Helsinki, Finland will host an exhibit inspired by and dedicated to a lady-in-waiting to Empress
Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov, Anna Alexandrovna Vyrubova (née Taneyeva). The venue is
slated to be the Russian Center of Science and Culture.
Anna is often credited, albeit discredited, with being a force for the promotion of the “strannik”
(ie странник , an Orthodox pilgrim) known as Rasputin, recommending him to the Empress who
was constantly looking for a source of comfort and divine intervention for the well-being of her
son, Alexei the Tsarevitch.
Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov, Count Sumarokov-Elston, instrumental in the murder of
Rasputin, once exclaimed, “It was largely due to her that Rasputin owed his amazing rise to
The woman aka “Evgenia Smetisko, Eugenia Smith, Eugenie Smetisko and HIH Grand Duchess
Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov” writes in her memoirs included in Anastasia Again: The
Hidden Secret of the Romanovs (Ice Box Publishing, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-943927-13-5) that
Bolsheviks had gone to Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village where the imperial residence and
mansions of others close to court were located south of St. Petersburg) to dig up Rasputin’s
remains and cremate them.
Errantly, she maintains, they had mistaken the corpse of an elderly valet and destroyed that
instead. Rasputin, she confesses (p. 169) had been buried by Vyrubova “on her own property
near the woods on the high road heading toward Alexandrovka Village.” In contrast to
Vyrubova’s wishes, aka “Evgenia/Anastasia” confides, the Empress had suggested “that his body
should be shipped back to his family in Siberia.”
The exhibition will feature photographs, personal effects, archival documents and other objects
from Vyrubova’s estate.
Helsinki to Host Anna Vyrubova Exhibit