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Count Brasov – the last male descendant of the Russian imperial family – died in 1931.

Count Brasov – the last male descendant of the Russian imperial family – died in 1931.

At the time of the outbreak of the October Revolution, Count Brasov was only seven years old. His mother managed to organize his extraction from Russia, with the help of Danish diplomats.

On July 22, 1931, Count Georgy Mikhailovich Brasov, the last male descendant of the Russian imperial family, was killed. Most of that family was killed after the October Revolution in Russia, including Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and children. The emperor had a younger brother – Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich – who was also killed after the revolution, but whose only son – the aforementioned Count George Mikhailovich Brasov – managed to survive. Count Brasov, however, under dynastic laws was not entitled to inherit the throne because his mother was not of royal descent. On the contrary, Tsar Nicholas II. at one time he was angry with his brother Mihajlo for marrying a divorced woman of lower birth and had severely punished him, even by dismissing him from all duties and freezing his property. Mihajlo’s wife could not obtain the title of Grand Duchess (she only received the title of Countess of Brasov), and this marriage was considered morganatic. During the First World War, the emperor and his brother reconciled, so little Georgy Mikhailovich Brasov received the title of count (although he was still excluded from the order of inheriting the imperial throne).

At the time of the outbreak of the October Revolution, Count Brasov was only seven years old. His mother managed to organize his extraction from Russia, with the help of Danish diplomats. His father – Grand Duke Mihajlo – was killed, but he and his mother managed to take refuge in England. There for a time the young count even attended the prestigious Harrow school, and was later educated at the Paris Sorbonne. Unfortunately, Count Brasov died at the age of just 20 in a car accident on the way from Paris to Cannes. The car he was driving, driven by his 19-year-old friend Edgar Moneanaar, hit a tree near the French city of Sens, killing them both.

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