Maria Romanova arrives in Moscow amid Ukraine crisis

PHOTO: Princess Maria “Masha” Vladimirovna

Since February 2020, I have written more than 20 full-length articles on the Kirillovich branch of the Romanov dynasty. These articles have proven to be of great interest to many readers of this blog. In fact, during the past year, these articles have proved the most popular and widely read, some generating thousands of hits.

Some people are not going to like the following article, however, I am merely reporting the news . . .

Last week, Princess Maria “Masha” Vladimirovna[1] arrived in Moscow from her home in Madrid, her first visit to Russia since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The main purpose of her visit was the baptism of her grandson Alexander Georgievich Romanov, the son of Prince George “Gosha” Mikhailovich[2] and Princess Victoria Romanovna[3]

The baptism ceremony was held at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on 6th December. The event was attended by Gosha’s father and Masha’s ex-husband Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, as well as Rebecca’s parents Roberto Amedeo Simeone Bettarini and wife Carla Virginia Cacciatore.

While most will think of this as nothing more than a happy family event, Maria’s visit to Russia is sure to raise eyebrows, particularly among those who support her, but are vehemently opposed to Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

Just last week, I posted some beautiful photographs of the ‘Ural Express’, a luxurious new retro-train, which began service from Ekaterinburg. One Australian chap added the following comment: “visiting Russia at this time is morally wrong!” It is interesting to note that this man supports Maria’s claim to the non-existent Russian throne, recognizing her as the “legitimate Head” of the Russian Imperial House, which ceased to exist on 17th July 1918. I wonder how our friend in Sydney will react to Maria’s visit to Russia?

PHOTO: Masha at the baptism of her grandson in Moscow on 6th December 2022. From left to right: Carla Virginia Cacciatore, Roberto Amedeo Simeone Bettarini, Princess Victoria Romanovna, Alexander Georgievich Romanov, Prince George “Gosha” Mikhailovich, Princess Maria Vladimirovna and Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia

Masha and Gosha on annexation of Crimea and war in Ukraine

It is no secret that both Maria and her son supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

It was in 2014, the self-proclaimed “Head” of the non-existent Russian Imperial House Princess Maria Vladimirovna[4] illegally awarded the Imperial Order of St. Anastasia to the Russian politician and State Duma deputy Natalya Poklonskaya, for her efforts in the reunification of Crimea with Russia.

On 30th November 2017, Poklonskaya returned the Order and nobility title, because Maria Vladimirovna refused to support Poklonskaya’s efforts on outlawing the controversial film Matilda for its allegedly blasphemous portrayal of the affair between Nicholas II and the ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya.

In June 2018, Masha and Gosha drove a Russian made Lada across the newly opened Crimean Bridge, which links the Russian Federation with the Crimean Peninsula.

In June/July of this year, Gosha weighed in on the Russia/Ukraine situation. He was quoted on Russian social media [Вера и Верность], stopping short of condoning Putin’s “special operation”:

“Ukraine for me has been and remains a part of the Fatherland [Russia] in the highest sense of the word.” 15th July 2022

“Unfortunately, Western partners have chosen the path of an ultimatum against Russia, which, as we see, does not entail a solution to the Ukrainian issue, but, on the contrary, aggravates not only it, but, as a result, other world problems,” 27th June 2022.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Masha and Gosha have both issued veiled pleas for peace, however, neither of them have come out and condemned Putin for a war which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Russians and Ukranians. Needless to say, both Masha and Gosha are persona non grata in Ukraine, a country they both claim to hold close to their hearts.

PHOTO: Gosha and Masha visiting Crimea in June 2018

The “Russian Imperial House maintained good relations with Vladimir Putin”

Masha and Gosha don’t dare criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin. Why? Because according to Russell Martin, a prominent American mouthpiece for Maria Vladimirovna, the “Russian Imperial House [Masha and Gosha] maintain good relations with Vladimir Putin”. Martin acts as both translator and International Communications Advisor to the so-called “Chancellery of Her Imperial Highness”.

In my review of Gosha and Rebecca’s nuptial’s in October 2021, I noted that while Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had been invited to the wedding of George Mikhailovich to Victoria Bettarini in St. Petersburg, would not be attending.

Putin also stated that he would not be congratulating the newlyweds either, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in response to the relevant question.

“No, the president is not planning to congratulate the newlyweds in any way. Once again, this wedding has absolutely nothing to do with our agenda,” Peskov said.

This is a clear indication that Putin does NOT recognize the current Romanov descendants – Maria Vladimirovna and her son George Mikhailovich, as anything more than Russian citizens.

It is interesting to note that Martin’s quote about Masha and Gosha’s “good relations with Putin” is one of many sensationalized articles penned by him on his Legitimist blog. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Martin promptly deleted any and all comments which linked Maria and George to Putin. Martin has a history of distorting the truth about the Kirillovich branch of the dynasty and their descendants. His job is to detract any negative media coverage of Masha and Gosha, always putting a spin on the truth in order to make them come up smelling like roses. This is reason enough to take anything written by him with a grain of salt.

Maria and George are wise not to speak out against Putin, knowing the consequences which they would face. For one, Maria’s “Chancellery” would be closed in Moscow; her son and his morganatic wife—both of whom live in Moscow—would be asked to leave the country; and Maria herself would be persona non grata in Russia. In addition, their Russian passports would most likely be revoked.

PHOTO: Prince George “Gosha” Mikhailovich

“Send George to the front and sanction him!”

In the Spring of 2021, Gosha was interviewed in an international magazine out of Hungary known as Gentleman’s Review. He was quoted as saying: “I was raised to serve my country.”

