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Nicholas II / The Tsar's Cigarettes
« on: August 12, 2019, 05:43:37 PM »
What did the Tsar smoke?  I've heard he had Benson and Hedges that were specially stamped with a double eagle.  Were these typical British cigarettes of the period or were they the Russian papirosa kind with the hollow mouthpiece?

Rasputin / Ella's Role
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:01:29 AM »
Did Nicholas and Alexandra ever discover that Ella had encouraged Dimitri?

I know that Ella and Alix had their differences, so to speak, over the years -- but did she ever find out what her sister did to her good friend?

It's actually something I've struggled with in terms of my personal "image" of Ella.  There's Ella who opened a convent.  Ella who was made a saint.  Ella who held the hand of a dying peasant.  And then finally Ella who encouraged murder.

Imperial Transportation / Trips to the UK aboard the Standart
« on: March 09, 2019, 03:07:55 PM »
Does anyone have any detailed info about these trips?

Especially how long the voyage would be from Russia, but also details of the trips themselves. :)

When they visited was it primarily a state occasion or a family one?

Tatiana Nicholaievna / I think this is a fake item...
« on: February 28, 2017, 09:13:16 PM »

What do you think?

Did Nicholas even give Tatiana a Faberge pheasant for Christmas in 1909?

And why would a Faberge item be marked "Italy?"

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Dancing in Petersburg
« on: January 28, 2017, 12:55:38 AM »
How reliable was Mathilde Kschessinska?  Should she be taken at face value?

(Also, any other good books about pre-revolutionary Russian ballet?)

The Final Chapter / The Jewels
« on: January 20, 2017, 05:03:34 AM »
What happened to the jewels found amid the clothing and belongings of the family?  I know Fate of the Romanovs describes them as being sent to Moscow, but where are they now?

Imperial Russian History / Switching Calendars
« on: October 14, 2015, 06:09:53 PM »
Did Nicholas give any thought (prior to the Revolution) to switching to the Gregorian calendar?  Or did that come out of left field after the abdication?

Do you think he would have switched at some point, had the Revolution not happened?

Imperial Russian Antiques / Crown Jewels
« on: September 07, 2004, 11:43:11 PM »
Im not sure if this is the right place, but if its not Im sure a mod or admin can move it, no?  ;)

Im wondering what yall think happened to the Russian crown jewels.  Are they in Russia?  Are they in England?  Will they ever surface?

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