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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: May 31, 2017, 04:11:40 AM »

It is the middle or the end of May, 1913. The emperor's travel with a family down the river to Volga.

It is near Moghilev, the river Dniepr, in August 1916. The grand-duchess are playing with Mordvinov, an aide-de-camp, triying to make in "sink" in the river.

Thank you, inok Nikolaï. In fact, it is in "Pered rastrelom" (a letter of 17th october), I found the quote and I am grateful for this!

Inok Nikolai, voistinu voskrese!
Thank you for this information! Is this letter in "Pered rasstrelom"? I will check it.

For russian readers, my article at Antonina's page about another friendship of Olga Nikolaevna with a young sailor

The Imperial Family / Re: Working in the lazaret
« on: May 31, 2016, 06:45:04 AM »
Thank you for the information, inok Nikolai! I will purchase it as soon as possible!

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: September 04, 2015, 07:26:59 AM »
Perhaps a name? Olaf, or Golaf Semionovitch? I looked at the frend edition, Eugénie de Grèce gives indeed "Golaf. Sem."

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:46:30 AM »
Wonderful picture in reply 814!!

About this old one with Tatiana and Olga perhaps mourning: no relatives died in autumn 1913, but when they were in Livadia died Dediulin, an aide-de-camp of the Tsar. It was the 26 october, and a requiem immediately took place. Then the 29 the family assisted at the funerals. It is only a guess of mine!

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:33:18 AM »
Yes, could that be Grand Duke Ludwig of Hesse? It seems that two families met at Livadia in 1912.

The Tsar with his 4 daughter went to Sebastopol the 3 April 1912 to meet the Hessian Family. Could be that day.

The Final Chapter / Re: Ivan Nikolaievitch Kleshchev
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:01:20 PM »
Very interesting, thank you very much Ilya!

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: March 19, 2015, 02:52:07 PM »
"The last day on the yacht at Sevastopol, 1914"

That is to say the 30 March 1914. I always loved those skirts with wool jacket (I think it's wool?) and white blouses.
Is that Rodionov with them?

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:46:31 AM »
There have been a lot of great rares in the past month but wow, this one is just stunning. Such wonderful smiles!

I wonder what the occasion was since Olga also has a solo photograph holding the flowers. I've never seen the little pair wear those dresses before.

It might be the 11 July 1912, for Olga's namesday. St Olga has his feast the 11 of July.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: February 27, 2015, 05:01:09 AM »
Same day as the beautiful and well known one with Maria, Olga Alexandrovna and Anastasia.
Very nice, excellent picture! Thank you!

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Living Memory
« on: February 19, 2015, 05:57:04 AM »
4 years ago  died the great-great-grand-mother of my children by paternal line. She was born in Bessarabia in the Russian Empire. She remembered the day when Nicholas II came to Kichinev; the crowd singing. She was a young girl. Though there is absolutly nothing particular in the remembering of a little peasant girl, I always found this fascinating to have by hand a person who actually experiment these minutes.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: February 19, 2015, 05:46:36 AM »
Yes, it is, indeed; an excellent confirmation! You can have a look on the russian wikipedia page for Derevenko:,_%D0%90%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B9_%D0%95%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87
The information is done without any analysis, one thing after another, but there are interesting points. I read an article about Derevenko, a few years ago and the most precise parts of the wikipedia page come from this article.
After all, it is possible Derevenko's behaviour was not excellent after the revolution. But he stayed with the family and was appointed to the tsarevitch, that's a fact.

Is the second sailor on the picture K. Nagorny? And the boy? Derevenko's older son Alexei, or Kolya Derevenko (the doctor's son)?

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:51:21 PM »
There was no betrayal. Anna's story is untrue. We discussed this a while ago, I don't remember where. Derevenko stayed with the family until June, i think.  Then he was asked to leave because he was lot honest on a price. But he stayed in contact with the teachers and was waiting for the time he could go to Tobolsk. When I will find time I will try to find more precise information.

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