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Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Vkontakte - rare documents and pictures
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:32:39 AM »
Russian most popular social network
There are some amazing pages there. - "A century long  inquest" - a lot of documents about the Ekaterinburg murder, some of them from GARF directly. - Heaps of books and photos, among them some extremly rare (and Tatiana Z is one of the administrators)) - A girl who posts A LOT of rare pictures!

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Boris Ravtopulo, Tatiana's suitor
« on: September 30, 2012, 08:29:41 AM »
Boris Vladimirovich Ravtopulo was mentioned several times in IF members’ diaries and letters. He served in Erivan Regiment together with Olga Nikolaevna’s “golden Mitia” Shakh-Bagov. They were good friends and always appear together in diaries and letters: “Mitia and Boris”. Boris wasn’t patient of Aleksandra’s lazaret, but during the war he often came to Tsarskoe, to Mogilev and was invited for tea or for breakfast with Romanovs. After the revolution he fighted in White Army and then spent many years in Stalin’s prison camps. I found very touching and unexpected memories about him.
Here’s the full text in Russian (my blog):
Here’s, hmm… my translation. Help me if you can. Prince Zurab Chavchavdze’s family was exiled to Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan).  He was a teenager, his father just returned from the prison camp. People in Alma-Ata discussed a lot a “Georgian prince” who had come in their city. One night at the prince Chavchavdze’s door knocked a 70-years-old man, he cried and said that he had waited for that moment for 40 years… Before the revolution he served in the same regiment with prince’s father and his name was Boris Ravtopulo. Then he told this story, which have been his burden for 40 years:
 “In 1913 … being a young officer I was vouchsafed to take part in 300-years’ Romanov anniversary celebrations. At one of the balls I dared to ask Grand duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna to a dance. I was secretly in love with her after seeing her photos. It seemed to me that the Tsarevna liked to dance with me. I became become impudent and blatantly violating the etiquette I asked her to a dance for the second time. I was aware of that I must be refused. But.
Here the old man burst into tears again, for a whole half an hour. My mother gave him a massive dose of valerian drops. She was hardly holding back tears and my father’s eyes became wet.
I was 13 and I couldn’t understand what was going on with all of them, but I was impatiently waiting for the continuation of the fascinating story. Finally it came:
"But Grand Duchess favourably accepted my second invitation, too. After the dance I accompanied her to  her place, kissed her hand gratefully and said: “Your Imperial Highness, I swear on Russian officer's honour that I will never dance any dance with somebody except Your Imperial Highness till my death!” And you know, Misha, I kept my word! Moreover, I was for 20 years true to another swear about which knew only me: never to get marry, to be faithful to the profound and reverent sense of love and adoration to my August chosen one. I know for sure I would kept this swear, but monstrous crime in Ekaterinburg  formally freed me from it. Nevertheless I consciously deprived myself of my right to have a family for more than 20 years”.
Then Boris retold another interesting story about his working as a musician in a kolkhoz in 1930s.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / The Triumphant Spirit
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:11:23 AM »

Dear forum Members, who read in Russian! Does anybody know this book? To the best of my judgement it's third part contains some rare letters to Alexey and from Alexey.

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