a fan of the architecture - it looks 1970's Soviet to me.
Around 1990 I was in St. Petersburg with Suzanne Massie, she went to see Kyril (the Current Patriarch) He was a bishop then, Kostroma?  I don't remember. After that visit we were having dinner and she told me "Bob, I have bad news for you that will upset you.  I spoke with Kyril about the canonization of the Romanovs as you asked.  He told me he would NEVER canonize them in very forceful terms.  He blames them for what happened to Russia."  She said that I should not be surprised because he grew up during the communist era and other prelates from that period held similar views. I believe Kyril is the only thing standing in the way of the remains being recognized by the Russian Church.
Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« Last post by Ally Kumari on Today at 11:33:53 AM »
Another rare one from the 1906 session

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« Last post by Ally Kumari on Today at 11:29:46 AM »
The Final Chapter / Re: Ipatiev House destruction pictures
« Last post by Jeremiah on Today at 11:03:08 AM »

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