This statement, coupled with his Ukraine comments documented on Russian social media this past summer raise some serious questions about Gosha’s personal commitment to “serve his country”, and he must be made accountable!

Not only should Gosha be recruited and sent to the front to fight for Russia in this dreadful war, he should also be sanctioned by the EU.

George Mikhailovich is a successful and wealthy businessman, and while thousands of his countrymen are being sent home in body bags, George and Victoria live in the lap of luxury in their sumptuous home in Moscow.

“The Russian Imperial House does not make statements of a political nature . . . ”, claims Maria Vladimirovna, words of wisdom her son may want to take into consideration . . .

Why is this article relevant?

I am dedicated to clearing the name of Russia’s much slandered Tsar. This includes identifying those who broke their personal oath to Nicholas II, including George Mikhailovich’s great-grandfather Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich (1876-1938), a member of the Russian Imperial Family, who not only lacked a moral compass, but openly defied his Sovereign, culminating in committing treason against the Tsar in 1917.

Under no pretext can we admit to the throne those whose ancestors belonged to parties involved in the 1917 revolution in one way or another. Nor can we admit those whose ancestors betrayed Tsar Nicholas II. Nor can we ignore those who ancestors openly supported the Nazis. Thus, without any reservations, the right to the succession to the throne of the Kirillovich branch should be excluded.

Any one who supports this branch of the family, dishonours the memory of the Holy Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II.

NOTES

[1] Maria “Masha” Vladimirovna is a Princess, not a Grand Duchess. The last grand duchess of Russia was Nicholas II’s younger sister Olga Alexandrovna, who died on 24th November 1960, in Toronto, Canada.

[2] George “Gosha” is the son of the Prussian Prince Franz Wilhelm of Hohenzollern [born 1943], and a great-grandson of Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941). He is legitimately a German prince, and has much more rights to the German throne than that of Russia. But George, albeit very conditional, is still Romanov on the female side, it is absolutely unrealistic to imagine that Russia, would ever accept him as their Tsar.

[3] Born Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, she was received into the Orthodox faith on 12th July 2020, taking the name Victoria Romanovna [named after Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna, wife of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich].

[4] Maria Vladimirovna never had or has any authority to hand out titles or awards as she is not and never has been a ruling monarch. Despite this, Maria actively, and completely illegally distributes orders, medals and even titles of the Russian Empire. While many orders and awards of the Russian Empire have been officially restored in the modern Russian Federation, an ordinary civilian, and not a representative of the state, distributes the same order in appearance and name to her supporters on behalf of the “Imperial House”.

© Paul Gilbert. 12 December 2022

New Romanov baby “cannot rightfully be considered a member of the Russian Imperial Family” – says Romanov Family Association

PHOTO: Prince George of Prussia, his wife Victoria, née Rebecca Bettarini, and Father Nikon (Belavenets), holding the recently born Prince Alexander of Prussia

On Thursday, 27th October 2022, the ROMANOFF FAMILY ASSOCIATION issued the following statement, regarding Prince Alexander of Prussia, who was born on 21st October to Prince George of Prussia, and his wife Victoria, née Rebecca Bettarini:

The ROMANOFF FAMILY ASSOCIATION has been informed that on Friday, 21st October 2022 His Royal Highness Prince George of Prussia, and his wife Victoria, née Rebecca Bettarini, have welcomed a son, Prince Alexander of Prussia.

The Romanoff Family Association has already officially and firmly expressed its position on the illegitimate claims of Her Serene Highness Princess Maria Vladimirovna and her son, His Royal Highness George of Prussia to be members of the Russian Imperial Family and to bear the titles of Grand Duchess and Grand Duke of Russia. [cf. Annexes 1 and 2]

The Romanoff Family Association sends its best wishes to the newborn prince of Prussia who, being a descendant of the tsars of Russia by female and unequal lineage, cannot rightfully be considered a member of the Russian Imperial Family according to the Fundamental Laws of the Russian Empire and the Statutes of the Russian Imperial Family.

Princess Olga Andreevna
President
ROMANOFF FAMILY ASSOCIATION

Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich
Vice-President
ROMANOFF FAMILY ASSOCIATION

PHOTO: Princess Olga Andreevna and Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich

Annexe 1 : declaration of 1970.
Annexe 2 : declaration of 1981.

Annexe 1:
April 1970
Declaration by the princes Vsevolod, Roman and Andrew of the House of Russia.
As representatives of the three lines of the Imperial House of Russia, we wish to declare our attitude towards certain “proclamations”, recently published by prince Vladimir Kirillovitch, who is known as Grand Duke and Head of the Imperial House of Russia.

  1. Prince Vladimir’s wife has the same status as the wives of all the other Princes of the Blood Imperial of Russia.
  2. It follows that we do not recognize the right of Prince Vladimir’s wife to the title of Grand Duchess.
  3. It also follows that we do not recognize her daughter Maria as a Grand Duchess and that we regard the proclamation of Princess Maria Vladimirovna as future “Guardian of the Throne of Russia” and eventual “Head of the House of Russia” as an arbitrary and illegal act.

Annexe 2:
25 March 1981
Declaration
The Romanoff Family Association has been informed that Her Serene Highness Princess Maria Vladimirovna, wife of His Royal Highness Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, has given birth to a son, His Royal Highness Prince Georgiy of Prussia.

