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Thank you for sharing your Grandmother's story Svetlana. Actual eyewitness stories post 1917 are very rare due to the necessity for silence by the survivors, the passing corridors of time and a child's innocent dismissal of grandma's stories! :) It is such a priviledge for us therefore to be able to share these insights with you.  Your generosity is greatly appreciately.
Kind Regards,

The Final Chapter / Re: OTMA hair length
« on: February 01, 2010, 07:19:47 PM »
From all accounts I imagine health and hygeine reasons would have been a major contributor to the girls shaving their heads whilst in captivity. In light of the fact that they were all prisoners and were thus at the mercy of their captors, could it be possible that the Tsar and Tsarina, or possibly one of the more loyal of Tobolosk guards or servants -  in an attempt to protect the four very beautiful and maturing daughters - sought to make them as undesirable as possible, to the men guarding them, and thus shaved their heads, using measles as an excuse?  I am sure Dr Botkin, with limited resources to keep the four girls healthy, would have engaged additional assistance, knowing as he did what was at stake.

re: hair growth - perhaps it is worth considering that diet,hormones,age and stress levels, might also be seen as factors worthy of consideration in judging the rate of the GD's hair regrowth.

Interested to hear your thoughts.

Their World and Culture / Assistance with identification
« on: February 01, 2010, 06:58:46 PM »
I was wondering if anyone could place the origin of the style of dress/ headwear/cape  in this photo.  I thought perhaps it is Romanian? All I know is that it is a picture of a painting early 20th century (although it does look a lot older to be sure).

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
Kind Regards,

The Final Chapter / Re: Gunshot survival question
« on: February 01, 2010, 05:30:23 PM »
Perhaps you could seek advice from a doctor/ emergency medical professional/coroner. I would imagine survival/extend of injury would depend on a number of factors which would include:weapon used,calibre of bullet, angle,distance of shooter from intended target, health of victim, weather any major arteries were hit, access to medical attention/triage, knowledge of attending,exposure to disease/infection...etc...
Good luck with your book.

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Other Romanov Crimean estates
« on: February 01, 2010, 05:21:31 PM »
Thank you for clarifying BobG, I hadn't put two and two together.
And thanks again to Primrose. I love your pictures of Alexei!.  I tried to post some images last night, will try again shortly. Any tips?

Russian Noble Families / Prince Baronovsky
« on: February 01, 2010, 06:08:59 AM »
I am wondering if anyone has any information on Prince Baronovsky who I believe was on of an old Russian noble family, but survived the Revolution and went on to be an architecturael advisor (and devotee of Russian culture) to Stalin.
Can anyone add to my rather scant file on Baronovsky?
Many thanks in advance,

I've read this thread with interest and am not surprised by the emotion it has elicited in some contributors. 
When trying to understand what happened and how the IF and their loyal family members, servants and friends behaved in Yekateringburg, I think it prudent to consider that history is written by those that survived and the documents we've been able to access are neither complete nor representative of the full story. Perhaps a line of enquiry for further consideration would be something like: What was to be gained by telling such vicious tales of the deaths of the IF?
Margarita, are you really suggesting that we should ignore the work of English authors because it they do not write in Russian? If that is the case, I would be most grateful if you could point us towards published historians who are better versed on the final days of the IF.
Kind Regard,

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Other Romanov Crimean estates
« on: January 31, 2010, 06:49:26 PM »
8 & 9 - Decorative details on the second floor, the stained glass is reputedly by Tiffany

Tiffany & Co.?

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Other Romanov Crimean estates
« on: January 30, 2010, 03:13:11 AM »
Thank you for caring enough to share your pictures and insights of these wonderful estates with those of us unable to visit the Ukraine.

The Final Chapter / Re: The Ipatiev House Executive Branch
« on: November 15, 2009, 01:07:50 AM »
I could be wrong, but I thought it actually looked like Dr Derevenko, not Botkin, with TNII and GDT in that photo.

Thanks Tx, sounds fascinating!  I've just had a look online to purchase, but seeing that it is $400 (amazon) maybe you wouldn't might sharing your top three points of of fact/fiction from the book with us, please?

A friend sent me this photograph of the Tsar and Tsarevich. The centered German machine gun, is one that was captured by Russian troops.  With 14 million peasant drafts lead by an officer corps one percent of that size, the Russian army was short of every single thing except soldiers, bravery and enemies.

Tsar Nicholas II with Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich.
The Lower Dacha (New Palace), at Peterhof, 1914.

I want to learn how to simply post the photo.

Toscany, I think your link is dodgey...It doens't actually take you to your picture.  It could be operator error, but just incase it isn't, thought you might want to re-check it.
Have a lovely day.

Research Russian Roots / Re: Does anyone know what this means?
« on: November 11, 2009, 01:06:08 AM »
Thank you again Svetabel.

Research Russian Roots / Re: Does anyone know what this means?
« on: November 11, 2009, 12:39:04 AM »
Unfortunately I don't have access to a scanner, otherwise I would! :(
I was hoping someone might translate it for me, so i can understand what it says, as online translators return nothing but gobblidook!

Research Russian Roots / Re: Does anyone know what this means?
« on: November 10, 2009, 05:50:26 PM »
Really? Any suggestions re: why it would be written this way? It is not a name I am familiar with.

I don't think that man is someone famous...It was written that way as it was convinient for the person who signed the photo. Usually we would abbreviate "B.V.Kovrigin".

It's actually stamped rather than written, so perhaps (and it's only a poorly informed guess) that was why they didn't abbreviate it properly...

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