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I've been reading Douglas Smith's book "Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy," which I learned about in this Taki column and would recommend to members of this forum. Smith is not entirely positive about the monarchy, but far more scathing in his description of the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin. Before I read this book, I had no idea that so many Russian aristocrats remained in the USSR for decades and tried to continue to live their lives in spite of everything. I think we tend to think of Russian nobility as having been mostly either exiled or immediately killed (as was true of the Imperial Family), but that was not the case. Not everyone could get out even if they wanted to, and not all of them wanted to, regarding Russia as their home no matter what. After the Civil War ended in 1922 there was a bit of a surreal lull in the persecutions. But then Stalin ramped up the terror again in the 1930s.

A particularly moving storyline concerns Yuri Saburov (1904-1937), a grandson of Count Sergei Sheremetev who had been a friend and aide to Alexander III. In 1936 the NKVD, having found Bibles and religious books in his apartment, arrested him. When they asked him his political beliefs, he defiantly stated, "I am a monarchist." He was sent to a labor camp and died of dysentery a year later. Now it may not be so hard to declare ourselves monarchists in most places today when we are (unfortunately) considered harmless, but I think we can all agree that to say that to the Soviet police in 1936 took real courage. So I think all monarchists should know the name Yuri Saburov.
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You should watch the Russian movie "Burnt by the Sun", which is about a gentry level family who survived up to the Stalin purges. They keep a relatively bourgeois lifestyle like in an Anton Chekov play. It's a moving film.
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I've seen it, actually.  Good movie, though my sympathy for "Old Bolsheviks" persecuted by Stalin is necessarily limited.
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With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.

V. In a blessed falling asleep, grant, O Lord, eternal rest unto Thy departed servant Yuri and make his memory to be eternal!
R. Memory eternal! Memory eternal! Memory eternal!

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