Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich Of Russia

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Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia

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Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia (14 May 1879 – 30 October 1956) was a Russian grand duke, the youngest son of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna.

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He escaped Russia following the Russian Revolution of 1917 and married his long-time mistress, Mathilde Kchessinska (1872–1971) in 1921. He claimed paternity of Kchessinska's son, Prince Vladimir Romanovsky-Krasinsky (30 June 1902 – 23 April 1974) Andrei was introduced to Kchessinska by his elder brothers, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia. Kschessinska, a ballet dancer, had previously been the mistress of Andrei's cousins Tsar Nicholas II and Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich of Russia. Kschessinska liked Andrei's looks when she first met him, as she described in her memoirs:



Andrei and his family settled in Paris following the Revolution. He was one of the few members of the Romanov family to believe the claim of Anna Anderson to be Tsar Nicholas II's youngest daughter Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. When he first met the woman, he said it was "an unshakable recognition ... Her face is striking in its profound sadness, but when she smiles, it is she, it is Anastasia, without a doubt." He offered the woman support for her claim and financial assistance throughout her life.Peter Kurth, Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson, Back Bay Books, 1983, p....
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