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I was looking for Romanov sites and came across this "thing" or how you can call it. It's a total antisemitic site about what supposily happened to the Romanovs. It's full of lies about rape (even dead bodies of the girls) and what makes it even more disgusting is the fact that whoever made this site is not only spreading lies but also using Once upon a december as a background song. Maybe someone allready saw this. I even couldn't read it all because it made me so sick. I don't know what to do with it, so I posted it here. Maybe someone can do something about it.

Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Russian poetry online
« on: August 23, 2006, 06:16:00 AM »
I don't know if this link has been mentioned before, but here is some Russian poetry in Russian, transalated into English. The authors are Akhmatova, Chekhov, Fet, Krylov, Lermontov, Mandelshtam, Pasternak, Pushkin, Tsvetaeva, Vysotski and Yesenin.

The Russian Revolution / Brest-Litovsk
« on: February 25, 2006, 02:44:46 PM »
I was looking through the archive and noticed that there wasn't a subject about the treaty of Brest-Litovsk yet.
As I am writing my thesis about this, I wondered what every body's opinion is.
Do you see it as something that was necessary for the new regime or as a cowardice step to ensure stability?

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Motherland
« on: February 02, 2006, 03:25:03 AM »
Wh'se read Lesley Chamberlain's "Motherland: a philosophical history of Russia"?

I'm reading it now (am about to start part III) and like it a lot. Especialy Belinsky touched me.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / le drame des romanov
« on: December 27, 2005, 01:31:03 AM »
I recently came across this book by Michel Saint Pierre from 1969.
I only have the second part (II la chute). It starts in 1925 with Nicholas I and it ends with the massacre.
It's 810 pages long and contains some foto's (not many) and a big biography.
I did wome across two pictures I haven't seen before. One of Alexei and one of a room in the imperial train with above a picture of Aelexei (from the "Archives Editions Robert Laffont").
Has anybody heard aboutthis book?

News Links / review "From tsar to kaizer"-exhibit Bru
« on: December 10, 2005, 08:27:30 AM »
To keep it short: I expected more.
It starts in the 13th century and ends with Catharina the great.
Don't read me wrong, the religious items, pictures and paintings are amazing (especially the two of Potemkin, the huge one of Peter the Great and the famous one of Catharina with her husband and son holding a cat).
The maps of Europe and that of St Petersburg (and the buildings) were also magnificent.
The problem was the after Catharina teh Great there was nothing more. And the texts were just wrong.
Oke, I know some about Catharina the great and Potemkin, but it was all just too politically correct.
The shop had amazing books, I wanted to buy almost everything...until I noticed they were for 98% in French, 1,5% Dutch and 0,5 English.
I liked the items of Ivan the terrible and Anastasia's beaker.
What I have to add is that although there are too much groups with giudes who can annoy you as a single visitor (or in my case + boyfriend) they know what they're talking about.
I for one thing overheard why the horses look so small on the Ivan-paintings: because small horses could survive the winter better.
For this exhibit I give this advise: go alone if you know wh&t it's about, take the guide if you do't know what it's about. Don't trust the texts, normaly they are in three languages, but the are so many mistakes, that some are anly in French or miss stuff.
What was amzing too, was the curioucity cabinet of Peter the Great. All the scientific equiptment. The by-pieces on hard water were just scary. I still see that poor baby's head in hard water when I close my eyes.

News Links / review Faberge exhibit Brussels
« on: December 10, 2005, 08:15:34 AM »
Yesterday I went to the Faberge exhibit in Brussels. In one word: it was amazing.
I didn't expect to see so much items. There was an entire history of Carl and his sons, the main clients, Nicholas and his family,...
At the end there was a huge poster with I think 15 eggs and something about them. There were some mistakes in the text, you could tell it was written by someone who didn't know a lot about Russian Imerial History, but I only found three.
You would think the exhibit was over by now, but after the poster there was a tiny room with all the eggs mentioned above. I stood like half an hour wathcing them all, especialy the lillies of the valley egg. The last egg, ordered by Nicholas for his wife in 1917 (the one that wasn't finished) also stood there. (and the plans of how it should have been).
The book of the exhibit is a must-buy (I'm waiting for christmas :) ). The entire exhibit is a must-see.

Here a link:

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / the Fall of the Romanovs
« on: November 11, 2005, 10:11:11 AM »

I bought this book at a stock-sell for 4 euro.
It's by Steinberg and Khrustalev. Is it any good?

After rearanging my books, I've found something I picked up at a flee marked a couple years ago:
Raspoutine et les femmes by René Fulop-Miller from 1928. Haven't read it yet, but at the back there are some other books you could buy (back in those days):
Lettres de l'impératrice Alexandra Feodorovna a l'empereur Nicolas II, which costed back then 24 francs, and now around 100 pounds
But this other book, I've haven't heard of (in terms of a book): Journal intime de Nicolas II

Wel, I've checked it out and te bookstore stiil exists, but they don't sell Nicholas' diary any more

Does anybody have thos book?

Hey, I just got a book from my mom: A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes.

I've already read Natasha's dance which I liked very much.

A People's Tragedy has won prizes, but what I'd like to know is if someone here has read it and what do you think about it?

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Tosltoy & Volkonski
« on: July 29, 2005, 03:34:45 AM »

After reading Volkonski's history and "War and peace", I saw how much Tolstoy admired him (hey, he named a caracter after him: Bolkonski). Then I read "Anna Karenina" and Levin also represents Volkonski.
Are there any other books where by other authors where someone has found teh sma thing?
Has Volkonski realy had such a big influence on Russian literature or just on Tolstoy?

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