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Paul Gilbert comes through again.  Those who do not subscribe to his site and are interested in Romanov news should!


News on excavation of graves at the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathederal Complext in St. Petersburg.



News Links / Prince Philip (not) to the rescue??
« on: February 05, 2011, 03:13:12 PM »

News Links / Resurrecting the Czar
« on: October 25, 2010, 04:53:55 PM »
Another interesting article posted by Paul Gilbert:



News Links / Remains Believed to be those of Ivan VI Found...
« on: September 13, 2010, 08:35:08 AM »
Paul Gilbert posts interesting news again...

Remains Believed to be Those of Russian Emperor Ivan VI Found



Has the lost treasure of the Tsars been found at the bottom of the world's deepest lake?




News Links / Who owns the Cathederal?
« on: November 02, 2009, 05:37:14 PM »
Hello, enjoy!

French and Russians in battle over ownership of Russian Orthodox cathedral
Worshippers in the French city of Nice took on the Russian state on Monday in a court battle over the ownership of the biggest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside the mother country.

The onion-domed cathedral of St Nicholas was built for Russians – many of them aristocrats - who holidayed or settled on the French Riviera on land first purchased by Alexander II in 1865. It was completed in 1912 – five years before the Bolshevik Revolution.

The church's parish council argues that Tsar Nicholas II paid for the building work with his own money. But the Russian state claims he used imperial funds belonging to the mother country.

Antoine Chatin, the parishioners' lawyer, said that Alexander II had first purchased the land to build a memorial to his oldest son and heir, Nicholas Alexandrovitch, who died there aged 21 of meningitis, and that the act of acquisition expressly mentioned the tsar's "personal desire" to buy it. The names of three tsars are written in the land registry, he said.

Alain Condino, a lawyer representing the Russian state, argued that the contract signed in 1865 contained the phrase "in the name of the emperor of all Russias" and that the land was bought with funds from the ministry of the imperial court. Mr Condino said an edict by Nicholas II dated 1908 stipulated the "effective owner" was the cabinet of the tsar, a state body.

Mr Condino said the parish council wanted to keep control of the church "for financial reasons", as the entrance fee is €3 (£2.70). The cathedral is a listed building in France and contains precious works including 300 icons.

The parishioners' lawyer said that by claiming ownership, the Russian state hoped to bring the cathedral under the control of the patriarchate of Moscow, and thus under the influence of the Kremlin. The parish council has since 1931 been affiliated to the rival patriarchate of Constantinople.

The case continues.


Recognition of the House of Romanovs will cost the State nothing more than a sheet of paper

Alexander Sunset, Director of the Office of the House of Romanov, told about why Romanovs in Russia and seek to put any special conditions for the return
Moscow. June 6. INTERFAX.RU - Director of the Office of the House of Romanov sunsets Alexander said in an interview with a correspondent of "Interfax" Catherine Komissar that living in Spain, head of the Imperial House Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna seeking to permanently move to Russia

Does House of Romanov's return to Russia, and when this might happen?

For the Russian imperial house of Russia is the only homeland. All the years of exile the imperial family lived thought about returning. She believed in it in the darkest years of communist dictatorship. As soon as possible, already in 1991 began a gradual return of the House of Romanov in Russia. This was the first visit of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich in St. Petersburg.

After his death in 1992 responsibility for the fate of the dynasty behind on his daughter, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna. She had about 60 visits to the Russian Federation, overtake the nearly all regions - from Smolensk to Vladivostok, and visiting some of the state that emerged after the collapse of the USSR, now independent, but belonging to a single civilizational historical and cultural space of the former Russian Empire.

The Imperial family is seeking to move to Russia for permanent residence. This is sure to happen as soon as legal issues with respect to the dynasty.

Will the House of Romanov's claim of official status in Russia, there were talks on the matter with Russian officials?

The Imperial House has not requested, not required and is not going to do that. But we must understand that the legal state and civil society can not exist without reliance on traditional historical institution.

The historical institution - it is a corporation, with obvious continuity since its inception, and living on their respective domestic laws of history, because they do not contradict the Constitution and current legislation. Those in Russia are the Russian Orthodox Church with its canon law, the Russian Imperial House of Romanov with his dynastic right. More recently, the Church in our country had no legal status. Now, church-state relations develop on a truly right, mutually acceptable and mutually supportive manner. The State has been legal and protocol forms of respect for the Orthodox church, the other traditional religions. Similarly, by analogy, being a republican, it may find forms of recognition of the Russian Imperial House, and cooperation with them. This can be done in the existing legal framework of Russian Federation, not entering into conflict with the republican democratic government.

In the event that the principal solutions authoritative commission, consisting of professional lawyers and historians, to produce relevant documents. Emphasize that the legal recognition of the Russian imperial house of modern Russian state, contrary to some irresponsible and unsubstantiated allegations, has nothing to do with the restitution of property, nor with the "public charge" the imperial family. Both are clearly and categorically rejected by the head of the dynasty Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna. Status - this is not the personal preferences and privileges of members of the House of the Romanovs by the State, but just a manifestation of respect for the intangible to the dynasty, which more than 300 years of rule our country and made it famous personalities such as: Peter I, Catherine the Great, Alexander the Liberator Alexander Peacemaker.

It is a living symbol of our past, without respect to which we do not build the present and future. Matters of life and work of the House of Romanov in Russia, of course, be resolved through the voluntary assistance of compatriots. State recognition of the Imperial House will cost no more than a sheet of paper, which formalize the related document. A benefit and profit, as a spiritual or material will be highly visible, which showed similar precedents in our neighboring countries. The position of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna about the return of the imperial family for permanent residence in the homeland and the status of the Imperial House is a public and notorious. But no "negotiations" about it with anyone from the officials have not yet been.

