Sasha Krugosvetov has been recently awarded with the Commemorative Medal of the Russian Imperial House “Anniversary of the Nation’s Victory, 1613-2013” by decree of the Head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess of Russia Maria Vladimirovna Romanova.
This medal was established in honor of the 400th anniversary of the end of the Time of Troubles and the reestablishment of the Russian State. It’s worth to clarify that the Time of Troubles was a period of Russian history comprising the years of interregnum between the death of the last Russian monarch of the Rurik Dynasty in 1598, and the establishment of the Romanov Dynasty in 1613. It was a period of foreign intervention, civil uprisings and a famine that killed one-third of the population. Those things threatened to destroy the Russian State itself.
According to the Statutes of the Medal, it’s an award for people who have distinguished themselves in their activity for the good of the Russian State.
For reference, after the Russian Revolution of 1917, some members of the Romanov Dynasty were killed, and the remaining members were exiled abroad. Then the Russian Imperial House continued its existence in exile. Today, the Imperial House has virtually no influence on Russian policy, but actively participates in the cultural and social life of the country.