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Yes, I always 'celebrate' this day, too (May 19) as it lines up with Job's day on the Russian calendar.  Usually I do not mention this to my acquaintances because I have gotten quite inflammatory remarks from other people about him -- 'he got what he deserved,' etc.  But I am clear in my own mind that he was not only a good man but a great man. This is not to suggest that he was a great leader, that is a different matter.  However, I, as an ordinary middle-class muggle, have experienced some of his personal challenges, and fare as best I can, but cannot imagine shouldering his responsibility on top of Alexei's disease, etc.  Probably history will never fully accept this more empathetic vantage point, but I am grateful to see the harsh view of him softening slightly. 

Nicholas II / Re: Personal Attributes of Nicholas II
« on: May 13, 2008, 06:19:49 PM »
This is wonderful.  As Dunya kindly translated this excerpt, I was surprised by the choice of word "brothers" or even a more familiar form of brother, like 'buddies'.  Can anyone comment on typical military language of that time period?  Is this Nikolai's famous humility at play?  I ask because his sister Olga said that her father used the term "Good, Children" at reviews.  (chorosho, rebiata)  Such a juxtaposition of Paternal vs. Fraternal language.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: height/weight near the end
« on: May 12, 2008, 05:45:24 PM »
80 pounds makes sense as it agrees with Alexandra's mention of him being terribly thin in 1918.  His bleeding episode in April was severe and probably would have reduced his appetite, too.  Nikolai mentions after Spala in a letter to his Mother that Alexei's appetite had returned and they were 'stuffing him' with food, but this would not have been an option in Yekaterinburg.  (I have a son equally thin.)

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei and Hemophilia
« on: May 12, 2008, 05:13:18 PM »
Thanks, that is interesting that in some females the clotting gene on the Y chromosome is less effective.  Imagine what Alexandra must have thought during that surgery.  But let me ask another question:  I remember Robert K. Massie, the author of Nicholas and Alexandra, discussing how many fewer virulent episodes Alexei had than his son, R K Massie III (who, by the way, ran for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts back in the '90's).  Does anyone have any idea how this disease manifests itself more strongly in some individuals than in others? With a milder form of hemophilia, it is possible that Alexei might have survived into adulthood.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei and Hemophilia
« on: May 08, 2008, 05:41:38 PM »
I have a question about the family's hemophilia. Currently, I am reading Olga Alexandrovna's (Nikolai's sister) biography written in the '60s by Ian Vorres.  Olga claims that all 4 girls carried the hemophilia gene and cites one anecdotal instance: Maria Nikolaievna was having her tonsils removed and bled tremendously, causing the doctor to panic and Alexandra to steady him and return him to his surgical task.  Is there any connection in females between a tendency to bleed and carrying the gene for hemophilia?  This sounded a bit spurious to me.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / test for hemophilia dna
« on: November 07, 2007, 01:47:59 PM »
Hello Forum,

This is my first post, so please be forgiving.  Does anyone know if the male remains are decent enough to test for the genetic marker for hemophilia, or are they too degraded?


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