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  1. poniatowski

    Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and other claimants to the Throne 2: Oct '06-Jun '08

    I love the look of revulsion on the Grand Duke's face and the look of bemused condescension on the face of the relative standing behind the Grand Duke. Considering it was Yeltsin who had the Ipatieff house demolished, there probably isn't a lot of love lost between the Romanovs and Yeltsin.
  2. poniatowski

    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    I do not want to contradict BorisRom without doing decent research and I cannot do that without access to some electronic journals that the University has access to. I will just say that quite a few of the statements made by BorisRom are contrary to my intuitive understanding of Russia at...
  3. poniatowski

    Royal and Noble Castles and Palaces

    I think that the Sultan of Brunei's palace is horrible. It looks like a modern government complex. In response to a question someone asked, the largest palace is the winter Palace in St Petersburg, which was the largest building in Europe until the Ceaucescus decided to build their large...
  4. poniatowski

    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    This was in 1890. Considering that Russia at this time was considered to be one of the great powers in Europe, that was far higher than other comparable countries like Britain, France, Germany and the US where the illiteracy rates were around 20%. You would have to go to countries like Bulgaria...
  5. poniatowski

    Monarchy and Restoration; Rival Families and Claimants

    I said in another thread that Vladimir Putin was busy trying to engineer a new form of government. Something that is a cross breed between a monarchy and a presidency. I do not think that Russia wants to go back to the time of the Romanovs when it was incredibly poorly managed and had issues...
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    Royal and Noble Families of Poland and Lithuania

    My godmother is a Poniatowski or in her case a Poniatowska and the main branch of her family is in France although her branch is in Mexico and she divides her time between Mexico City and Texas. Her cousin was Minister of the Interior under Valery Giscard D'Estaing and his daughter was a close...
  7. poniatowski

    Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and other claimants to the Throne 2: Oct '06-Jun '08

    I think that Vladimir Putin is busy inventing a new form of monarchy and that any chance of Russia becoming a constitutional monarchy any time soon is doubtful. By the way it is a bit of a stretch of the imagination for the Grand Duchess to use HIH, firstly as Russia has devolved from an...
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