The Romanovs' Jewelry ~ The Diamond of Pavel I || this light-pink diamond was bought by Catherine II's son Pavel I for 100 KRUR. Once this stone belonged to one of Indian princesses who wore it in her necklace. Pavel ordered to make a golden ring with this diamond for him. Until 1920s when the ring was disassembled jewelers called this stone the Blood-Red Ruby, as Pavel ordered to glue a red-colored pavilion (backside) to the ring's diamond. Kept in Armory Fund, Kremlin, Moscow
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg. This marvelous Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1 1881. Constructed between 1883 and 1907, the church was designed in the spirit of sixteenth- and seventeenth century Russian architecture, inspired particularly by St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow.
Abandoned in Moscow, enrolled in the Red Army and finally crowned as a king. With his degree in tractor driving, childhood on a collective farm and proud record as a Communist youth leader, Sergei Kotov appears to be the archetypal child of Soviet Russia. In the land where all were equal, however, he had one thing that always made him stand out - a black skin.