Imperial Archives Returned

Imperial Archives Returned

Published: April 17, 2013 (Issue # 1755)

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The family archive of one of the branches of the Russian imperial family will be given to St. Petersburg’s Tsarskoye Selo museum to mark the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty.

More than a hundred objects will come back to Russia from New York. The archive will be presented to the museum by Michael Romanov-Ilyinsky, the grandson of Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich Romanov, who was the grandson of Russian tsar Alexander II and cousin to Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar.

“The archive and personal belongings of Dmitry Romanov will allow us to learn more about the life of the grand duke in Russia, and especially about the period of his life from 1920-1940, that we currently know nothing about,” said Iraida Bott, deputy head of the museum, Interfax reported.

Dmitry Romanov had to leave Russia in 1916 after being suspected of involvement in the murder of Grigory Rasputin, Russian mystic and an advisor to the Russian Imperial family. He died in Davos, Switzerland, in 1942

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