The fount of the privileges of the Order of the Jerusalem Cross

Sibirsky was the foremost of many Genghisid (Shaybanid) families formerly living in Russia. It traced its descent from Kuchum, the last of the Siberian khans.

Kuchum’s sons were captured by Yermak’s Cossacks and brought to Muscovy, where they were settled in Yaroslavl and other towns and were authorized to style themselves Tsarevichs of Siberia. Kuchum’s grandson Alp-Arslan was even installed as a puppet khan of Kasimov between 1614 and 1627.

In 1591, the son of Kuchum, Abul Khayir was the first of his dynasty to convert to Christianity. His conversion was followed by the conversion of his entire family who eventually assimilated into the Russian nobility. For instance, although his son was known as Vasily Abulgairovich, his grandson’s name, Roman Vasilyevich, could no longer be distinguished from a native Russian name.

In 1686, the tsar decreed that the dynasties of the king of Imeretia in the Caucasus along with the princes of Siberia and Kasimov were to be entered into the Genealogical Book of the Russian nobility. Originally, their legal standing was similar to that of the mediatized princes of the Holy Roman Empire. The tsarevichs married into the best Russian families. One of their princesses was the wife of Peter the Great’s uncle, another married a son of the Georgian king.

Notable representatives

The last of tsarevichs was Vasily Alekseyevich Sibirsky, who apparently sided with Tsarevich Alexis against Peter the Great. In 1718, he was banished to Siberia, while the title of his descendants was degraded from tsarevich to kniaz, or prince.

Vasily’s grandson, Prince Vasily Fyodorovich Sibirsky, reached a high rank of General of Infantry in the service of Catherine the Great but was implicated in irregularities and sent to Siberia by her son. Alexander I returned him to St Petersburg as a senator. His son Alexander was also a tsarist general.

The latter’s son, Prince Alexander Alexandrovich Sibirsky (1820-79). He was prepared by his parents for military service and saw action in the Crimean War. At that time, he became interested in the Greek colonies in Crimea and South Russia and produced a remarkable monograph on the medals and coins of the Bosporan Kingdom.

After the revolution

Prince Alexander Alexandrovich Sibirsky (junior) (1866—1943), son of Prince Alexander Alexandrovich Sibirsky. Migrated to Iran after the revolution. Buried in Shiraz.

Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Sibirsky (1900—1980), son of Prince Alexander Alexandrovich Sibirsky. Participated in the Civil War for the White movement. Migrated to Iran with his father. Came back to Russia and participated in the World War II for the USSR. After the victory he was repressed.

Prince Vladimir Vasilyevich Sibirsky (1942-2014), son of Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Sibirsky. Air Force Officer Aviation Technician.

Crown Prince Igor Vladimirovich Sibirsky (year of birth 1966), son of Prince Vladimir Vasilyevich Sibirsky. Graduated in 1994 from Voronezh State Technical University. Leading Russian nuclear engineer. On the 1st day of May 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Igor Sibirsky, Head of the Genghis Khan House (the Royal House of Siberia) presented the Order of the Jerusalem Cross with the status of a Knightly and Sovereign Order and acknowledged the Supreme Ruler as the Sovereign of the Order. On July 2, 2017, the The Royal House of Siberia and the Sovereign Knightly Order of the Jerusalem Cross signed the Treaty on the establishment of allied relations.

Royal House of Siberia