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Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Nikolaevna & Dmitri Malama
« Last post by Sunifred on November 29, 2023, 08:42:23 PM »
Here's an anecdote about Alexei (not very subtly) teasing Tatiana, with Malama present:
At six o'clock in the evening, half of the grand duchesses gathered to have tea. Outsiders were only invited by the Grand Duchesses themselves. After tea, the young people initiated games and enjoyed themselves. Among the invited guests were always the Sovereign and the Empress. Sometimes, the Leib-ulan Malama, who was very pleasing to Tatiana, would attend. Once during one of these teas, there was silence at the table. Alexei took advantage of it and suddenly declared: 'Tatiana loves Malama!' There was general laughter, and both of the mentioned ones were embarrassed and didn't know where to look. Alexei often made such revelations aloud, to the horror of the sisters, and the sisters were very careful not to get caught in his talk.

Her aunt Olga also teased her a bit. And it's also interesting how her sister Olga commented that she was sitting on his bed:
Tatiana, which uhlan gave you the puppy? (female dog?) You're sitting on his bed, Olga says. Very interesting.

In 1917, Tatiana wrote down a register of letters received and sent during the year. She sent a letter to Malama but received no answer, which isn't unexpected given that many letters didn't even reach the destination, and maybe Malama had already moved somewhere else. She also sent a letter to another Dimitri which she refers to as "Mitya", and I wonder if it's Olga's favorite, Dmitri Shakhv-Bagov, because Tatiana was also fond of him and referred to him as Mitya, but it could also be Grand Duke Dmitry Konstantinovich, whom she also called Mitya, although in her diaries she wrote uncle Mitya instead of just Mitya.

Curiously, she also received 2 letters from Volodya, another favorite of hers from the infirmary, but apparently she didn't send a reply. Maybe the letter was sent to someone else who in turn gave it to him? Perhaps she didn't like those letters? Who knows.

It's also worth noting that whoever transcribed her register found a few names names to be unintelligible, as Tatiana had a difficult handwriting, so maybe we're missing some of them

In February of 1918, Alexandra, who was fond of Malama, writes about him in a letter to Vyrubova:
I heard that Malama and Ellis are still in the regiment.

In March of 1918, Olga Grekova (nurse from the infirmary) sent a letter to Tatiana where she talks about Malama:
Dm. Yakovl. asks to convey my most cordial greetings, I recently received a letter from him from the Yekaterinoslav province, he is in his village and will not return to the regiment.

I wonder if she eventually received a letter from him. Unfortunately, the girls burned many of their letters in 1918. This is what Nicholas wrote in his diary:
9 April . Monday. 1918 Found out about the arrival of the extraordinary authorized [commissar] Yakovlev from Moscow; he settled in Kornilov house. The children imagined that he will come today to do a search, and burned all letters, and Maria and Anastasia even [burned] their diaries.
Not all letters were burned though, as the one from Olga Grekova, for example, survived.

The Russian wikipedia has a lot of information about him and his mentions:Малама,_Дмитрий_Яковлевич

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden (1883-1956)
« Last post by Sunifred on November 29, 2023, 06:23:38 PM »
Here's part of a letter by Gilliard (in Mogilev) to Olga in May of 1916. The letters received by Gilliard were lost.

P. S. I advise you to watch Baroness Buxhoeveden: Your cousin* has admitted to me that he has received a letter from her! And it's not the first!
*Dimitri Pavlovich

This fragment casts further doubts about the nature of Buxhoeveden and her motives. What did she want from Dimitri? And how come he admitted receiving letters from her? For Gilliard to imply something negative about a close friend of the family, he must have distrusted her quite a lot. I wonder if Olga told her family about this.

Source of the letter:
Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana photographs IV
« Last post by starik on November 15, 2023, 08:03:51 PM »
For sure the one where she is wearing her sailor dress, Lennart Bernadotte of Sweden, 1909.
Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana photographs IV
« Last post by Romanov_fan on November 13, 2023, 04:37:40 PM »
Does anyone know who is she holding as a baby in those two pictures above?
Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« Last post by Romanov_fan on November 13, 2023, 04:27:55 PM »
Irina and Tatiana did look quite alike, but I agree that is Irina.
The Final Chapter / Re: Anna Kuzminykh - alleged servant in Ipatiev House
« Last post by Lady Macduff on November 12, 2023, 06:09:21 PM »
I too call BS on her story. For one thing, there were no cows at the Ipatiev House, to say nothing of her story about the tsar and empress (who, of course, was largely bedridden towards the end) following her into the barn to talk about them.
Forum Announcements / Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
« Last post by Romanov_fan on November 10, 2023, 02:57:23 AM »
It's unfortunate this forum is not posted to much anymore. I am also a member of a true crime forum and it is still a very busy place so even today with so many social media sites, forums can still thrive. What does it mean when someone has "Guest" under their name? Does that mean they haven't logged in for a certain amount of time? Their posts then can't all be seen by clicking on their name. I really posted all I had to say here at one time, and also I got more involved in other interests of mine, but I've always remembered this forum fondly.
The Imperial Family / Re: The Paleys
« Last post by newfan on October 16, 2023, 06:37:52 PM »
Link is not working
Research Russian Roots / Re: A little help please!
« Last post by missmoldavite365 on October 13, 2023, 05:54:22 AM »
Thank you so very much! This has indeed been very good information - you are so kind!
Apologies I have had a break for a few years - dealing with a pack of corsairs. lol.
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