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Having Fun! / Bezkozirka like Aleksey's
« on: July 05, 2007, 03:38:21 PM »
Dear everyone at the Alexander Palace ;

I am Maj. Jesse Carnes.   I have been lurking around here for the past 2 years, whilst
doing research on NAOTMAA.

I have a QUESTION:   CAN anyone tell me WHERE I could purchase a BEZKOZIRKA
similar to Aleksey's?    I am more interested in a Winter version. 
I know that there are companies which make Reproductions of World War II
American uniforms, and I was hoping to find a Bezkozirka similar to Aleksey's.
SEE the URL:   he is wearing his winter bezkozirka  [ cap] in this foto.


Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Paintings/Sketches of Alexei
« on: April 10, 2006, 12:49:10 PM »
Hi RussiaSunbeam1918 (aka, Dana) ;

I personally sent you a post with a VISUAL description of Aleksey's hair and eye colour
based upon Pierre Gilliard's own succinct testimony [SEE "A Lifelong Passion].
I would have posted it here, but I did not know how and there is a limit
as to how much space we can use for fotos.   See if the final result
matches what you guys suppose Aleksey to have looked like.
May I also add one sad note?   I am REALLY unhappy that genius Russian
photographer Sergei M. Prokudin Gorskii did not take a REAL colour foto
of the I.F., nor individual portraits.    His fotos were REALLY in technicolour
as used by Disney for Snow White before 1940.  
Below are 2 examples of Sergei's work . . . just to SEE what kind of quality fotos of
NAOTMAA there COULD have been--and they were made prior to 1916!

and one more :

warmly in NAOTMAA ;


The Final Chapter / Re: rape
« on: March 23, 2006, 07:24:27 AM »
A quick reply to Tsarfan and Elisabeth ;

I apologise for my initial entry in this discussion thread.
Why?   I had my twin RE-read the original quote from the Romanov book that he had read, and the original quote from that source did NOT say that any post-mortem "violating" had gone on.  It merely said that some of the soldiers went back more than once to "pilfer" the bodies.   What PILFER meant is purely speculative, but it normally should mean [in this instance] to search for more "brilliantes"  [jewels] or whatever of value could be hidden about their persons.

My apologies Tsarfan and Elisabeth, and again I would not have gotten us into a lurid discussion on the worst  possible idea . . . especially since there ARE underage folks on this list.    ^_^


The Final Chapter / Re: rape
« on: March 21, 2006, 03:14:27 PM »
Tsarfan . . .  ease up a bit, mon ami . . . I am most certainly thinking critically.   You and I both know that it was a crapshoot . . . the entire bloody affair was a crapshoot, and Nicholas could be candid and in-their-face to SOME degree.  But, obviously he knew the characters of these men better than some proposed scholars out there.   As Elmer Fudd said, he had to be "VEWY, VEWY KEFFUL!"

May I add here a query :  "Have you ever had your life threatened? . . . Have you ever stared death in the face?"    

I ask that because I have . . . and when things get that serious, a person can react in multifarious ways unknown EVEN to themselves!   Even Niki may not have acted as consistent as you would like him to have been---but for Heaven's sake, they were literally under the gun!

Now--I beg you, my good Tsarfan, why don't we lighten up a bit.   I do not claim to God's Gift to Intellectuals and I assume that you have a modicum [to use your decorous term] of humility.  So, let's simply ease up.
No one is here to intellectually lop of your head, as it were.  Why don't we EASE up a wee bit?  Even if I may not perfectly agree with everything you stated, I have no academic axe to grind against you my friend.   Can we do this? ;D  :)  8)

The Final Chapter / Re: rape
« on: March 21, 2006, 02:39:22 PM »
( a digression for the sake of Tsarfan )

I did not mean to be banal.  I am interested in Truth, whether it is Biblical Truth or the clear facts concerning other areas of interest.    If you will go and check my post, I only ALLUDED to.   So, for Tsarfan's sake, I want to state without nebulousness, that I do not intend to get into a GRAPHIC dialogue concerning Necrophilia.
There are people on this forum under age . . . which leads me to believe that someday forums will probably require proof of a newbie's age.

