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The Imperial Family / Re: A hundred years ago...
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:08:55 AM »
Cypriot Monastery Completes Video Tribute to Russian Royal Martyrs

The Monastery of St John the Forerunner in Mesa Potamos, Cyprus, has published a series of high-quality video interviews with top Romanov historians in honor of the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the last Royal Family of Russia.

The tribute is entitled “The Romanov Royal Martyrs: Centennial Tribute.” The series consists of six episodes and they include stunning unpublished Romanov colored pictures by acclaimed Russian colorist Olga Shirnina.

The series is as follows:
1. Tsar Nicholas II Through His Last Diary, with Helen Azar.
2. Tsarina Alexandra Through Her Letters, with Helen Azar.
3. The Romanov Children Through Their Writings, with Helen Azar.
4. Nicholas II: His Reign – His Faith – His Family, with Nicholas B.A. Nicholson.
5. The Conspiracy Against Nicholas’ II, with Paul Gilbert.
6. Romanov Family: Faith in God to the End, with Helen Rappaport.

You can find the special Romanov Royal Martyrs web site, created by the Monastery of St John the Forerunner Mesa Potamos at:

The Monastery of St John the Forerunner is also the publisher of the first complete Greek-language biography of the Royal Martyrs, which was released in January of this year. The English language edition of the book will be published by St Vladimir’s Seminary Press in 2019.

Helen Rappaport wrote the following on her Facebook page:

“Dear friends – I am intensely proud to preview this page of my contribution to the wonderful website of the Fathers of the Mesa Potamos Monastery in Cyprus. As many of you know, they have produced an exquisite and scholarly new book about the Romanov family, currently available in Greek, that will be published in English early next year. Having offered advice and shared information with the fathers during the course of their work on the book, they asked me to contribute an audio piece about the Romanov family's religious faith. This video is my parting tribute to the Romanovs, with whom I have travelled as a writer and historian for the last 11 years. I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to this beautiful website, which has been constructed with such love and devotion by the fathers of Mesa Potamos Monastery. I am not a monarchist, or a royalist and am religiously agnostic, but for me it is the private family life of the Romanovs that defines them as human beings. I admire their religious devotion and I hope you will all share in, what for me, is a farewell to them and a final moment of remembrance”.

Thank you Forum Admin, but this is a different person, right? It is Alexei Volkov, personal valet to Empress Alexandra, whereas the other book is by Vladimir Nikolaevitch Voeikov, last Palace Commandant.

Btw, your translation of Volkov's memoir is wonderful!

The memoirs of Voeikov have been published in English. You can find it at:

Stephen de Angelis has translated many more important books, also available there.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: December 21, 2017, 01:25:47 AM »

To be released on January 2018

From the Report of the holy Synod commission on the canonization of saints with respect to the martyrdom of the royal family:

"Considering the sum total of the review of the governing and ecclesiastical activity of Russia's last Emperor, the Commission did not find sufficient grounds for his canonization. However, the Orthodox Church has examples of even those Christians who led a sinful life following Baptism but who were added to the ranks of saints. Their canonization took place precisely because they atoned for their sins not only by repentance but by special feats, through martyrdom or asceticism…

The majority of witnesses of the last days of the Romanovs speak of the prisoners of the Tobolsk governor's and the Ekaterinburg Ipatiev's houses as people who suffered and, in spite of all the insults and abuse, led a devout life. In the confined Royal Family, we see people, who sincerely strived to bring out the message of the Gospel in their lives…

It is precisely in the interpretation of this feat of the Royal Family, that the Commission unanimously finds it possible to present the question of adding the names of [the IF] to the ranks of Holy Passionbearers."

Those who are interested, can read the entire text here:

When the Church claims that it deals with the remains of no ordinary people, but with the relics of saints, it does not suggest that the saints have not been ordinary people during their earthly life, but rather than now, after they have been glorified by God and the Church, are dealt with as being sacred, holy, saintly. In the context of this, the Church has to be sure that what she gives to the faithful to venerate, that is, to kiss in a pious manner, indeed belongs to a saint, indeed is a holy relic.

Having said that, I must add that I, myself, am convinced beyond any doubt that the Yekaterinburg remains are INDEED those of the IF. My comment only aims to clarify what the statement of the Church means, based on the Orthodox tradition and understanding, regardless of the fact that in this case there shouldn’t be any doubts. But that’s another story, irrelevant to the concept of how does the Church understands the definition of a saint. 

