Board Advisory Member H.E. Igor Olegovich Eleferenko has been representing the interests of Al-Khalifa Business School during the “Birthday of the Grand Duke George of Russia” in the Monastery of Novospassky, the house-burial vault of the Romanovs during the first visit of H.R.I.H Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia (Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia).

The history of this monastery starts from the XIII century and it is considered the first Moscow monastery. It was originally founded by the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, son of St. Alexander Nevsky, the site now occupied by the St. Danilov Monastery. In 1330, the son of Prince Daniel, John Kalita, transferred to the monastery Borovitsky hill in the Kremlin. The monastery then was called the Savior. In the middle of the XV century in the Kremlin begins construction of new churches – Archangel, Assumption and the Annunciation Cathedral and the new princely palace – construction of the Spassky Monastery interfere with this construction and it is transferred to the so-called Vasilyevsky mill on the banks of the Moscow River, is located close to the yard Sarskoye and Podonskih bishops on Krutitsk hill. The monastery was named the Novospassky or Savior on the New.

The last of the Romanov, buried in the family vault, became Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. His remains were buried here in 1995, and initially, as you know, he was buried on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin. At the monastery in memory of this event given up memo, which is considered among the faithful miraculous. This is due probably to the fact that the death of the Grand Duke was a martyr and unjust.

Correcting the injustices done to the Russian Imperial House of Romanoff, which made a significant contribution to the foundation, development, and growth of the Russian state over the course of 760 years, is a vital and necessary part of the general policy to affirm the continuity of the current Russian government with the nation’s past. Russia’s rejection of its former Communist ideology and Russia’s Constitutional guarantees of freedom of thought have together created the conditions for the revival of the full range of diverse and dynamic ideals, among the most significant of which are the religious, social, and political values embodied by the Romanoff dynasty. It would be wholly unthinkable to attempt to construct and cultivate a healthy civil society, which all recognize is essential for our nation, without acknowledging our country’s glorious past, to which its social and political structures are inextricably linked.

It was a profoundly Providential moment for our country when November 4 was declared the Day of National Unity—a date that is linked to the restoration of the Russian state after the Time of Troubles at the beginning of the 17th century. It was on that date in the year 1612 that foreign occupiers were expelled from Moscow and that internal enemies and traitors were defeated, beginning a historical process that culminated in the Assembly of the Land of 1613, which called the House of Romanoff, in the person of Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich, to the throne. The Russian government and society today understand and accept the need to eradicate the effects of a new Time of Troubles of the 20th century: the Revolution of 1917 and the atheistic and totalitarian regime it gave birth to. It was therefore that very meaningful date—November 4—that was chosen to mark the Day of National Unity.

The Russian Imperial House continues to exist as a historical institution on the basis of its historical and legal traditions and in full accord with its historical and dynastic laws.

No other legal foundation for determining the membership and internal structure of the Imperial House exists, nor can exist, except the House Laws.

Membership in the Imperial House is determined by the Family Statute, and the question of the Headship of the dynasty is determined in accordance with this Statute, “which provides complete clarity on the question and grants no allowance for a choice from among the various members of the ruling House.”

His Imperial Highness the Heir, Tsesarevich, and Grand Duke George of Russia was born on March 13, 1981 (new style) in Madrid, on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the martyrdom (on March 1/14, 1881) of his great-great-grandfather, Emperor Alexander II the Tsar-Liberator. He is the son of H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria of Russia and H.I.H. Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich.

The Grand Duke was baptized before the miracle-working Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, in the Orthodox Church in Madrid. Present at the baptism were King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain, and King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria. His godfather was King Constantine II of Greece.

His Excellency Igor Olegovich Eleferenko is an Advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, State Counselor and Colonel of the regular troops of the Cossacks. He has been representing the interests of the Monarchy in Russia having relations with institutions such as the Russian Imperial House and the Russian Orthodox Church.



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