            (Digression over)   ;D

Now, for Elisabeth :  you wonder WHY Niki never put such and such things into his personal diary entries if those things happened  [such as bathroom banalities upon the walls].  It is quite simple, Elisabeth :  Nicholas was a gentleman and would not even ACKNOWLEDGE such a grotty thing.   After studying their personalities, I even think if someone "ravished"  [not violated] one of OTMA, then I think that out of courtesy to them, he would not have even dared to mention something of that level.   Gentlemen--back then--were required to overlook insults, degrading remarks, or obsenities.
People who belched or who made other weird noises were given no public reprimand.    Things like that were simply not given ANY "press."

If I may stretch it a bit, if one of OTMA had even been violated against her will, Niki would have been HOPPING mad, but he also knew that if ANY of them made TOO big a "ruckous" over how they were being treated, it was also APPARENT to him that the Bolshiviks could be dangerously capricious and HIGHLY MERCURIAL.   The Bolshevekii could've  had them all done away with out of sheer spite!   Remember, we are talking about  BOLSHEVIKII--the Master Morons of Maniacal Mischief . . . and Niki knew it.  He may have been naive in some things, but he also knew honourable soldiers and their orientation as opposed to a veritable Brigade of Blighters, Brigands, and Blagards.    The I.F. were walking in a minefield, as it were---IMHO  ;D ;D


The Final Chapter / Re: rape
« on: March 21, 2006, 08:57:09 AM »
Hi ;
My twin was looking through my Romanov book collection  [which continues to grow as I speak] and he said [ about a week ago] that he READ concise, and unequivocal statements by one book's author that  the GD's had been "violated"--post mortem--and that even after the burial, the soldiers would go back night after night to repeat the gruesome deeds.

My comments :  Now-- if there is NO clear proof/documentation of said heinous acts, then such statements is not only poor scholarship, but unprofessional and grotesquely libelous.  I would be amazed that the surviving Romanovs would not take such a person to task--but maybe it is simpy not worth the efffort involved.
Notwithstanding, I would like to see that author's sources.
I will ask my twin which Romanov book contained said statements.  I HOPE that the statements are totally FALSE.

But, let me add this :  there is in Russia TODAY [and also back in 1918] a spirit that is pervasive among isolated individual  cases--be they ever so few--where some individuals find pleasure mixing  HORROR with LEWDNESS.    The scary / banal cartoons drawn by the soldiers in the Ipatiev House restroom  attests to this weird penchant.  Again, it is probably isolated cases and I know that the same penchant also existed in Germany [in art] in the 1920s and  TODAY, the States are no longer immune to such indecencies.  It's abolutely Grotty!

Some people find merging the LEWD and HORRIFIC appealing.   Need I be more graphic?   Hmmmm?
So, it is not impossible that the condition of the IF--post mortem was NOT a complete BARRIER to such acts.

The facts are simple, we pray that such things did NOT happen to our beloved NAOTMAA, and I hope that the author who made such statements was simply being a "sensationalist" who invented some crappy lies to get a wider reading of his book.   If that is TRULY the case, then I breathe much better--as it were--for the IF, and simultaneously disdain the author who invented such " pig and filth"  [to quote Anastasia]

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: His Manners and Behaviour
« on: March 14, 2006, 12:29:12 PM »
Maybe I was communicating poorly, Imperial Angel  :)
All I meant was that I have VERY good cause to believe that whatever pettiness existed within OTMAA, probably fizzled to a very low level after 1916 or 1917.   In essence, they improved immensely.   Hardships like Aleksey and OTMA went through  [and also N & A] after 1917 can do one of TWO things to a person :  harden you or soften you.    Even as the same Sun can harden mud into clay, it can also simultaneously MELT wax [on a very warm day].   The same glaring sun can HARDEN or MELT objects--simultaneously.

The diary/journal entries/letters/correspondence by NAOTMAA reveal that they were SOFTENED and bloomed, as it were, into EVEN more lovable, kind and gentle individuals, than they had been previously.

I know of people, who--when faced with impending disaster and death--only got hard, cruel, mean, cursed God, and gave the world a naughty gesture, so to speak!

NAOTMAA did none of these.  They may have cried tears, been concerned---deeply concerned, been pensive and even were weak by worrying at times.   I don't think think that    NAOTMAA's professed faith in Christ was mere religious-ness.    

