Трагическая кончина

праправнука Императора Александра III

осталась незамеченной в России

 

8 февраля стало известно, что еще в прошлом году трагически погиб праправнук Императора Александра III, правнук Их Императорских Высочеств Великого Князя Александра Михаиловича (1866-1933) и Великой Княгини Ксении Александровны (1875-1960), внук Князя Императорской Крови Никиты Александровича (1900-1974), сын историка Никиты Никитича Романова (1923-2007) Федор Никитич Романов.

Об этом духовнику Движения «За Веру и Отечество» и Московского Георгиевского отдела РИС-О иеромонаху Никону (Левачеву-Белавенцу) во время международной конференции «Соотечественники – потомки великих россиян» сообщил правнук Императора Александра II Светлейший князь Г.А. Юрьевский.

Проведенная Объединенной пресс-службой проверка информации установила следующее. 20 сентября 2007 года в газете «Нью-Йорк Таймс» появилось платное объявление, извещавшее, что Федор Романофф, «возлюбленный сын Жанет Романофф», трагически погиб в конце августа во Флориде. Также упоминалось, что он последовал за своим отцом «Князем Никитой», за которым бережно ухаживал после обширного инсульта и который скончался 3 мая 2007 года. Заметка завершалась сообщением о том, что поминальная служба запланирована на 40-й день в Нью-Йорке.

Однако 26 сентября на сайте ABCNEWS.com была опубликована статья Эмили Фридман, раскрывающая еще более трагические обстоятельства происшедшего.

Расследование, проведенное автором статьи, установило, что 32-летний Федор Романов был обнаружен мертвым 25 августа 2007 года возле своего дома в городке Помпано Бич (Pompano Beach) в штате Флорида. Медицинская экспертиза установила, что смерть наступила в результате тяжелой травмы головы. Полиция сделала вывод, что Федор выпрыгнул с верхнего этажа дома, в котором проживал. Его мать была не в состоянии беседовать с корреспондентом. На момент написания статьи еще не были закончены экспертизы, позволявшие сделать вывод об употреблении наркотиков или алкоголя пред самоубийством. Никакой более поздней уточняющей информации на сегодняшний день Пресс-службе найти не удалось.

Ф.Н. Романов родился 30 ноября 1974 года в Нью-Йорке в семье Н.Н. Романова и его жены Джейн Анны урожденной Шоенвальд (Jane Anna Shoenvald). Изучал древние классические и египетский языки в Колумбийском и Брауновском университетах.

Соседи отмечали, что еще в детстве Федор значительно отличался от сверстников интеллектуальным развитием. Почти все подчеркивали его добрый и отзывчивый характер. Особенно трогательно он ухаживал за больным отцом, проводя рядом с ним почти все свое время. «У меня всегда будет стоять перед глазами Тео, носящий своего отца на руках по двору», - сказал корреспонденту консьерж расположенной на Манхеттене Нью-Йоркской квартиры семьи Романовых.

Удивительно, что в течение почти года, прошедшего после трагедии, ни в печатных, ни в электронных СМИ не появилось никакой информации о случившемся.

Особенно странным выглядит молчание возглавляемого Н.Р. Романовым «Объединения членов рода Романовых», в котором состояли Федор и его отец. То, что о случившемся «братья Романовичи» знают, свидетельствует тот факт, что и Никита Никитич, и Федор Никитич, больше не упоминаются в списках Объединения

 

Ниже мы приводим оригинальные тексты, обнаруженные в интернете.

     

The New York Times

Paid Notice:

Deaths
ROMANOFF, THEODORE

Published: September 20, 2007

 

ROMANOFF Theodore. Beloved son of Janet Romanoff, died as a result of a terrible accident, age 32, in Florida at the end of August. He joins his father Prince Nikita for whom he cared tenderly after his massive stroke and who died May 3, 2007. May the angels watch over them both. Theo was gentle, kind and a loving soul. He cherished everything in nature and took great care not to inflict harm on any living thing. Theo dreamed of becoming a teacher and studied Classics and Egyptian and ancient languages at Columbia University and at Brown University, where he earned a M.A. with honors. He was also close to his Russian heritage, his father being a Russian author and historian. 40-days memorial service is planned for October 3rd at Frank Campbell's in New York.

 Russian Heir, 32, Mysteriously Commits Suicide

Infamous Russian Family

Lives in Rent-Controlled New York City Apartment

By EMILY FRIEDMAN
Sept. 26, 2007

Among the long list of small, paid obituaries that ran in The New York Times on Sunday was a recognizable name: Romanoff.

Theodore Romanoff, the grandson of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailvich, the cousin and brother-in-law of Emperor Nicholas II, died, according to the announcement, as a result of a "terrible accident" on Aug. 25, 2007.

Little information was provided in the mysterious death notice; indeed, it had all the secrecy so characteristic of Russia's former first family. Was it some sort of odd scam? And if the deceased was really a relative of the legendary czars, how did he end up as a footnote in the death notices?

