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Project 1917 is a series of events that took place a hundred years ago as described by those involved. It is composed only of diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers and other documents

At the train station in Petersburg, I bought a newspaper and read, “Prince Yusupov has been arrested and imprisoned in the Peter and Paul Fortress.” The servants who had read of my arrest were in tears. See more

I told the commander that I had no intention of indefinitely staying in Kiev and doing nothing. I wanted to join my family in Crimea. Moreover, I had to pick up some things that I left in Petrograd, as I was leaving the city in a hurry.

When I opened the newspaper by accident, I jumped in my seat: there was a search for a criminal who had the same name as I did in my fake documents. I’m going the commander. He took away my document and easily gave me a new one, also fake. 

Confusion reigns in Kiev, just like in the capital. Rifle fire comes from everywhere, such that people are killed by stray bullets. Machine gun fire rages off and on. I pretty much crawl around the city. See more

I have decided to go to Petersburg, to hide my jewels and the most valuable items of my collection. I got to work as soon as I arrived. First I headed for the Anichkov Palace to remove the large portrait of Alexander III. See more

Despite the events and general alarm, we still accept guests often. Life takes over, even more so in adolescence. We get together with friends almost every day, at ours on the Moika, then at someone else's. Once, we even went to Tsarskoye Selo.

The Bolsheviks have attempted to seize power for the first time. Trucks full of armed men drove around the city. Lines of machine gun fire fanned out from the trucks.

Despite events and the general anxieties of the guests, we still often accept them. Life takes own, even more so in youth. We meet with friends almost every day. We have them over at our place on the Moika, then we go to someone else. We once went to Tsarskoe Selo.

While we were away, a court of inquiry visited regarding a complaint from Irina’s family: my mother- and father-in-law reported thefts that happened during the house-check in May. Everyone in the house was questioned separately. The Empress’ turn came. At the end of the interrogation they suggested she signs it “the former Empress”. She signed “Widow of Alexander III”.

The residents of Ai-Todor are daily exposed to insults. Twenty five soldiers and sailors, beasts and savages to a man, have taken up residence in the manor. The commissar has announced to my parents-in-law that they are under arrest.

Первая ласточка беды прилетела в Ай-Тодор. Утром тесть мой проснулся, ощутив револьверное дуло у себя на виске. В дом нагрянули с обыском матросы. Обыскивать приказал Петросовет: этим начальникам взбрело на ум, что Иринины родители — контрреволюционеры. Отобрали ключи от письменного стола и оружие. See more

We travelled back to Crimes in misery. A crowd of soldiers-deserters besieged the train. The corridors became full, people climbed on the roof. The third-class car collapsed from the weight. Everyone was drunk, many fell off the roof en route. See more

I managed to take out two Rembrandts among the masterpieces of our collection from St. Petersburg: "Man in a wide-brimmed hat" and "Woman with a fan". Having removed the frames and rolled them into tubes, I got them out easily

Rodzianko, the chairman of the Duma, has become a frequent visitor to our house. Once, catching sight of me, Rodzianko came straight out with a question: “Moscow wants to declare you Emperor, What do you say?” This wasn’t the first time I had heard this. Soon, Admiral Kolchak and Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich came to me and repeated: “The Russian throne has not, in the past, been achieved through inheritance or election. It has been seized. See more

Life in Petersburg is becoming unbearable. Everybody is raving about the revolution, even wealthy people, and those who used to think of themselves as conservatives. A great many city-dwellers have run away to their estates in the Crimea. We have become fugitives. The revolution has still not reached the south of Russia, and the Crimea is relatively safe.

Age: 30
Lives in: Petrograd, Russian Empire
Interests: Theater, painting, politics, cars, spiritualism
Title: Prince
Views: patriot, monarchist
Married to


in Petrograd
in Moscow