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / His Manners and Behaviour
« on: March 13, 2006, 01:59:28 PM »
Let me say that Imperial Angel was not far from being right on the mark, as they say.  The imperial children--especially the younger ones--were not always angels.
But let me also reiterate that when DIRE circumstances happen in a person's [or persons'] life/lives, the result can be equally dramatic.    

In this case  [the Nicholas  &  Alix Romanov children], I think there were palpable changes.   When I read the children's correspondance [or journal entires] of 1913 or 1914 and then compare them with those letters or diary entries of 1917 and 1918, it is almost like Day compared to Night, as it were.

Anastasia and her emotional "twin"--Aleksey, were vastly changed emotionally, disposition-wise, and actions-wise.    Granted, they did not know ALL of the FACTS or Ramifications which Olga knew  [and prompted her initial  emotional distress of 1916 and her more deeply-seated emotional vout-face in 1917 and especially after Fall 1917 through 16 July 1918.  

Children can be murcurial and can be affected by their parents' dispositions . . . especially when things become rather bleak and foreboding.   As we all know, Alix was not readily a "sunny person"  [pun not intended], and I am sure that Alexei and Anastasia picked up on her "vibes."     Aleksey undoubtedly knew--by spring 1918 that they were going to be disposed of like rats in a garbage pail.   That is why he said,  "I am not afraid to die--I am simply afraid what they might do to us while we are here."

Back to my original point--I believe that OTMAA all got much more serious about being more than professing Christians after Spring of 1917.   Think I am joking?
Not at all, for I have come close to death on 2 occasions and have endured pain on the same level as Aleksey's.
You have NO idea!!

When things get REALLY dire, you drop ALL pretense and get down to Life's REAL business.   Why do you think Atheists have been known to say a strange thing like "Oh My God"  :o :o :o when War-time enemy bullets begin to whizz all-too-closely by their heads?


Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / ALEXEI--His Manners and Behaviour
« on: March 08, 2006, 01:26:10 PM »
A Reply to Greg King after my spiel about Alexei :

Alexei probably was aware of some off-colour things, granted.  And I also agree that Anastasia probably knew some course jestings, for she was known for having a bevvy of anactdotes that were described as "shady."  But in fairness to her, I think that she [and Alexei if he ever used any] probably repented of such things in the last year of their lives as things grew darker.  And no doubt, Olga and Alexei were intuitively aware of more than some other members of OTMAA.    They were all much more seriously devoted to the Lord as things began to spiral downward.
What this means is that previously some of OTMAA may have been "professing" christians, but as things declined after March and April of 1917, and moving into 1918, I have FEW doubts that they got to be more SERIOUS about spiritual matters.   Read their correspondence.

COMMENT for Greg King :  This thread is about Alexei's behavour and mannerisms, admittedly, but just a quick comment to you.   I have not yet read yours and Penny's book, but I did speed scan a section one day :  re : the final moments of their lives.    In all candour, that was the most graphic depiction I have ever read & I also assume that you and Penny consulted primary sources.   Point :  that depiction as it reads in your book has got to be the most detailed of renditions about 17 July 1918.   I still cannot get some of the images out of my mind.  GOD ALMIGHTY---it still brings tears to my eyes! :'(   :'(

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei Legends or Facts?
« on: March 07, 2006, 01:24:54 PM »
Thank you Forum Administrator . . .  very kind of you   ;D
I apprecite it.


Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei Smiling
« on: March 07, 2006, 01:11:58 PM »
We DO have to work to find fotos of Alexei smiling, due that
he may have been self-cognisant of his teeth.
He did not have a malocclusion [overbite], but he did need some basic professional dental care, and as we all know, even a routine teeth-scaling [dental talk for teeth-cleaning] could have spelled disaster for him.   To clean teeth properly at the sub-cutaneous level [beneath the gumline] one may draw a small amount of blood IF the person's teeth are in dire need of cleaning.  And Alexei's gums were delicate, no doubt.    He would have needed modern clotting meds to pre-cede any dental work which he would have needed.  Drinking tea did not help in the WHITE-ness area . . . but it is quite forgivable.  Why?  I am enjoying a nice cuppa tea from YORKSHIRE England.   Mmmm!!