Upon further investigation, Romanoff's cause of death was suicide, according to the Broward County Police Department, which told ABCNEWS.com that he was found dead outside his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., by a neighborhood window washer.

The 32-year-old suffered multiple blunt trauma wounds to his head, according to the medical examiner's office, which said it believed that Romanoff jumped from his house. The office didn't suspect that foul play had contributed to his death.

Toxicology reports, which will determine whether Romanoff was using drugs or alcohol when he committed suicide, will not be completed for another few weeks.

His mother, Janet Romanoff, was unavailable for comment regarding her son's death.

The Romanoff Family Legacy

Theodore's suicide is the latest tragedy for a family that has experienced centuries of violence and upheaval.

A notoriously private family, the Romanoffs have a history in Russia that spans more than 400 years. Emperor Nicholas II abdicated the throne to the Bolsheviks' communist regime in 1917. After Nicholas gave up the throne, his children were executed.

The few members of the extended Romanoff family who were not brutally killed by the Bolsheviks fled Russia in the early 20th century. Theodore's father, Nikita, eventually came to the United States, settling in New York City and marrying Theodore's mother — now the only remaining immediate family member — Janet Romanoff.

After suffering a stroke, Nikita died in May 2007. The obituary noted that Theodore had spent much of his time caring for his sick father.

"I would always see Theo carrying his father in his arms around the courtyard," said a doorman at the family's New York City apartment building, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

So what, exactly, provoked the young Romanoff whose own obituary described him as gentle, loving and kind to commit suicide remains a mystery? The answers are elusive.

A Fallen Heir

"They were a very, very private family," said Dianne Johnston, who for 35 years has lived next door to the Romanoffs' Florida home where Theodore killed himself. "Theodore has always been a little different. He wasn't a regular teenager like my kids; he was very intellectual."

Theodore studied classics and Egyptian and ancient languages at Columbia and Brown universities, where he received a master's with honors.

Angela Hussein, one of his classmates at Brown, said that everyone around campus knew Theodore, and that despite his obviously famous last name, Theodore never really talked about his Russian background.

"[Brown] tended to be everyone talking about international traveling or their diplomatic parents, but Theodore tended to be in his own world," said Hussein. "He never drank or did drugs; he was very health conscious. He was a vegan and had reasons behind it: He wanted to be very pacific and didn't want to hurt animals."

When asked whether she ever saw Theodore dating, Hussein responded that she never saw him with a girlfriend or a boyfriend and that she never heard him speak about a significant other.

And as for the fabulous Romanoff fortune, most, if not all, would have been left in banks in Russia and later stolen by the Bolsheviks, according to Peter Sarandinaki, president and founder of SEARCH, an organization that investigates the remaining Romanoff heirs.

The apartment Theodore shared with his parents in New York — the same one his mother resides in today — is a rent-controlled two-bedroom in a modest building constructed in the 1950s, according to the doorman, who has known the Romanoff family for more than 25 years.

Was lineage part of their destiny or was the Romanoffs' most recent fall from grace simply the struggles of an ordinary family? Russian historians believe the family had no delusions of grandeur.

The chances of a restoration in Russia are virtually nonexistent," said Harvard University historian Richard Pipes. "[The Romanoffs] are essentially regular people, refugees."

 

P.S. Готовя данный материал, Пресс-служба обнаружила на сайте Нью-Йорк Таймс еще одно платное объявление, извещающее о кончине дяди Федора Никитича – Александра Никитича (род. в Париже 4.11.1929 г.), скончавшегося в Лондоне 21 сентября 2002 года. Для интересующихся историей рода Романовых помещаем и эту информацию.

 

ROMANOFF, HIH PRINCE ALEXANDER

 

ROMANOFF - HIH Prince Alexander Of Russia died in London, after a brief illness on September 21. Prince Alexander was a greatgrandson of the emperor Alexander III and the empress Maria Feodorovna, and a grand-nephew of the last tsar, Nicholas II. His grandparents were Grand Duchess Xenia, the eldest daughter of Alexander III, and Grand Duke Alexander Mihailovich, grandson of Emperor Nicholas I. Prince Alexander was the son of Prince and Princess Nikita of Russia. His mother was born Countess Maria Ilarionovna VorontsovDashkov. Prince Alexander was born in Paris on November 4, 1929. He spent much of his early life at Windsor in England, in France and in Italy. He attended Columbia University in New York City and was fluent in Russian, English, French and Italian. He had a superb memory and spent much of his life doing historical research and genealogy. If you needed an answer to a genealogical question, you turned to him, and he - adding fascinating historical anecdotes - would tell you without even consulting a book. Prince Alexander is survived by his wife, Princess Maria Immacolata, born Princess Valguarnera di Niscemi, her sister, Margarita, his brother, Prince Nikita, Nikita's wife Janet, and his nephew Theodore. Religious services were held in London, and a private memorial service will be given in New York City.

 

 Объединенная пресс-служба Движения «За Веру и Отечество» и Московского Георгиевского отдела РИС-О

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