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Paul Alexandrovich Romanov
Birth: Oct. 3, 1860
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russian Federation
Death: Jan. 30, 1919
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russian Federation

Russian Royalty, Army General. The eighth child of Tsar Alexander II by his first wife Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse, he entered the Russian Army and rose to the rank of General, but was known as a gentle person, religious and accessible to people. In 1889 he married Princess Alexandra Georgievna of Greece, who bore him two children: Maria and Dimitry. Young Grand Duchess Alexandria died soon after Dimitry's birth. In 1893, the young widower became close to Olga Valerianovna von Pistolkors, who was married to an officer from his regiment. Such episodes were not rare in the frivolous Russian high society of those days, but what could have been a temporary liaison turned out to be a long-lasting, passionate love story. Pavel requested the Tsar's permission to marry Olga, but it was refused, and the couple settled in Paris. In 1902, after Olga's divorce was granted, they married in an Orthodox church in Livorno, Italy. The Bavarian government granted Olga the title of Countess of Hohenfelsen in 1904, but the marriage caused a scandal in the Russian Court. Pavel was dismissed of his military commissions, all his properties were seized, and his brother Grand Duke Sergey was appointed guardian of Maria and Dimitry. For many years, he lived in exile in France with Olga and the three children she bore by him: Vladimir, who would become a poet, and two girls, Irina and Natalie. Eventually he was pardoned and settled with his family in Tsarskoe Selo. In 1915 the Tsar granted Olga and their children the title of Prince and Princesses Paley. During World War I he was placed in command of the First Corps of the Imperial Guard and later was moved to a new appointment at the Tsar's headquarters. In 1917 he tried to convince the sovereigns to grant a Constitution, but his efforts failed. However, he was one of the few members of the Imperial Family who remained quite close to the Tsaritsa during the final days of the Empire. After the Bolsheviks seized power, his family faced a terrible ordeal. Their properties were confiscated, they lived under constant harassment, and in March 1918 Vladimir was exiled to the Urals, where he was to be atrociously murdered. In August, Pavel was arrested and taken to prison in Saint Petersburg. His health, already bad, declined sharply, and his wife did all she could to have him released. Her efforts were useless: on January 29, 1919, Pavel was moved to St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress, and next morning he was shot there, along with his cousins Grand Dukes Dimitry Konstantinovich, Nikolay Mikhailovich and Georgy Mikhailovich. They were buried in a mass grave in the Fortress, the Bolsheviks having refused the distraught Princess Paley the right to bury her husband. His body has never been found. (bio by: Jorge) 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Nicholaevich Romanov (1818 - 1881)
  Maria Alexandrovna Romanova (1824 - 1880)
 
 Spouse:
  Alexandra Georgievna Oldenburg Romanovna (1870 - 1891)
 
 Children:
  Maria Pavlovna Romanov (1890 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alexander Alexandrovich Romanov (1845 - 1894)*
  Vladimir Alexandrovich Romanov (1847 - 1909)*
  Alexei Alexandrovich Romanov (1850 - 1908)*
  Sergej Alexandrovich Romanov (1857 - 1905)*
  Sergi Alexandrovich Romanov (1857 - 1905)**
  Paul Alexandrovich Romanov (1860 - 1919)
  George Alexandrovich Yurievsky (1872 - 1913)**
  Olga Princess Youriewska (1873 - 1925)**
  Ekaterina Alexandrovna Yourievsky (1878 - 1959)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jorge
Record added: Jan 12, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7076049
Paul Alexandrovich Romanov
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