14 October 2020

2020-10-14 The Head of the House of Romanoff has issued a Rescript to the Head of the Legal Office of the Chancellery, G. Iu. Lukianov, on the 25th Anniversary of his Service to the Imperial House



To the Head of the Legal Office of Her Own Chancellery, G. Iu. Lukianov


Dear German Iurievich!


Twenty-five years ago, my mother, the Dowager Grand Duchess Leonida Georgievna, with my knowledge and permission, entrusted you with the legal defense of the memory of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers and other royal martyrs of Our House and their loyal servants.


Fulfilling the many duties entrusted to you since then, first for my Mother and then directly for me, you have achieved results that have proved vitally important for the state and society of modern Russia.


You helped prepared the paperwork and wrote the formal appeals, in full accordance with the law, that led to the issuance of death certificates for Our relatives, and you gathered materials that illuminated the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Of particular and lasting importance was the ruling you helped obtain from the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on October 1, 2008, recognizing the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II and members of his family as victims of political repression and formally rehabilitating them, as well as other members of the dynasty and their relatives who were executed.  These historic rulings and outcomes were possible because of your dedicated and tireless efforts.


For a quarter of a century, you have served unfailingly, conscientiously, and selflessly, assisting in many ways both me and my son, as well as your colleagues in the Our Chancellery.


Please accept my deepest and most sincere thanks for all you have done and achieved.


I know that you have recently had to go through a very serious illness caused by the coronavirus.  I hope you regain your strength soon and I pray for your complete recovery.


Yours very sincerely and respectfully,


[The original is signed in the Grand Duchess’s own hand:]




October 1/14, 2020

Feast of the Intercession of the Mother of God

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