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 15, 2017, 09:40:35 AM »
Thank you for this Inok Nikolai. Really great information! Many thanks!

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:02:37 AM »
Inok Nikolai, I’m so grateful. Thanks for clearing things out. Now it all makes sense! Actually, I was hoping that you would take care of the problem, and I was right. Thanks again!

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: The russian Imperial cache
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:10:58 PM »
Is this Captain Aksyuta even mentioned anywhere else? He even relates a "plan" they had with Kobylinski to rescue the family...

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:05:51 PM »
Well, to be fair, not all the letters have wrong dates (hopefully), but at least the first three are not correctly dated:

From Ekaterinburg to Anastasia, March 18/April 1
From Anastasia to Nicholas Ekaterinburg, April 12/25
From Olga to Ekaterinburg, April 12/[25]

From then on the dates continue, as they seem, with correct dates:
From Alexandra to Tobolsk, April 18/[May 1] etc.

But after one point they lose their chronological order:
Thus, a Tobolsk's letter dated April 27/May 10 is followed by one from Olga to Ekaterinburg April 19/May 2 then comes May 17 one, and then a May 5 etc.

Any help?

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:50:53 PM »
Re dates of Maria's letters:  could it be she simply got the dates wrong?  It's entirely possible, and certainly understandable, given the difficult, uncertain, and stressful journey she and her parents had just undertaken.   I get dates wrong myself from time to time - who doesn't? - and under far less stressful circumstances. 

That would indeed make sense. But if that's the case for this one letter (from the book Maria & Anastasia) what about all the Tobolsk-Ekaterinburg letters from Russia's Last Romanovs? There all the letters go wrong.

Do we have any other source/list of those letters with their dates? In English, that is. Or is there anyone who could give us the correct dates from another non-English source?

Thanks again.

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:08:13 PM »
Thanks GDSophie.

Anything about the dates? I just got even more confused after going through Azar’s In their own words. The dates of the Ekaterinburg-Tobolsk letters there are even more confusing! They start from March 18/April 1! Has this been cleared out already by anyone?

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:25:35 AM »
In H. Azar's book Maria and Anastasia: Letters, Diaries, Postcards there is a letter sent from Maria in Ekaterinburg to Anastasia in Tobolsk dated 15/28 April 1918. It starts like this:

"Ekaterinburg, 28 April. Christ is risen! I send you my greetings for the Feast of Light, my sweet Anastasia. We arrived here by car after the train. We had breakfast at 4.30 in the cafeteria. Only unpacked our things in the evening, because the luggage was searched, even the "medicine" and the "candy" ..."

Obviously the date is wrong, since they arrived in Ekaterinburg -and in the Ipatief- on April 30 (NS). The correct date should then be -judging from the content of the letter- May 1st. I don't think it could be from the 2nd, because Maria sent a postcard to Anastasia on that day (also included in Azar's book).

So, can anyone help me on this? Do we know about the correct date for sure? And BTW, what does she mean by "in the cafeteria"? Should it be "from the cafeteria"?

I also wanted to ask about Alexandra's first letter to Tobolsk. Again in Azar's book Tatiana Romanov...Diaries and Letters there is a short paragraph from a letter Alexandra sent to Olga on April 18/May 1:

"...Your old mother is always with you in her thoughts, my dear Olga. The three of us are constantly talking about you and wonder what all of you are doing..."

My question is: Is this the letter that Greg King refers to in FOTR (p.135) as follows: "The next day, the children finally had a letter from Ekaterinburg. Dictated by Alexandra and written by Anna Demidova, it noted that their belongings had all been searched, even their “medicines,” a code word to indicate the family’s jewels." -quoting Bulygin and Kerensky, 232.

Finally, do we have this letter in English, apart from Azar's short paragraph from it?


I just wish that the life and death of Nicholas and his family -together with their spiritual qualities- could at least inspire us in a way, so as not to view them only as historical and tragical figures. I’m wondering what would their answer be to this question.

God will no way let his beloved children like this. Everything will work out fine very soon. The Church is not confined into any individuals. The Church is also the body and the voice of the people. But above everything is the Body of Christ Himself. Soon everything will be settled.

This is not a romantic spiritual dream. It has been verified time and again. The children are Holy Martyrs. It is the Church who glorified them as such:

"Vox populi, Vox dei".

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