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'Heir' to the defunct throne of Russia leaves his Siberian job

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27 January 2014


Georgy Romanov pictured aged 11 (year 1992) in Kostroma, Russia. Picture: The Siberian Times 

The 33 year old disputed heir to the Russian imperial crown has left his position as an executive at the world's leading producer of nickel and palladium. Recently he has represented Norilsk Nickel as president of its Swiss-based Metal Trade Overseas AG. He has worked for the metals giant - with its main operations in the north of Krasnoyarsk region - since 2010. 

Earlier he had experienced working for the European Union and now is running his newly created 'Romanoff and Partners' PR company, based in Brussels. 

'Romanoff' was the spelling favoured by many aristocratic emigres who escaped to the West at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, which saw his ancestors abdicate the Russian throne in 1917.  Tsar Nikolai II and his immediate family were sent into Siberian exile before being executed in 17 July 1918. 

Prince Georgy's claim as pretender tsarevich - disputed by some other Romanovs - is linked to his great grandfather Grand Duke Kirill, whose grandfather was the third son of Tsar Alexander II. 

After the deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his brother Mikhail, and with many of the ruling family wiped out, Kirill assumed the Headship of the Imperial Family of Russia and later the title Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias. The supposed line goes through Georgy's grandfather Vladimir, whose only child was Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, current holder of the 'title'. 

'All people need to remember their ancestors and try to be worthy of them, follow their examples and learn from their mistakes,' said Georgy in a recent interview. 'I know that people judge us very harshly and demandingly because they compare what we do to the acts of our predecessors. 

'This is why I do my best in order to fulfil my duty to represent the honour of my homeland, my compatriots and the good name of the Romanovs, trying always to embody the strong values and traditions I have been brought up in and always trying to put my name at service for good causes'.

Grand Duke Georgy Romanov will now promote Russian business in the EU.

Georgy Romanov pictured aged 11 (year 1992) in Kostroma, Russia. Picture: The Siberian Times 

Georgy's new public affairs venture 'will specialise on advancing the corporate and public interests of businesses throughout the EU, not only those in Russia or Eastern Europe, bridging my life experiences in my adopted country with those in my true homeland, Russia - much in the way that Peter the Great bridged the gap between East and West in his own time'.

He is also involved in charity work and in particular The Russian Imperial Foundation for Cancer Research. 

Georgy said his experience at Norilsk Nickel had been invaluable, after he was appointed by the former general director. 

'I am truly grateful for this experience, my first experience on the commercial side of the business. This position has given me valuable insights into the metals industry and into the ways of current-day Russian corporate governance. Vladimir Strzhalkovsky first brought me in to be his adviser on issues related to the EU, and I benefited enormously from his strong model of business leadership. 

'Shortly after taking on this position, I assumed the responsibilities of president of Norilsk Nickel Europe in London and Brussels, representing the company's interests before various agencies of the EU. I then was named a member of the board of directors of an association of companies in the nickel industry, where I was positioned to help enhance and solidify the reputation of Norilsk Nickel and other similar companies from across the globe within the EU.

'For the past year, however, I have been working as CEO of Metal Trade Overseas, the main sales hub for Norilsk Nickel.'

In recent years Georgy had travelled to Siberia and the north of Russia, he said. 

Comments (3)

there is a line from a Scottish family now there mum's mum was Gray to who's mum was Natalia Brasova Countess Brasova wife of the TASAR Michele
GLENCOE, Newbury, West Berkshire, England.
26/07/2018 01:40
See you all in international criminal courts..
Romanov, Alaska
11/02/2017 02:44
The families who claim their bloodline is closer to the Past Romanov Czar Nicholas 11.. There is some dispute ammongst some Romanov family members-as been the rightful claimant to the position.,.

There is part of Nicholas 11 visible DNA markers still descending in some royal lines even today .I have written on other Romanov's who have showed the same visible DNA markers . I would invite any true claimant who is of the Romanov royal lines to write to me if they would care to see the inherited DNA markers of Czar Nicolas 11 , looks like ...

Frederic von Ebert, Vancouver BC
21/09/2015 09:24

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