Keeping well in mind that all matters of dynastic importance can only be resolved by the great Russian people, on Russian territory, the Romanoff Family Association wishes to remind that in autumn 1976 at the time of the wedding of Her Serene Highness, the Princess Maria Vladimirovna, Their Highness the Princes Roman Petrovitch, Andrey Alexandrovitch, Dmitri Alexandrovitch, Rostislaw Alexandrovitch and Vassili Alexandrovitch issued and signed the following statement:

“We the members of the Imperial Family, born before the abdication of the Emperor Nicholas II, protest against the willful unwarranted act of Prince Vladimir Kirillovitch who gave to the husband of his daughter Maria Vladimirovna the illegal title of Grand Duke of Russia.

We also protest against the decision of Prince Vladimir Kirillovitch to declare his daughter Maria Vladimirovna the sole heiress to the throne, foreseeing the beginning of a new dynasty of Hohenzollern – Romanoff.

We consider such intentions to be an infringement on the rights of the members of the Romanoff Family, which we must protect”.

The Romanoff Family Association keeping the above document in mind states that the happy event in the Royal House of Prussia does not concern the Romanoff Family Association as the newborn Prince is neither a member of the Imperial House of R ussia, nor is he a member of the Romanoff family.

Prince Vassili Alexandrovitch
President, Romanoff Family Association.

© Romanoff Family Association. 1 November 2022

October 12th marks the birth and death of a Romanov traitor

PHOTO: obituary notice on the death of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich (1876-1938)

On 12th October 1876, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich was born. Ironically, on 12th October 1938, he died in exile, aged 62.

Kirill was born on 12th October [O.S. 30th September] 1876, at the Vladimir Villa, the country residence of his parents at Tsarskoye Selo. He was the second of five children born to Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909) and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (1854-1920), born Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Kirill was a grandson of Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) and a first cousin of Emperor Nicholas II. He was also the uncle of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (1906-1968) and great-uncle of Prince Michael of Kent (born 1942).

In the service of the Fatherland

After graduating from the Sea Cadet Corps and Nikolaev Naval Academy, in January 1904, Kirill was promoted to Chief of Staff to the Pacific Fleet in the Imperial Russian Navy. With the start of the Russo-Japanese War, he was assigned to serve as First Officer on the battleship Petropavlovsk, but the ship was blown up by a Japanese mine at Port Arthur in April 1904. Kirill barely escaped with his life, and was invalided out of the service suffering from burns, back injuries and shell shock.

From 1909–1912, Kirill served on the cruiser Oleg and was its captain in 1912. In 1913, he joined the Maritime Division of the Imperial Guard and was made Commander of the Naval Guards in 1915. He achieved the rank of rear admiral in the Imperial Navy in 1916, a position which he later abandoned.

PHOTO: Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna

An unholy alliance

During the festivities marking the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II, held in Moscow in May 1896, Kirill fell in love with his paternal first cousin, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1876-1936). They flirted with each other at the balls and celebrations, but Victoria Melita was already married to Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse (1868-1937), the only brother of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

Victoria’s father was Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844-1900), the second eldest son of Queen Victoria. Victoria’s mother was Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna (1853-1920), a daughter of Emperor Alexander II and Kirill’s paternal aunt. Victoria Melita scandalized the royal families of Europe when she divorced her husband in 1901.

On 8th October 1905, Kirill entered into an incestuous marriage [forbidden by the Russian Orthodox Church] with the divorced Victoria Melita. The marriage caused a scandal within the Russian Imperial Family, as well as in the Royal Courts of Europe and Great Britain.

The couple wed without the formal approval of Britain’s King Edward VII (as the Royal Marriages Act 1772 would have required), and in defiance of Emperor Nicholas II by not obtaining his consent. Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna wrote that she felt “responsible for having arranged the marriage of Ducky and Kirill,” a decision she regretted.

Nicholas II punished Kirill, by stripping him of his offices and honours, also initially banishing the couple from Russia. Together with their two daughters, the family settled in Paris before they were allowed to visit Russia. In 1910, they returned to Russia, whereupon the Emperor recognized Victoria Melita as Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna.

Despite the family reconciliation, the strained relationship which had already existed for many years between Nicholas and Alexandra with Kirill and Victoria, would remain strained and even hostile.

Revolution and betrayal

Even before Emperor Nicholas II’s abdication, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich was one of the first Russian officers to commit an act of betrayal to his oath of loyalty to the Sovereign and to his dynastic duty.

While commanding the Marine of the Guard, which was responsible for guarding the Empress Alexandra and her children at Tsarskoye Selo, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich with his tsarist monogram on his epaulettes and a red ribbon on his shoulders, under which the Marine of the Guard followed their commander, appeared on 1st March, at the State Duma, where he reported to Duma Chairman M.V. Rodzianko. “I have the honour of appearing before Your Excellency, I am at your disposal, as is the entire nation. I wish Russia only good.” Then he stated that the Marine of the Guard was at the complete disposal of the State Duma. Kirill then authorized the flying of a red flag over his palace on Glinka Street in Petrograd.

Prior to that, the Grand Duke sent notes to the chiefs of the military units at Tsarskoye Selo, with a proposal “to join the new government”, following his own example.

In June 1917, Grand Duke Kirill was the first Romanov to flee Russia, along with his pregnant wife and their two children. Not only was his desertion “illegal”, Kirill, who was serving as a rear admiral in active military service in a country at war, had thus abandoned his honour and dignity. It is interesting to add, that the Kirillovich were the only branch of the Imperial Family who managed to escape the Bolsheviks, without losing any family members.

In exile, on 8th August 8, 1922, Kirill declared himself “guardian of the Russian throne”. On 13th September 1924, he proclaimed himself “Emperor of All Russia” to the now non-existent Russian throne under the name of “Kirill I”. He became known as the “Soviet Tsar” because in the event of a restoration of the monarchy, he intended to keep some of the features of the Soviet regime.

