THE ROMANOVS AND SERGEI YESENIN
DID YOU KNOW that Russia’s tragic young poet Sergei Yesenin once worked as a medical attendant at the Grand Duchesses’ Maria and Anastasia’s infirmary in 1917? He also served in their military-medical train #143.
I was a little boy, just twelve years old. I did not know of the evil in people’s souls. We were living at the Popov house near the Ipatiev house. In the middle of the summer of 1918, I was afraid and worried for Alexei. I wanted to see him and at the same time I am sure he wanted to see me too. Until that sad day of July 17, 1918, my father, Gilliard, Gibbes, and others knew everything, but I knew nothing. Something terrible was going to happen, but I didn’t know what it was… In the last week of July 1918, myself, my father, Gilliard, Gibbes, and others entered the Ipatiev house. There was a terrible scene… The house was in complete chaos; diaries, letters, albums, and other things were strewn all around in the house.. “But where is Ieskela*?” I asked my father, but he stayed silent. Ieskela’s diary was found by a White guard, I think his name was Nemetkin, I am not sure. But Leonid Sednev… I saw him. He cried. His cries were so loud… so loud!
Recently the decision to canonize the Romanov family physician, Dr. Evgeny Sergeevich Botkin, was taken at a meeting of the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. Based on this decision Botkin, who voluntarily followed the Romanov family into exile and was murdered along with them, has been glorified as a righteous martyr.
Dr. Botkin, the personal physician of the Romanov family was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad back in 1981, along with the servants of the last Russian emperor’s family, who were shot along with them: the cook Ivan Kharitonov, Footman Aloise Trupp, and maid Anna Demidova.
From the 1915-1916 diaries of Olga Romanov:
“… Spoke with Mitya, he is sad for some reason, poor little thing…. ”
“… Looked at a [photo] album with Mitya and others. Stopped by [to see] everyone and [sat] on the balcony with Mitya for a minute… Spoke with Mitya….”
“… For a long time sat on a window sill with darling Mitya, later in a chair, he on a table, [while] I knitted. He has [temp of] 37.1, fine in the evening, [wearing] a thick robe… In the evening talked with Mitya… ” “
“In the evening talked with Mitya. Unexpectedly he received instructions to go to the Caucuses for about two days. So sad… “
This story is dedicated to the most loyal, but too often forgotten, servant of the Romanov family: Klementy Grigorievich Nagorny.
Klementy Grigorievich Nagorny, the last Dyad’ka (“Uncle”, or sailor nanny) caretaker of Tsarevich Alexei, was born in 1887 in the Village of Pustovarovka, to a peasant family. Nagorny became a sailor on the Imperial Yacht “The Standart”, and eventually was appointed as assistant caretaker of Tsarevich Alexei, to the Boatswain A.E. Derevenko. Read more ROMANOV FAMILY: TSAREVICH ALEXEI’S LOYAL SAILOR