Photographs and personal items that belonged to Prince Felix Yusupov and his wife, Princess Irina Yusupova, niece of Tsar Nicholas II and other members of the imperial family, were found in the couple’s apartment in Paris and will be donated to the Russian Federation for display at an exhibition in St. Petersburg on February 15. Source: Vogue Russia

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The greatest Russian heiress of her day, and the last of her line at the House of Yusupov, Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova was a Russian noblewoman best known as the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov, the murderer of Rasputin, and the mother-in-law of Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, the only niece of Tsar Nicholas II. As a leading figure in pre-Revolutionary Russian society, she was famed for her beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality.

Princess Zenaide Yussupov

My mother was lovely. She was slim and had wonderful poise; she bad very black hair, a soft olive complexion and deep blue eyes as bright as stars; she was clever, cultured and artistic, and above all she had an exquisitely kind heart. No one could resist her charm, and far from being vain and proud of her exceptional gifts she was modesty and simplicity itself. ” Felix Yussupov.

On this day, 9 Dec. 1842, Prince Peter Kropotkin was borned. 

Kropotkin made an important contribution to science: geography, evolutionary biology, zoology, ecomomics and history were the fields of his scientific interests.

Descending from a noble family he devoted his life to struggle with social injustice. Being a prominent anarcho-communist and revolutionary he spent years in exile but did not betray his principles.

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Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky - Portrait of Prince Alexander Borisovich Kurakin (with a bust of Paul I in the background)

As Ambassador in Paris, Kurakin was known for two political acts: taking an active part in the arrangements for the signing of the Treaty of Tilsit, and warning the Tsar about the upcoming war with the French.

In Paris’ higher circles, Kurakin was famously referred to as a "diamond prince", due to magnificence and richness of his costumes. Interestingly, it was one of these costumes that actually saved his life during a fire that happened during a ball given by Schwarzenberg, the Austrian ambassador on 1 July 1810. While escorting the women out of the blazing hall, he fell to the ground and was trampled by the panicking crowd, but his richly decorated coat protected him from the worst of the intense heat. Nevertheless, he was still badly burned and was confined to bed for several months.

He is also credited with introducing Russian-style service à la russe to France, where it replaced the previous service à la française. [more]