In addition, is Kirill’s shameful infidelity—an affair which involved his behaviour or relationship far more sensational and unorthodox than a simple casual affair with another woman—a possible homosexual liaison perhaps?

Not only was Grand Duke Kirill a coward, he was clearly a man who lacked a moral compass and a traitor to his Sovereign and to Russia. His acts of treason and desertion, and later his support of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during his years in exile, thus deprived his descendants any rights to the Russian throne.

PHOTO: the tomb of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, in the Grand Ducal Mausoleum of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg

Legacy

Grand Duke Kirill was initially buried at the ducal mausoleum at Friedhof am Glockenberg, Coburg.  Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the remains of Kirill and Victoria were transferred from Coburg to the Grand Ducal Mausoleum of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg on 7 March 1995 after negotiations and great expense, thanks to the efforts of his Spanish-born granddaughter Princess Maria Vladimirovna.

84 years after his death, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich remains one of the most despised members of the Russian Imperial Family. While some believe that he was a beacon for a restoration of the monarchy in Russia, his record of treason simply cannot be overlooked or swept under the rug, by those who work so diligently to whitewash his legacy.

During the 1920s until his death in 1938, his only adherants, were known as the Kirillists. Today, they are known as Legitimists – a small group of zealots – most of whom are American, and have no say whatsoever in the monarchist debate in modern day Russia. They work tirelessly to keep Kirill from falling from the pedestal, which this insignificant group of nutters has placed him on.

Despite what the Legitimists claim on their blog and social media, neither Kirill, nor his descendants Maria Vladimirovna and her pompous arrogant son George Mikhailovich, are very popular in post-Soviet Russia. Most Russians – including monarchists – dismiss their claims as “pretenders” to the non-existent Russian throne. Their activities in Russia attract a lot of media attention, in particular the wedding of George Mikhailovich to Rebecca Bettarini in St. Petersburg on 1st October 2021.

Under no pretext can we admit to the throne those whose ancestors belonged to parties involved in the 1917 revolution in one way or another. Nor can we admit those whose ancestors betrayed Tsar Nicholas II. Nor can we ignore those who ancestors openly supported the Nazis. Thus, without any reservations, the right to the succession to the throne of the Kirillovich branch should be excluded!

Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich is the subject of my forthcoming book ‘Traitor to the Tsar! Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and Nicholas II‘, the first comprehensive study to examine the relationship between Grand Duke Kirill and his first cousin Tsar Nicholas II. It is based primarily on documents and letters retrieved from Russian archival and media sources, many of which will be new to the English reader.

My book was scheduled for publication this year, however, my cancer diagnosis, followed by surgery, recovery at home and six months of chemotherapy combined, put this new book project on hold. In recent months, I have acquired some new documents from Russian sources – at great expense, I might add! – which I am now having translated into English, in order to incorporate some of their findings in my book.

© Paul Gilbert. 12 October 2022

Photoshopped portrait of Nicholas II “an abomination!”

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to photoshop Emperor Nicholas II out of this portrait, and replace him with the pompous and arrogant Prince George “Gosha” Mikhailovich Hohenzollern[1].

When I posted this dual image on my Facebook this morning, it caused outrage by more than 300 friends and followers, and more than 100 angry comments: “an abomination!”, wrote Elena Abramushkina, from Moscow.

While it is very doubtful that “Gosha” consented to this forgery, surely even he would agree that the image insults the memory of Russia’s last Emperor and Tsar?!

The ceremonial portrait of the Emperor was painted in 1914, by the famous Russian artist Ernst Karlovich Lipgardt (1847-1932).

During his years in St. Petersburg, Lipgardt painted at least ten portraits [known to this author] of Nicholas II. Lipgart was also a gifted decorater, taking on projects such as the palaces and theatres in the capital, including the stage curtain in the Hermitage Theatre.

He also took on more unusual requests, including decorating menus for the Nicholas II’s coronation in Moscow in May of 1896. He also painted 100 figures on a piano, telling the story of Orpheus. The piano was a present from the Tsar to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

“Gosha” is the son of Princess Maria Vladimirovna[2], one of two claimants[3] to the non-existent Russian throne. He styles himself as Его Императорскому Высочеству Государю Наследник Цесаревичу и Великому Князю / His Imperial Highness Sovereign Heir Tsesarevich[4] and Grand Duke. In reality, he is nothing more than a Spanish-born businessman, who now lives and works in Moscow.

American Legitimists continually mislead others with claims that “Gosha” and his mother are very popular in Russia these days, however, nothing could be further from the truth!

The idea of restoring monarchy in post-Soviet Russia is not popular with most Russians. In the summer of 2019, a poll conducted by REGNUM of some 35,000 Russian citizens showed that only 28% supported the idea of restoring the monarchy, more than half (52%) of which would NOT support placing a “Romanov” on the throne!

Furthermore, according to the abbot of the Archangel Michael Monastery of the Alexander Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Afanasy Selichev: “If we carefully read the latest edition of the law on succession to the throne, it becomes absolutely clear that the current Romanovs have no right to occupy the Russian throne.”

NOTES:

[1] George is the son of the Prussian Prince Franz Wilhelm of Hohenzollern [born 1943], and a great-grandson of Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941). He is legitimately a German prince, and has much more rights to the German throne than that of Russia. But George, albeit very conditional, is still Romanov on the female side, it is absolutely unrealistic to imagine that Russia, would ever accept him as their Tsar.

[2] Maria Vladimirovna is a Princess, not a Grand Duchess. The last grand duchess of Russia was Nicholas II’s younger sister Olga Alexandrovna, who died on 24th November 1960, in Toronto, Canada.

