Friday, March 9, 2012

Grand Duke Michael arrested

March 8, 1918

United Press is reporting the arrest of Grand Duke Michael of Russia, younger brother of the former Tsar.  He was arrested "after the discovery of a German plot to restore the monarchy and place him on the throne."  Russian officers and Georgian cavaliers were also arrested, according to the dispatch.

The plot was formed when "German occupation of Petrograd seemed imminent.  The Grand Duke is now being held as a prisoner at the Smolny Institute.  His role in the conspiracy has not been made public.
Grand Duke Michael, 40, is ten years younger than the former Nicholas II. In the decade before the outbreak of the war, his name "was foremost in the royal scandals of Europe."
smb1223)He also "openly opposed the German influence" in the Russian imperial family.

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