Despite the BORING content of what i have just said, let me add that he DID have a wonderful smile and if Alexei  had lived without hemophilia / a plastic anemia, then you would have seen him in a LOT more fotos bearing his winsome smile.    I can tell that he would have been a heart-stopper for sure.   ^_^    

May i add that the Bolshevikii destroyed about 95% of all their fotos.   From my research, NAOTMAA went through about 6,000 rolls of Kodak film.   (I don't think a school of Lobsters could have "SNAPPED" as much!) Only about 5% of that HEFTY volume of snaps are still extant.   There were VERY probably wonderful fotos of Alexei and other members of NAOTMAA that were FAR and away more excellent than the ones we have.  We only have the leftovers, from what i gather in my research.  Harvard, Yale and MOCKBA Archives have what mostly is left.    

I am open for correction and I state the above statements as merely tentatively true . . . VERY open to correction from sound researchers within this field of interest. ;D


Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei Legends or Facts?
« on: March 04, 2006, 12:49:13 PM »
I have one more query for the Forum Administrator :

You said : "War was declared 19 July."

My research has shown that Germany declared War on Russia on 1 August.  I assume that you are using the OLD STYLE dating system.  But this we do know--Germany declared War on Russia first, and not vice-versa.  YES?  

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei Legends or Facts?
« on: March 04, 2006, 12:10:53 PM »
Good day good folks at the Alexander Palace.
Major Jesse Carnes here.
I have a reply to the Forum Administrator, so please, I ask patience as I am only making an inquiry and am not "coming out with my guns blazing."   OK, mon ami?

The Forum Administrator said :
With the war approaching, the IF left the Finnish fjords on 6 July. President Poincare of France arrived 7 July for his State visit. Nicholas ordered General Mobilisation on 18 July, with the IF at Tsarskoe. War was declared 19 July.

My question.  Could  you please cite to me your bibligraphic citations for your data . . . at least write to me personally [so as to avoid a scene] . . . sil vous plait?

According to some cursory research, I found that Russia ordered mobilisation on 29 July, and Germany did not declare War on Russia until 1 August.   Could Standardt have been fitted with guns after June 1914 and alleged event have occurred in the first days after War had been declared?   Just curious.    So, what was Standardt's status after June 1914?  :) ;D

Again, if you choose, you can write to me privately, because I would like to see your citations.  Admittedly, I chose 4 different InterNet sites concerning WW1 and compared their data.   Yes, the Internet is only a secondary source, and primary sources would be better and more reliable.

On all good scholarly terms ;


Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Re: More Pics of Aleksey
« on: March 04, 2006, 11:16:34 AM »
Hi Grandduchess_42 ;

Thanx for the pix.   It MIGHT work . . . the real
problem with older fotos is the grain of the foto, if it
is not a fine foto to begin with.    That's the rub--you can only draw or paint what your eye can see and if you cannot see something then you cannot draw or paint it.
I am on a Reference Desk computer here at the University--so I will have to look at the foto on my own work computer to see how fine the grain is.

Again . . . I appreciate your kind help GD_42.  ;D :)

PS :  I have only one regret regarding fotos of the Imperial Family :  that Russian-genius photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii never took  REAL
colour fotos of them--groups shots or individual fotos.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Re: More Pics of Aleksey
« on: March 03, 2006, 03:49:58 PM »
Hi ;

Maj.  Jesse Carnes here.
I have an ALEXEI-foto request :
I am planing on doing a photographic quality
drawing/painting of Tsarevich Alexei and I am trying to
get as good of a working model of his face at about age
12.5---say about the area of Dec 1916/Jan 1917.

I need a good copy of the famous TOBOLSK foto of him with his hands raised in the air [as depicted on p. 30-something of Robt. Alexander's novel,  The Kitchen Boy].

Can someone lead me to an URL of it or if they can post it I would be MOST grateful.  If I do this full size in coloured pencils it must be perfect, and thus the need for a good copy of that particular foto.  THANX!! ;D :)

PS : may I add that if you will compare Alexei's syes, forehead shape, nose length/noseshape and also his mouth, you will see much similarity to his Paternal Grandmum,  Marie--the former Princess Dagmar of Denmark

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