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Still plugging away at it in our spare time.
Hope to have it typeset this year.
Up to over 500 letters now.
Inok Nikolai

Turns out, it was my headphones that were faulty, not the soundtrack!

Thank you very much.
After so many years!
But the sound track is bad.
I. N.

The key phrase here is "personally present".
As was the custom among royalty, any number of relatives could have been named as (honorary) Godparents -- whether present or not.
When Tsesarevich Alexis was born, Tsar Nichols II declared all the soldiers in the active army fighting the Japanese as his godfathers.

Well, since the first move, described above, we were transferred again to a new monastery.
That entailed moving, getting settled, building, setting up, and putting a new schedule and regime in place.
Everything else got put on the back burner for a few years.
However we have always kept plugging away at this project.
In the meantime we have found even more letters, and have discovered a lot more information on the recipients.
We now have over 500 letters.
No predictions on when we will go to print, but no one wants to see this published more than we do.
Inok Nikolai

Would anyone happen to know who were the godparents of Princess Tatiana Konstantinovna?

[Rough translation:]
A month after the birth of the princess, on Feb. 5, took place the baptism of the princess in the church of the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg, in the presence of members of the Imperial Family. Those receiving her from the font [i.e., Godparents] who were personally present at the ceremony were: Empress Maria Fedorovna, spouse of Emperor Alexander III, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, spouse of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, and Grand Duchess Ekaterina Mikhailovna, daughter of Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich. Emperor Alexander III also attended this family celebration.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Mr Charles Sydney Gibbes
« on: May 06, 2022, 10:53:04 AM »

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga's Letters
« on: March 26, 2022, 01:56:37 PM »

Ha! You post-Soviet Union, Internet-using researchers have it easy!

Sorry, Nikolai, what do you mean? Is it a praise or a blame?))
Thank you very much for you work!
unfortunately I can't find Dzhurkovich's full name, and I don't know anything about  Eugene Apollonovich. In one Olga's letter there was mentioned ''Lubom. Andr.", and I thought it could mean Lubomir - a Yugoslavian name, probably his,  but I have not got any confirmation.

Dear Antonina,

Forgive me. The comment was neither praise nor blame. I was just reflecting aloud on how much faster and easier some aspects of research have become in the Internet age, as opposed to how much sifting and searching it used to take us in the "old days" to discover even small nuggets of information.

And thank you for the tip. "Lubom. Andr." is a good lead. That reference occurs in Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaevna's letter of November 29, 1917, to M. S. Khitrovo.
Usually, however, G. D. Olga would simply refer to him directly as "Little Montenegrin".
But it is definitely worthwhile keeping in mind. Thank you again. Let's see what more might come up.

Well, it's only a few years later [!], but I just discovered that Lubomir Andreevich is indeed the Little Montenegrin's full name!

Inok Nikolai

The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« on: August 03, 2020, 09:01:49 AM »
RE: The incident in the Catherine Palace supply depot:

One doesn’t quite know what to make of this account taken from N. A. Krivosheina’s memoirs.
The Krivosheins are a classic example of the fate of the “Former People”, as described in Douglas Smith’s book.
They escaped across the frozen Gulf of Finland in the 1920s; lived twenty-seven years in France; survived the Gestapo, but believed the post-WW II propaganda; took out Soviet passports and repatriated — only to be arrested and sent to the Gulag. After another twenty-seven years in the Soviet Union, they were allowed to return to Paris in 1974, where they spent their remaining years.
N. A. began writing her fascinating memoirs only in 1977. They contain an epilogue written by her husband after her death in 1981, and a second epilogue written by their son in 1998, when the memoirs were being prepared for publication in Russia itself.

However, her account of the incident in the Catherine Palace supply depot is related third-hand. It comes from an un-named woman (to whom the author assigns a fictitious name) who told the author’s mother that…

But the book “Most-august Sisters of Mercy” — which has been cited elsewhere on this Forum — contains the memoirs (published in 1925) of S. Y. Ofrosimova, who also worked at the supply depot in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo. Her account tells quite a different story, and according to her, the Grand Duchesses did indeed interact with their co-workers.
Some excerpts:
“…In one of the halls of the Catherine Palace there was established a large supply depot. Every day people worked there packing bandages, preparing wadding, and sewing linen for the soldiers and their families.
The Grand Duchesses came there almost daily. With excitement I awaited the time when the gilded doors of the huge palace hall would open and the Grand Duchesses would appear on the threshold.
…In my imagination I see them once again, sitting opposite me, as in that long-ago time.
Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaevna is sitting obliquely from me. … I become perplexed and flustered when she cordially strikes up a conversation with me.
…Her manner of laughing… her melodious voice…
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nicholaevna… laughs more rarely than her sisters.
Opposite me sits Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna. … her eyes do not miss a thing of what is happening around her; they notice everything, and her sharp, at times merciless, little tongue, tells of all that she sees. Wherever she appears, irrepressible liveliness breaks out, and merry laughter is heard.
…[During the War] Palace etiquette was gradually simplified, and their [the Imperial family’s] relationships with their subjects became simpler and more intimate.”
(pp. 285-293)

N. A. Krivosheina concludes her narrative concerning the Catherine Palace depot with the dubious remark: “As far as I know [?], the next day the Grand Duchesses stopped coming to the depot to work, and ten days later the depot itself was closed altogether and ceased to exist.”
(No source given, and this was written sixty years after the event.)

It should be noted here that S. Y. Ofrosimova herself does go on to say that the Grand Duchesses did live a rather lonely and sheltered life.

(But from her account above, it does seem that the Grand Duchesses did use those opportunities given them to socialize.)

Why not write him directly on his Romanov Facebook page?

News Links / Robert Massie has died
« on: December 25, 2019, 10:50:57 AM »

Perhaps I missed it elsewhere, but was it posted anywhere on the AP Forum that Robert Massie passed away?

Just in case it wasn't, here is Paul Gilbert's tribute.

Of course, a Google search will bring up many more obituaries.
I. N.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« on: November 03, 2019, 01:05:35 PM »
Paul Gilbert reports: Summer of 2020.
For a fuller report and more photos, see his posting:

Nicholas II / Re: Re: Photos of Nicholas II #5
« on: February 21, 2019, 09:33:47 AM »

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