[3] The other claimant is the lesser known grandson of Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna (1907-1951) Prince Nikolai Kirillovich, Prince of Leiningen (born 1952). Both he and Maria Vladimirovna are direct descendants of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich – the traitor to Nicholas II. Neither one of them have any legal claim to the Russian crown.

[4] The title “tsesarevich” is most often confused with “tsarevich”, which is a distinct word with a different meaning: “Tsarevich” was the title for any son of a tsar, including sons of non-Russian rulers accorded that title, e.g. Crimea, Siberia, Georgia, whereas “Tsesarevich” was the title reserved for the heirs of the Emperors of Russia after Peter I.

“Gosha’s” use of the title “Sovereign Heir Tsesarevich” implies that he is heir to the Russian throne, which of course, he is not!

© Paul Gilbert. 7 September 2022

The latest from “MASHA” and “GOSHA”

PHOTO: Maria “MASHA” Vladimirovna and her son George “GOSHA” Mikhailovich

The ongoing antics of the Spanish born Princess Maria “Masha” Vladimirovna and her son Prince George “Gosha” Mikhailovich (Hohenzollern), the self-proclaimed “Empress” and “Tsesarevich” to the non-existent Russian throne, continue to pop up in the Russian media.

A son for Gosha!

In May of this year, Gosha and his Italian born wife Rebecca Bettarini announced to the world that they were now breeding, and that their first child is due in October. On 21st July, the couple announced that they were expecting a boy.

Their adherants – a small group of Legitimist zealots, most of whom are American – wasted little time in taking to social media to coo and gush over the news.

Victoria stated in an interview with the French magazine Paris Match, “this baby will be the first Romanov born in Russia after my husband’s grandfather, Prince Vladimir Kirillovich, in 1917” – who was born in the city of Porvoo in the Grand Duchy of Finland in August 1917.

The Russian language site Legitimist.ru noted that the newborn son would be “recognized as a morganatic descendant only, having no right to inherit the Russian Throne”.

Despite this, in an effort to solidify the non-existent claims of both herself and that of her son, it is not a question of “if” but “when” Princess Maria Vladimirovna will elevate her grandson’s status to “grand duke”.

Rebecca Bettarini was received into the Russian Orthodox Church on 12th July 2020, in the SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Princess Maria Vladimirovna conferred on Madame Bettarini the title of “Her Serene Highness the Most Serene Princess,” taking the name Victoria Romanovna.

It is very important to note, that Maria Vladimirovna never had or has any authority to hand out titles or awards as she is not and never has been a ruling monarch. Despite this, Maria actively, and completely illegally distributes orders, medals and even titles of the Russian Empire. While many orders and awards of the Russian Empire have been officially restored in the modern Russian Federation, an ordinary civilian, and not a representative of the state, distributes the same order in appearance and name to her supporters on behalf of the “Imperial House”.

In addition, despite her insistence that she has no aspirations of being Empress of Russia, she does nothing to dissuade the Russian language sites, from identifying her as “Head of the Russian Imperial House H.I.H. The Empress Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.” This of course is nonsense, she is a princess, nothing more!

“No shows” at this years’ Tsar’s Days events in the Urals

Much to this writer’s surprise, not a single descendant of the Romanov family attended the Divine Liturgy held in Ekaterinburg on the night of 16/17 July. The anniversary of the regicide is very important to both Orthodox Christians and monarchists.

Neither Princess Maria Vladimirovna and her son Prince George Mikhailovich (Hohenzollern), the self-acclaimed “heads” of the “Russian Imperial Family” failed to attend the 104th anniversary marking the death and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family.

Western sanctions and the war in Ukraine cannot be used as excuses by either one of them. Despite the fact that most foreign airlines have ceased flying into Russia, it is still possible to reach St. Petersburg, Moscow and even Ekaterinburg from Europe via 3 foreign carriers.

Gosha who resides in Moscow, is the only Romanov descendant currently living in Russia, so one can only speculate his absence this year?

Let us not forget that it was Masha’s great-grandmother Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, who was openly hostile towards both the last Emperor and Empress. In addition, Masha’s grandfather and Gosha’s great-grandfather Grand Duke Kirill was a traitor to Russia’s last Tsar.

GOSHA stops short of condoning Putin’s “special operation”

“The Russian Imperial House does not make statements of a political nature . . . ”, claims Maria Vladimirovna, words of wisdom her son may want to take into consideration . . .

In recent weeks, Gosha has weighed in on the Russia/Ukraine situation. He has been quoted on Russian social media [Вера и Верность], stopping short of condoning Putin’s “special operation”:

“Ukraine for me has been and remains a part of the Fatherland in the highest sense of the word.” 15th July 2022

“Unfortunately, Western partners have chosen the path of an ultimatum against Russia, which, as we see, does not entail a solution to the Ukrainian issue, but, on the contrary, aggravates not only it, but, as a result, other world problems,” 27th June 2022.

Click HERE to read my article ‘The unholy alliance of Maria and Vlad‘, published on 5th March 2022

© Paul Gilbert. 28 July 2022

14th March marks a day of treason against the Tsar

PHOTO: Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and Emperor Nicholas II

On this day – 14th (O.S. 1st) March 1917 – Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich (1876-1938) committed treason against Emperor Nicholas II

* Click HERE to read my article Grand Duke Kirill’s act of treason against Emperor Nicholas II, published on 26th May 2021

Before the Emperor’s abdication, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich was one of the first Russian officers to commit an act of betrayal to his oath of loyalty to the Sovereign and to his dynastic duty. While commanding the Marine of the Guard, which was responsible for guarding the Imperial Family at Tsarskoye Selo, Kirill Vladimirovich marched them into Petrograd to declare their allegiance to the new Provisional Government.

