ROMANOV FAMILY FRIEND: ANNA VYRUBOVA

Close friend of the Romanov family, Anna Vyrubova in old age, in exile after the Russian revolution.
Close friend of the Romanov family, Anna Vyrubova in old age, in exile after the Russian revolution.

ROMANOV FAMILY FRIEND: ANNA VYRUBOVA

Anna Alexandrovna Vyrubova, nee Taneyeva, a noblewoman at Russian imperial court,  became a very close friend to Empress Alexandra and the entire Romanov family. It was said that Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra almost considered her their fifth daughter.

“Anya”, as the family members affectionately referred to her, even worked as a Sister of Mercy along the side of the Empress and her daughters, Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, after the First World War began.

In early January of 1915, Anya boarded a train from Tsarskoe Selo to St Petersburg, and was involved in a very serious, near fatal accident. She survived, but was left crippled for the rest of her life. There is a myth that Grigori Rasputin, who was brought to see Anya shortly after the accident, was the one who saved her life.

Read more ROMANOV FAMILY FRIEND: ANNA VYRUBOVA

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

ROMANOV FAMILY: THEIR REAL “KITCHEN BOY” – LEONID SEDNEV

Leonid "Lyonka" Sednev. the Romanov family's kitchen boy.
Leonid “Lyonka” Sednev, the Romanov family’s “kitchen boy”, the last playmate of Tsarevich Alexei, and the only survivor of the House of Special Purpose.

 

In 2004 author Robert Alexander published a novel called “The Kitchen Boy“, which shortly became a bestseller.  About 10 years later, a Hollywood movie  with the same title went into production, to be released in late 2015.

But who was the real “kitchen boy” – Leonid Ivanovich Sednev – a boy who was just a year older than Tsarevich Alexei and the latter’s last friend and comrade. The boy who faithfully served the Romanov family at the Ipatiev House,  their last household in Ekaterinburg, until just a day before their murder.

Leonid “Lyonka” Sednev became the only human survivor from the “House of Special Purpose”- the last residence of the Romanov family, where the family of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, met all their deaths. Read more ROMANOV FAMILY: THEIR REAL “KITCHEN BOY” – LEONID SEDNEV

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

TSAR NICHOLAS II’S AEROPLANE MAKER: IGOR SIKORSKY (1889 – 1972)

TSAR NICHOLAS II’S AEROPLANE MAKER: IGOR SIKORSKY (1889 – 1972)

Nicholas II and Igor Sikorsky
Nicholas II and Igor Sikorsky

Born in Kiev (Russian Empire) on May 25, 1889, world famous Russian aircraft engineer, inventor and philosopher Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was the youngest child of a well-known psychiatrist, professor of the University of Kiev – Ivan Sikorsky and his wife Maria, nee Temryuk-Cherkasova.

From 1903 to 1906 Igor studied at the St. Petersburg Naval Academy. In 1907 he entered the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, where he joined the “Aeronautics Mechanical Circle”.  In the next few years, Sikorsky built his first two simple coaxial helicopters. The capacity of the unit built in 1909 reached 9 pounds, and was presented at a two-day aeronautic exhibition in Kiev later that year. None of helicopters built until this point could take off with a pilot, so Sikorsky switched to building airplanes.  In January 1910 he tested an aero-sleigh of own design and also flew the first plane of his construction: C-2. The following year he received his pilot license.

Read more TSAR NICHOLAS II’S AEROPLANE MAKER: IGOR SIKORSKY (1889 – 1972)

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

ROMANOV FAMILY FRIEND: MARGARITA KHITROVO

ROMANOV FAMILY FRIEND: MARGARITA KHITROVO

One of the last letters Empress Alexandra wrote from captivity was to the Romanov family friend Margarita “Rita” Khitrovo.
Empress Alexandra and Margarita "Rita" Khitrovo, a Romanov family friend.
Empress Alexandra and Margarita “Rita” Khitrovo, a Romanov family friend.

Read more ROMANOV FAMILY FRIEND: MARGARITA KHITROVO

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

DIARY OF TATIANA ROMANOV: N.P. SABLIN. 1913.

 

Grand Duchess Tatiana Romanov and N.P. Sablin on "The Standart" in 1913.
Grand Duchess Tatiana Romanov and N.P. Sablin on “The Standart” in 1913. Photo credit: ГА РФ, ф. 651 оп. 1 д. 262 л. 5 фото 101

Nikolai Pavlovich Sablin, Adjutant, Captain 1st Grade and Officer Aide-de-Camp, was a great favorite of the Romanov family.

Grand Duchess Tatiana often mentioned “N.P.” in her diaries and letters and always spoke very fondly of him.

After 1916, N.P. Sablin became Commander of the Imperial Yacht “The Standart”. Read more DIARY OF TATIANA ROMANOV: N.P. SABLIN. 1913.

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

ALEXEI ROMANOV: HIS FRIEND KOLYA DEREVENKO

ALEXEI ROMANOV: HIS FRIEND KOLYA DEREVENKO
Tsarevich Alexei with his friend Kolya Derevenko and his brother
Tsarevich Alexei with his friend Kolya Derevenko and Kolya’s brother

Kolya Derevenko was the son of Romanov family physician, Dr Derevenko. Because the boy was close in age to Tsarevich Alexei, the two were introduced as potential playmates and hit it off immediately.

Alexei often mentioned his friend Kolya in his diaries and letters, Kolya even accompanied the heir to Stavka to keep him company. Kolya and his family also followed Alexei and his family to Tobolsk, and after they were no longer allowed to see each other, Alexei always remembered his friend and regularly wrote letters and notes to him. Read more ALEXEI ROMANOV: HIS FRIEND KOLYA DEREVENKO

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail