The Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House released today a Statement and a Clarification concerning the new Amazon Prime Series, “The Romanoffs.”
The series was developed, written, and produced by Matthew Weiner, an American, most famous for creating the internationally popular series “Mad Men.”
“The Romanoffs” is more like a series of loosely connected short films than a series. It is a collection of stories in which one or more of the characters believes that they are descended from the Russian Imperial Family.
Though the series is clearly fiction, the first two episodes have sparked controversy: the opening credits feature a gory recreation of the murder of the Imperial Family, who are now recognized as saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, and in the second episode, dwarf actors are used to portray the Imperial Martyrs in an humiliating sequence meant to be comical.
The Imperial house notes that it “does not wish to fan the flames of publicity,” but that it cannot stand by when such coarse and vulgar liberties are taken with the representation their relatives and ancestors.