Prior to that, the Grand Duke sent notes to the chiefs of the military units at Tsarskoye Selo, with a proposal “to join the new government”, following his own example.

In June 1917, Grand Duke Kirill was the first Romanov to flee Russia, along with his pregnant wife and their two children. Not only was his desertion “illegal”, Kirill, who was serving as a rear admiral in active military service in a country at war, had thus abandoned his honour and dignity. It is interesting to add, that the Kirillovich were the only branch of the Imperial Family who managed to escape the Bolsheviks, without losing any family members.

Not only was Grand Duke Kirill a coward, he was clearly a man who lacked a moral compass and a traitor to his Sovereign and to Russia. His acts of treason and desertion, and later his support of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during his years in exile, thus deprived his descendants any rights to the Russian throne.

* Click HERE to read my article “The Russian Imperial House ended with the murder of Nicholas II” , published on 17th February 2021

© Paul Gilbert. 14 March 2022

The unholy alliance of Maria and Vlad

PHOTO: Maria Vladimirovna, clearly delighted in meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin, during her visit to Moscow, in September 2012

* This article was updated with additional information on 14th March 2022

On 24th February 2022, Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of neighbouring Ukraine. Since that time, an estimated 2000+ civilians have been killed in Ukraine; cities and towns have been bombed to submission; nuclear plants have been bombed; and according to French president Macron “the worst is yet to come”.

Many monarchists and Romanovphiles awaited a statement on the invasion, from the Spanish born princess, Maria Vladimirovan, the self aclaimed “Head” of the now defunct Russian Imperial House, who resides in a luxurious apartment in Madrid, Spain.

Maria issued a carefully worded statement the same day, one which was promptly translated into English by Russell E. Martin, a prominent American mouthpiece for Maria Vladimirovna. Martin acts as both translator and International Communications Advisor to the so-called “Chancellery of Her Imperial Highness”.

Riding in Martin’s back pocket is Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, [aka “Mr. X”], a well known Facebook troll, who from April 2020 to September 2021, served as Curator of the Russian History Museum in Jordanville, NY.

Together, Martin and Nicholson coo and fawn over this ridiculous woman, and work diligently to spread her agenda to an English speaking audience in the West. Their work is aided by a small group of Legitimist zealots, most of whom are American.

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n her statement, Maria noted that she is both “alarmed” and “grieved” by those who have been “pitted against each other and spilt their blood; how peaceful citizens are dying and suffering; how parents shed inconsolable tears over the coffins of their children . . . ”

She closes her statement by saying – “I, my son and heir, The Grand Duke George of Russia, and his spouse, Princess Victoria Romanovna, pray for the immediate implementation of peace.”

What is particularly disturbing, however, is Maria’s failure to acknowledge the one person who is responsible for all the blood spilt, human suffering and death: Vladimir Putin!

She further adds – “The Russian Imperial House does not make statements of a political nature, and in any event, in the current conditions we do not have complete information that would allow us to make them”.

If this so called “Empress de jure” knew anything about her ancestors, she would know, that each and every Romanov monarch was very much involved in politics. Claiming that she lacks “complete information” is a spineless wat if skirting the issue, especially given all the reliable sources available.

Several months back, Russell Martin noted in one of his articles, that the “Russian Imperial House maintained good relations with Vladimir Putin” – a comment which has since been deleted by the author. In truth, Putin merely tolerates this family, nothing more.

As an example of not getting “involved in politics”, it is interesting to note that Maria openly supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Not only did she snuggle up to Putin’s agenda, she illegally awarded Natalya Poklonskaya, a popular Russian politician, who from 2014 to 2016 served as Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea, the Imperial Order of St. Anastasia. On 30th November 2017, Poklonskaya returned the Order and nobility title.

So, in light of recent events, why has Maria Vladimirovna not spoken out against Putin? While she has kept her word—for the most part, any way—that she does not involve herself in politics, she wouldn’t dare criticize Putin, knowing the consequences which she would face. For one, her “Chancellery” would be closed in Moscow; her son and his morganatic wife—both of whom live in Moscow—would be asked to leave the country; and Maria herself would be persona non grata in Russia. In addition, their Russian passports would most likely be revoked.

If Maria Vladimirovna wants to gain any respect, then she must take a stand, and denounce the deranged Russian president, who is obsessed with destroying Ukraine, and murdering thousands of innocent men, women and children.

As one of my Facebook followers noted: “Her “statement” was a masterpiece of pomposity and obfuscation, achievemening nothing other than massaging her own ego!”

© Paul Gilbert. 5 February 2021

Maria Vladimirovna takes the “which ever way the wind blows” approach to the Ekaterinburg Remains

PHOTO: Princess Maria Vladimirovna

On 24th January, the Interfax news agency announced that “The Russian Imperial House will support a Russian Orthodox Church decision to recognize the authenticity of the remains of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, and members of his family.”

When referring to the “The Russian Imperial House”, the prominent Russian news agency is of course referring to the House of Romanov, the reigning Imperial House of Russia from 1613 to 1917. The Russian Imperial House ended with the murder of Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II on 17th July 1918.

Today’s so-called “Russian Imperial House” is “headed” by Princess Maria Vladimirovna, the Spanish-born granddaughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, a coward who lacked a moral compass and a traitor to Nicholas II and the Russian Empire.

