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Alexandra Feodorovna / Who is "red boy"?
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:14:03 PM »
Hi all-

In a letter to Anna Vyrubova dated 11/23/17, Alexandra writes, "How time flies! In two days it will be 9 months since I saw red boy for the last time!! Cannot write upon the subject!"

So she's referring to someone she said goodbye to on  2/25/17 - the tail end of her time at the infirmary? This leads me to believe she might be referring to one of her favorite patients, but since the girls were already sick with measles by then it seems unlikely. I also considered the possibility that she's using some kind of code that Pankratov wouldn't have picked up on. Can anyone help shed some light on this?

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Who is Irina Tolstaya?
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:50:12 PM »
Hi all -

I've been rereading Tatiana's diaries and letters, and twice in the fall of 1915 she mentions someone by the name of Irina Tolstaya. The first time she calls her "Alexei's Irina," and then the second time she tells Nicholas to tell Alexei they saw her at church. Anyone have any clues as to the identity of this possible crush/friend?

Servants, Friends and Retainers / De Lazari
« on: December 27, 2015, 10:53:49 AM »
I keep coming across this name referenced in the wartime diaries of the girls. It's always associated with music - DeLazari was at the hospital concert, played the balalaika, etc. Does anyone have any further information on this person?

The Final Chapter / Complete Text of Dr. Botkin's Last Letter
« on: February 09, 2014, 05:34:49 PM »
I have been digging around for the text of the letter Dr. Botkin was writing to his brother when Yurovsky knocked to lead the family to their deaths. Every source I have come across contains ellipses, but for the book I am writing I need as complete a text as I can get my hands on. Can anyone point me in the right direction? (And is it possible that the ellipses were in fact put into the letter by Dr. Botkin himself?)

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Did Tatiana Walk Alix into the Basement?
« on: January 13, 2014, 04:49:04 PM »
All films and fictional accounts have Olga up front with her mother as the family descended into the murder room. Fate of the Romanovs and Tragedy at Ekaterinburg also assert that Olga was the one to do it. I find it hard to believe that it wasn't Tatiana, though. What is the firsthand source that names Olga as the daughter who walked with her mother into the basement? Does it name her specifically?

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Was Tatiana Taller than her Father?
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:36:46 AM »
I know sources indicate she was the tallest of the girls, taller than Alexandra too. But, considering the fact that Nicholas was infamously short, does that imply Tatiana was taller than he was? I've been looking at photos of the two of them side by side and it's hard to tell since he's always wearing a hat.

Nicholas II / Who is the "Pop-Eyed One?"
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:34:25 PM »
Reading excerpts from Nicholas' Ekaterinburg diary, and he keeps referencing a pop eyed guard that he finds particularly unpleasant. Does anyone know who he is referring to?

The Final Chapter / Stupel
« on: July 20, 2013, 07:43:53 PM »
I've just come across a letter from Maria to Anastasia in Steinberg and Khrustalev's The Fall of the Romanovs. It's from when OTAA were getting ready to leave Tobolsk. Maria mentions that she hopes Stupel will help them pack. The footnote indicates that he worked in a court cloakroom and was with the family in Tobolsk. This is the first I've heard of him, and no first name is given. Can anyone shed some light on this?

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Did Anastasia Die Outside?
« on: July 18, 2013, 03:01:17 PM »
I've been reading all the accounts I can find of the murders. The most recent I checked out was The Resurrection of the Romanovs. At the end, in the account of the murders King and Wilson assert that Anastasia was alive when she was taken out into the courtyard, and that she sat up, screamed, etc. This would imply that she died outside. But in FOTR, also by King and Wilson, they say that Anastasia died in the basement when she was shot in the head. The novella I'm writing ends with Anastasia's description of the murders, since she was the one that stayed alive the longest. I know it's a nitpick but I just wanted some input from everyone.

I was thinking earlier - if Olga had indeed married Karol of Romania in 1914, would thing have ended differently for the family? I know England refused them asylum, but I can't imagine Olga allowing her husband to refuse them. Thoughts?

Their World and Culture / The Imperial Circus
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:13:51 PM »
In the novella I'm writing Anastasia talks about wanting to become an acrobat in the circus after Ekaterinburg. In July of 1918 what name would she have used to refer to it?

The Final Chapter / Why Wasn't Olga Chosen to go to Ekaterinburg?
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:07:42 PM »
I know Tatiana was the obvious choice to stay and run things in Tobolsk, and Anastasia was considered too young. Why was Maria chosen over Olga to accompany her parents to Ekaterinburg? Was it because Olga's mood was so low?

The Final Chapter / Timeline of Their Last Day
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:10:47 PM »
I'm writing a story about the last day of the Romanovs, culminating in their deaths. I want to be as accurate as possible. I'm combing Fate of the Romanovs but that offers few specifics about July 16. So I'm turning to you, ye smart and generous fellow scholars, to help me cobble together a timeline of their last day. Any help whatsoever is appreciated.

I've got some general questions to start off with:
Was the 16 the day the grand duchesses washed their bedroom floor, or was that the 15?
Did they go outside on their last day? If Alexandra stayed in, which grand duchess sat with her?

Having Fun! / Help a Writer With Ekaterinburg Details
« on: March 11, 2013, 01:45:52 PM »
I've started to write a story, maybe it'll turn into a novella, about the last day of the family, told from the points of view of the grand duchesses. I've got a pretty solid basis of facts (FOTR is a goldmine) but I'm still fiddling with some of the details. I think in the end I'll have to end up making a lot of assumptions, but I figured this would be a good place to start. So. First questions.

1. Do you think the girls would have told Nicholas or Alexandra about what happened to them on the Rus, whatever it was?
2. Did the girls still have their beloved perfumes with them in Ekaterinburg?

I'm sure I'll be back for more later, but any help at all is appreciated. Thanks, folks.


Alexandra Feodorovna / Did Alexandra Allow The Girls to Drink Alcohol?
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:32:48 PM »
I know they smoke, but have never come across any reference to them drinking. Can anyone enlighten me on this? I know Russians love their vodka. :)

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