Interesting article.  What I don't understand is that the Swiss know that these items belonged to Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Marie than why weren't they turned over to the current pretender to the throne - a direct heir of both?  Am I missing something?

Sotheby's in London to Sell a Lost Inheritance of the Romanovs

LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced that in November this year it will bring to the market, for the first time ever, the extraordinary and rediscovered collection of personal and rare objects, including many exquisite pieces of Fabergé, which belonged to Her Imperial Highness Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir (1854-1920) and her late husband, His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909) - son of Emperor Alexander II and brother of Emperor Alexander III.

Deposited at the Swedish Legation in November 1918, the month Sweden broke off diplomatic relations with the Russian revolutionary government, the existence of the trove was unknown for ninety one years and recently surfaced among diplomatic holdings in Stockholm. Sotheby’s has now been asked to sell this collection, which represents one of the most important groups of objects with Romanov provenance to be offered at auction in recent times. It is expected to realise in the region of £1 million.

The sale of this previously unknown and private collection will comprise around 100 lots of cigarette boxes and an extraordinary array of cufflinks, including many fine pieces of Fabergé, that bear ciphers, Imperial inscriptions and coats of arms and even photographs of the Vladimirs and their immediate family. Estimates for the objects in the auction – several of which are in immaculate condition – range from £80-120 up to £4,000-6,000 for a set of cufflinks, and for a cigarette box from £700-900 up to £70,000-90,000.

Discussing this cache, which had been lost to posterity, Marcus Linell, Senior Director at Sotheby’s and Olga Vaigatcheva, Specialist in Russian Works of Art and Fabergé at Sotheby’s, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to be offering for sale one of the most remarkable collections relating to the Romanovs to be offered at auction. Unknown for generations until their recent rediscovery, the objects, some of which still contain evidence of use by the Romanovs – remnants of tobacco and period Bogdanov cigarettes – truly evoke the grandeur and sublime taste of their original owners. We fully expect that the allure of this intimate and precious group, with its links to the historical events connected with one of the world’s most fabled dynasties, will hold the highest appeal for discerning collectors.”

FA: Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere - I looked but didn't see it.

News Links / Tsar's Heirs Look to Aid Civil Society
« on: June 29, 2009, 07:29:48 PM »

Tsar's Heirs Look to Aid Civil Society

29 June 2009

The Moscow Times

Members of the Romanov royal family plan to return to Russia to help develop civil society and charitable programs -- but no longer make a claim to restore the monarchy, Alexander Zakatov, director of the Romanov Emperor House Chancellery, said Friday.

"The emperor's house is faithful to the idea of monarchy, but we are not going to peddle it to anyone," Zakatov told reporters.

"Yet coming to its native land, working in cultural, charitable and other nonpolitical programs for Russia's benefit -- that is what the house is able and indebted to do," he said, Interfax reported.

Zakatov represents Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and members of her family, who live in Madrid, the city where she and her son Georgy Mikhailovich were born.

Her family members are relatives of Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, and they fled to Finland during the 1917 Revolution.

Nicholas II abdicated the throne in March 1917, and he, his wife and their five children were executed by Bolshevik soldiers in the basement of a merchant house in Yekaterinburg in 1918.

In October 2008, the Supreme Court declared Nicholas II and his family to be victims of political repression.

Most contemporary Romanovs live in Western Europe, though the chancellery works in Moscow as a nongovernmental organization.

News Links / Lenin's Body to Belarus???
« on: May 07, 2009, 07:16:00 PM »
Only in Russia...


MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) - The body of Vladimir Lenin may go on public display in Belarus if Russia decides to remove the father of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution from his Red Square resting place, highly placed sources have said.

Lenin's embalmed body has been displayed in a glass case in a mausoleum in Red Square since his death following a series of strokes in 1924. His continuing presence in the heart of Moscow has been an ongoing source of controversy since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. It has been suggested that Lenin's body could be buried in a new national military cemetery to be opened in 2011.

Although there has been no official announcement on this, recent opinion polls suggest such a move would have the support of two thirds of Russians.

Sources close to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko say he is ready to order the construction of a tomb similar to the iconic Red Square mausoleum for the Soviet leader's body in the capital, Minsk. They also claim that the topic has been discussed a number of times at the highest level.

Former collective farm director Lukashenko has led the former Soviet republic of Belarus since 1994, coming to power on a wave of nostalgia for the Soviet Union.

The news comes shortly after Russian Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev said that Lenin's body was not "a culturally valuable object" for Russia.

A hole was recently blasted in the buttocks of a 10-meter bronze Lenin statue in St. Petersburg. The incident led to protests by Communist Party supporters.

If only I could read russian....


Not inexpensive, but what a great resource to have in one's library.


News Links / A Job For Grand Duke Georgy
« on: December 26, 2008, 12:32:08 PM »

Norilsk appoints Grand Duke Romanov as advisor

By: Liezel Hill
Published on 12th December 2008
TORONTO ( – Norilsk Nickel, the world's biggest producer of nickel and palladium, has appointed Russia's Grand Duke Georgy Romanov as advisor to the group's general director.

Romanov, who claims to be a descendant of Russia's Imperial family, will represent the company's interests in the European Union, Norilsk said in a statement.

He was born in Madrid.

Among other matters, Romanov will handle Norilsk's contest to the European Commission's decision to classify certain nickel compounds as hazardous substances.

Editor: Liezel Hill

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