According the Robert K. Massie, following the discovery of the remains of Emperor Nicholas II and most of his immediate family in 1991, Maria Vladimirovna wrote to President Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) regarding the burial of the remains, saying of her Romanov cousins, whom she does not recognise as members of the “Imperial House” (including the grandchildren of Nicholas II’s sister Grand Duchess Xenia), that they “do not have the slightest right to speak their mind and wishes on this question. They can only go and pray at the grave, as can any other Russian, who so wishes”.[1]

She has also said, regarding her Romanov relations, that “My feeling about them is that now that something important is happening in Russia, they suddenly have awakened and said, ‘Ah ha! There might be something to gain out of this.”

At the behest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Maria did not recognise the authenticity of the remains and declined to attend the reburial ceremony in 1998, however according to Victor Aksyuchits, ex-advisor of Boris Nemtsov[2], the exact reason behind Maria’s absentance at the state burial for Nicholas II and his family in 1998 was motivated by the Russian government’s refusal to recognize her status as official Head of the Romanov House[3], after requesting such via a letter prior the funeral ceremony.

Despite Maria’s protests, President Boris Yeltsin and his wife attended the funeral along with more than 50 Romanov descendants[4] from all over the world, including Prince Michael of Kent. Members of the self-proclaimed “The Russian Imperial House”- which included Maria Vladimirovna, her son George Hohenzollern, and her mother Leonida Georgievna – were no where to be seen.

Instead, Patriarch Alexei II (1929-2008), Maria Vladimirovna, her son George Hohenzollern, and her mother Leonida Georgievna (1914-2010) attended a liturgy at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church, situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km north-east of Moscow.

The Holy Synod opposed the government’s decision in February 1998 to bury the remains in the Peter and Paul Fortress, preferring a “symbolic” grave until their authenticity had been resolved. As a result, when they were interred on 17th July 1998, they were referred to by the priest conducting the service as “Christian victims of the Revolution” rather than the Emperor and members of his family. Patriarch Alexei II, who felt that the Church was sidelined in the investigation, refused to officiate at the burial and banned bishops from taking part in the funeral ceremony.

So, why has it taken so long for Maria Vladimirovna to acknowledge the authenticity of the Ekaterinburg Remains?[5] Accoring to Alexander Zakatov, who serves as Maria’s senior mouth piece and head of her “chancellery” in Moscow: “The Russian Imperial House – the house, not some private individuals variously related[6] – has always said: we neither affirm not deny the authenticity of the remains but are waiting for the Church’s Council to determine. Once it has done so, the Imperial House will perceive it with joy,” he said.

Maria Vladimirovna has continually claimed that “Neither I nor my son are involved in politics” – she wouldn’t dare! She would never dare speak out against either the Church or Putin. If she challenged or criticized the former, she would no doubt face the wrath of the Church. Likewise, if she challenged or criticized the latter, she would most likely be made persona non grata in Russia.

Maria Vladimirovna’s comments this week are of course political. As she has accused her relatives in the past, perhaps, she also believes ” ‘Ah ha! There might be something to gain out of this!”

NOTES:

[1] Massie, Robert. The Romanovs. The Final Chapter. New York: Random House, 1995

[2] Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (1959-2015) was one of the most important figures in the introduction of reforms into the Russian post-Soviet economy. Nemtsov, who served as Deputy Prime Minister under President Boris Yeltsin, was charged with organizing the funeral of Nicholas II and his family in 1998. From 2000 until his death, he was an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. Nemtsov was assassinated on 27th February 2015, beside his Ukrainian partner Anna Durytska, on a bridge near the Kremlin in Moscow, with four shots fired from the back.

[3] In addition, many people continue to ask “why”, this woman who claims such an important title continues to live in Madrid, rather than move to Russia. The answer is again motivated by the Russian government’s refusal to recognize her status as official “Head” of the House of Romanov.

[4] At the time of the funeral, Prince Nicholas Romanovich (1922-2014) was recognized by all the living Romanov descandents as the Head of the Romanov Family, with the exception of Maria Vladimirovna, her son George Hohenzollern, and her mother Leonida Georgievna.

[5] It is interesting to note that while Maria has visited the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama, and attended the Patriarchal Liturgy held on 17th July 2018, in Ekaterinburg, she has never visited the Romanov Memorial at Porosenkov Log, where the remains of Nicholas II, his wife and three of their five children were discovered in 1991, and the remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and his sister Grand Duchess Maria were discovered in 2007.

[6] Zakatov is referring to Maria Vladimirovna’s Romanov relations, who are scattered across the globe, and for whom she continually holds in contempt, due to morganatic marriages since 1917, thus she believes that they are beneath her “status” as the self-proclaimed “head” of the now non-existent “Russian Imperial House”. Maria Vladimirovna has many detractors, all of whom refuse to recognize her claim, given that her parents [Vladimir Kirillovich and the divorced Leonida Kirby] married morganatically, and that she is the direct descandant of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich.

© Paul Gilbert. 26 January 2022

Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich: the “Soviet Tsar”

PHOTO: Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich in exile

On 31st August 1924, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich (1876-1934) proclaimed himself Emperor of All Russia to the non-existent Russian throne under the name of “Kirill I”. He became known as the “Soviet Tsar” because in the event of a restoration of the monarchy, he intended to keep some of the features of the Soviet regime.

While living in exile, he was supported by a small group of émigrés who styled themselves “legitimists”, underlining the “legitimacy” of Kirill’s succession. [Note: the “legitimists” today support Kirill’s great-granddaughter Princess Maria Vladimirovna, born 1953].

