Photo project on life of Romanov Royal Martyrs launched online

Moscow, April 11, 2018

4,000 pictures will be published on four social media platforms.


In cooperation with the Russian state archives, Russia Today has launched a large-scale multimedia cross-platform project #Romanovs100, which will tell the story of the holy Royal Martyrs in 4,000 original photos from their personal archives. Users will be able see the most complete to date photo collection of the Royal Family.

The #Romanovs100 project, timed to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the martyrdom of the Royal Family, has been launched on four social media platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Rare photos will be published on the platforms for 100 days from April 8 to July 17—the day of the Romanovs’ martyrdom.

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Each platform will have a unique narrative and format. On Facebook, high-quality pictures and panoramas from the Romanovs’ collection are intertwined with lyrical stories about the life of St. Nicholas II, his wife St. Alexandra, and their children and friends.

The Instagram account will feature St. Tsarevich Alexei’s favorite dog, the Spaniel Joy, who will tell about the life of her owners. The YouTube account, documentary videos will show historical details, including both the ceremonial and everyday life of the family. On Twitter, the story will be developed in the first person through the accounts of Tsar Nicholas, Tsarina Alexandra, family doctor St. Eugene Botkin, and the Romanov sisters.

“The Romanovs were among the first amateur photographers in the world… They had several cameras with which they recorded almost every significant event of their family life. Thanks to the project, our audience will discover the diversity of the crowned family: as the last rulers of the Russian Empire, as a loving and caring family, as romantic travelers, as dog lovers, and, of course, as passionate fans of photography,” said project author Kirill Karnovich-Valua.

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