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Russian nobleman proposes Crimean Livadia Palace be home for oldest Romanov family member

November 03, 2015, 16:25 UTC+3 SUZDAL
Prince Dimitri has announced willingness to leave Denmark, where he lives now, and move to reside permanently in Crimea
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Crimea’s Livadia Palace

Crimea’s Livadia Palace

© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS

SUZDAL, November 3. /TASS/. Honorary chairman of the Coordination Council of Compatriots of Britain Prince Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky has proposed that the oldest member of Russia’s imperial Romanov family — Prince Dimitri — be allowed to live in Crimea’s Livadia Palace, now housing a museum.

Prince Dimitri has announced willingness to leave Denmark, where he lives now, and move to reside permanently in Crimea.

"I am proud that, at least, a real legitimate representative of the House of Romanov is ready to go there at his own expense," Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky told TASS at the opening of the 9th Russkiy Mir (Russian World) Assembly in the ancient Russian city of Suzdal.

"And if he was allowed to settle in the Livadia Palace, that would be a correct step for Russia politically. It would show that a legitimate representative of the House of Romanov was identified with Crimea’s reunification with Russia and help the region economically since people would travel there to see a Romanov prince in the flesh," he told the gathering.

Prince Dimitri announced in August he was ready to sell his house in Denmark and move to Crimea. "I would do that with great pleasure," he told TASS. "Of course, I need to ask my wife first - we should think about what to do with our house in Denmark. We can sell it and come here. Naturally, I would be glad to move as soon as possible." the prince noted.

The two-day Russian World Assembly at Suzdal brings together government officials and public activists, political experts, scholars, teachers of the Russian language and literature and cultural figures - more than 600 people from 60 countries.

On November 4, participants assemble to lay flowers at the tomb of Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, who led Russian forces against Polish invaders in the early 17th century. He is buried in the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal.

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