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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #120 on: October 11, 2013, 12:21:10 PM »
The Governor-General's residence was indeed on the Southern Esplanade in downtown Helsinki. Today there are the official State Banquet rooms. The Government Guest House is located in the suburb Munkkiniemi, close to the President's residence.

The State Banquet Rooms are called the "Smolna". It got its name after the revolution, when the building was used by the Finnish Red Guards. Of course you understand the connection with the Petrograd's Smolna... Even today here in Helsinki we talk about the "Smolna". Its official name: Valtioneuvoston juhlahuoneisto. At least for foreigners "Smolna" sounds easier to pronounce or is easier to remember.

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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #121 on: October 11, 2013, 03:42:07 PM »
Its official name: Valtioneuvoston juhlahuoneisto. At least for foreigners "Smolna" sounds easier to pronounce or is easier to remember.

Haha, yes; as a Swedish speaker, I am very grateful that Finland is officially bilingual. Statsrådets festvåning, that is something I can remember! (Though I think I will remember the juhla part as a cognate of Nordic jul, Yule or Christmas, according to what I've read!) When I visited Finland (great country, loved it!) speaking only Swedish (and trying to avoid speaking English because I was there as part of an inter-Nordic cultural exchange), I could in a way imagine what it was like for the Heidens there, confronted with lots of unintelligible (but fascinating!) Finnish (and also for them: Swedish) and clinging to a language perceived by some as imperialistic, like Russian was back then.

BTW does anybody know if Marina's grandfather the Governor-General Fyodor Logginovich Heiden spoke or at least understood Swedish? I wouldn't be surprised if he did, considering that he himself was born in Finland, his father was Dutch-born and his mother born in Norway. (Also from a naval family, the Danish Akeleyes, which had settled in Denmark's "colony" Norway.)

If he did, but still supported Finnification and Russification, it is interesting that that contradiction is reflected in the Imperial couple during his tenure as governor-general. Maria Fyodorovna was known to act as the Slavophile Alexander III's interpreter on holiday in Finland, urging him to respect Finnish national feeling etc.
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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #122 on: January 28, 2014, 12:38:51 PM »
Nicholas Yusupov


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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #123 on: September 26, 2014, 12:33:40 PM »

Nicholas as a toddler with his parents

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« Reply #124 on: September 12, 2015, 01:11:42 PM »
Painting of Marina de Hayden by Helene Schjerfbeck,  "Emigrantti" 1917


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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #125 on: February 11, 2016, 08:30:34 AM »

Nicholas with his mother

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« Reply #126 on: February 13, 2016, 07:56:10 AM »

Nicholas with his parents. Love the quality of this photo.
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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #127 on: February 16, 2016, 09:00:08 PM »


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Re: Nikolai Yusupov, elder brother of Felix, his life and death
« Reply #128 on: February 25, 2016, 05:59:43 PM »
Zenaida and Nicholas.


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« Reply #129 on: April 09, 2016, 09:24:57 PM »

Baby Nicholas in the arms of his mother, Zenaida. 1884.
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