The opponents of Kirill were known as the “un-predetermined”, which included Emperor Nicholas II’s mother: the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, her daughters Grand Duchesses Xenia and Olga Alexandrovna, Grand Dukes Nicholas and Peter Nikolaevich, who believed that in the wake of the radical revolutionary events that the convening of a Zemsky Sobor was necessary in order to choose a new monarch for Russia.

PHOTO: Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich meets with members of the Union of Mladorossi [Young Russians]

Kirill found his strongest support among a group of radical “legitimists” known as the Union of Mladorossi [Young Russians], a Russian émigré organization, who became heavily influenced by fascism. It is known, that the Young Russians group tried to flirt with the Nazis, however, their relationship with the latter was short lived. The fascist influence on the Young Russians was demonstrated not only by its doctrine but also be its visible use of the Roman salute used by Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler [the Sieg Heil].

In addition, the organization began to exhibit pro-Soviet sympathies, arguing that a hybrid of Russian monarchy and the Soviet Bolshevik system could peacefully coexist—their slogan being “Tsar and the Soviets”, a socialist version of the traditional “Tsar and People”.

According to the Young Russians, the revolution had given birth to a “new man” – a heroic type, capable of courage and self-sacrifice. They saw these virtues in Kirill Vladimirovich – the grand duke known for being a coward, lacking a moral compass, and a traitor to Emperor Nicholas II.

Kirill sent Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich (1891-1942), as his representative to the party leadership of the Young Russians. Kirill’s brother Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich (1879-1956), also took part in the activities of the Young Russians.

PHOTO: members of the Union of Mladorossi [Young Russians] provided an honour guard at the funeral of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, in Coburg in 1938

The bulk of the Russian emigration did not support the Young Russians movement, which openly communicated with the State Political Directorate (GPU), the Soviet intelligence and secret police service. According to various estimates, modern researchers of the Russian diaspora estimate their number from 2,000 to 5,000 members, which is in any case a very large figure for the politically active part of the emigration.

Upon the death of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich on 12th October 1938, members of the Union of Mladorossi [Young Russians] provided an honour guard at his funeral in Coburg in 1938. Following the death of Kirill in 1938, and during the Second World War, his son Vladimir Kirillovich (1917-1992) maintained relations0 with the Mladorossi.

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This article is just one of the many topics discussed in my forthcoming book ‘Traitor to the Tsar! Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and Nicholas II’ – which will be made available on AMAZON later this year.

Traitor to the Tsar’ will be the first comprehensive study to examine the relationship between Grand Duke Kirill and his first cousin Tsar Nicholas II. It is based primarily on documents and letters retrieved from Russian archival and media sources, many of which will be new to the English reader.

Not only was Grand Duke Kirill a coward, he was clearly a man who lacked a moral compass and a traitor to his Sovereign and to Russia.

In this book I discuss his entering into an incestuous marriage with his paternal first cousin and a divorcee, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1905, defying both Nicholas II by not obtaining his consent prior, and the Russian Orthodox Church.

In addition, Kirill’s shameful infidelity—an affair which involved his behaviour or relationship far more sensational and unorthodox than a simple casual affair with another woman—a possible homosexual liaison perhaps?

Kirill’s act of treason during the February Revolution of 1917, is well known and for which he is most vilified. It was in Petrograd, that Kirill marched to the Tauride Palace at the head of the Garde Equipage (Marine Guard) to swear allegiance to the Russian Provisional Government, wearing a red band on his uniform. He then authorized the flying of a red flag over his palace on Glinka Street in Petrograd.

In June 1917, Grand Duke Kirill was the first Romanov to flee Russia. His departure was “illegal”, as Kirill was still in active duty as a rear admiral in active military service in a country at war, he had abandoned his honour and dignity in the process.

In 1922, Kirill declared himself “the guardian of the throne”, and in 1924, pompously proclaimed himself “Emperor-in-Exile”, creating a schism in monarchist circles of the Russian emigration.

In addition, I explore Kirill and Victoria’s alleged Nazi affiliations during their years in exile.

© Paul Gilbert. 10 January 2022

Kirillovichi commit sacrilege against Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II

In the autumn of 2016, the then Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and the Governor of the Moscow Region Vorobyov, presented the New Jerusalem Museum and Exhibition Complex with a framed picture (above) in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty (1613-2013).

PHOTO: Former Russian prime minister Medvedev and Patriarch Kirill examine the framed picture presented to New Jerusalem Museum and Exhibition Complex in October 2016

The picture depicts many of the former tsars, emperors and empresses, including Russia’s last tsar Nicholas II, who is depicted as a saint in the center. What is so disturbing about this picture, are the images of the Kirillovich branch of the Imperial Family, who are depicted disrespectfully above that of the Tsar-Martyr.

PHOTO: portraits of the Kirillovich depicted disrespectfully above the image of the Holy Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II

Each of their portraits bears a small white marker noting their false titles [Государь]: “Kirill I Emperor in Exile”, “Sovereign Vladimir Kirillovich”, and “Sovereign Maria Vladimirovna”.

Recall that it was Kirill – not only a coward, but the grand duke who lacked a moral compass – one who committed treason against his cousin Emperor Nicholas II in 1917. Vladimir and his daughter Maria are prince and princess, neither had any legal status as “head” of the Russian Imperial House or claimant to the non-existent Russian throne.

PHOTO: the marker reads “Kirill I Emperor in Exile” 1924-1938

PHOTO: the marker reads “Sovereign Vladimir Kirillovich” 1938-1992

PHOTO: the marker reads “Sovereign Maria Vladimirovna” 1992 –

The framed picture is clearly the work of the current “pretenders” and their supporters. One Romanov blogger in Russia, referred to the picture as “sacrilege,” and rightly so!

© Paul Gilbert. 19 December 2021