A commission created in the years 1894-1895 to mark the tercentenary of the rule of the Romanov Dynasty in 1913 approached Tsar Alexander III for guidance about the possibility of building a public worship site close to the Moscow railways station in St Petersburg.
In November 2006 at a meeting between Metropolitan Vladimir of St Petersburg and the president of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Boris Gryslov it was decided to create a committee with the purpose of initiating the reconstruction of the church.
In July of the following year I was asked by Mr Gryslov to become a member of the board of trustees which I was proud to accept. Since then I have visited the church three times and closely followed the advance of the reconstruction work and had very informative and meaningful meetings with Father Alexander Sorokin, who is deeply involved and motivated with this important task.
On 20 July 2009, accompanied by my wife and my nephew Prince Rostislav Romanov and several close personal friends I made another visit to the reconstruction site of the church, this time to donate a very personal icon.
This act was meant as a gesture on my behalf not only to remember the martyrs of the Yekaterinburg massacre, but also to ask for their blessing upon the Romanov descendants.
Prince Dimitri Romanov