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    The Romanov Family, after the Revolution, were held captive in the Governor's mansion. Hoping the people of Russia would free them, they were instead murdered by the Bolsheviks.
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Monday, November 8

  1. page Romanov Family Murder edited ... governor's mansion under constant supervision and restrictions. They were not allowed luxuri…
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    governor's mansion under constant supervision and restrictions. They were not allowed luxurious possessions, were forced to turn over most of their jewelry, and were living off of small rations of food. They had hope that their country was working on a way to free them from their horrors, but much to their dismay, it didn't happen soon enough...
    Around midnight Yakov Yurovsky, the superintendent of The House of Special Purpose, ordered the Romanovs' physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes. The Romanovs were then ordered into a 6x5 meter semi-basement room. Nicholas asked if he could bring two chairs for himself and his wife. A firing squad appeared next and Yurovsky announced:
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    When the vehicle carrying the bodies broke down on the way to the next chosen site, Yurovsky made new arrangements, and buried most of the bodies in a sealed and concealed pit on Koptyaki Road, a cart track (now abandoned) 12 miles (19 km) north of Yekaterinburg. The remains of all the family and their retainers with the exception of two of the children (who were eventually identified in 2008) were later found in 1991 and reburied by the Russian government following a state funeral.
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  2. page Romanov Family Murder edited Around Following the February revolution and the crumbling of the Russian tsar, the Romanov famil…
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    When the vehicle carrying the bodies broke down on the way to the next chosen site, Yurovsky made new arrangements, and buried most of the bodies in a sealed and concealed pit on Koptyaki Road, a cart track (now abandoned) 12 miles (19 km) north of Yekaterinburg. The remains of all the family and their retainers with the exception of two of the children (who were eventually identified in 2008) were later found in 1991 and reburied by the Russian government following a state funeral.
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  3. page Romanov Family Murder edited he telegram giving the order to liquidate the prisoners on behalf of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow …
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    When the vehicle carrying the bodies broke down on the way to the next chosen site, Yurovsky made new arrangements, and buried most of the bodies in a sealed and concealed pit on Koptyaki Road, a cart track (now abandoned) 12 miles (19 km) north of Yekaterinburg. The remains of all the family and their retainers with the exception of two of the children (who were eventually identified in 2008) were later found in 1991 and reburied by the Russian government following a state funeral.
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  4. page The Romanov Children edited ... Performed household plays for her family while they were held captive. Many believed she too …
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    Performed household plays for her family while they were held captive.
    Many believed she too escaped execution and was still living.
    Sadly, the 1997 Disney Film was not very historically accurate in depicting Anastasia Romanov and the family's story. But, nonetheless, it did bring the intrigue of the possibly living heir to a new generation.
    Alexei:
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  5. page Romanov Family Murder edited he telegram giving the order to liquidate the prisoners on behalf of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow …
    he telegram giving the order to liquidate the prisoners on behalf of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow was signed by Yakov Sverdlov. Around midnight Yakov Yurovsky, the superintendent of The House of Special Purpose, ordered the Romanovs' physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family#cite_note-VK-0|]]] The Romanovs were then ordered into a 6x5 meter semi-basement room.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family#cite_note-VK-0|]]] Nicholas asked if he could bring two chairs for himself and his wife. A firing squad appeared next and Yurovsky announced:

    Nikolai Aleksandrovich, your relatives have tried to save you, but they had not to. And we are forced to shoot you by ourselves...[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family#cite_note-VK-0|]]]

    Yurovsky then began to read the decision of the Ural Executive Committee (Uralispolkom), and Nicholas said "What?"[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family#cite_note-VK-0|]]] As weapons were raised, the Empress and the Grand Duchess Olga, according to a guard's reminiscence, had tried to cross themselves, but failed amid the shooting. Yurovsky reportedly raised his gun at Nicholas and fired; Nicholas fell dead instantly. The other executioners then began shooting until all the intended victims had fallen. Several more shots were fired and the doors opened to scatter the smoke. There were some survivors, so P.Z. Yermakov stabbed them with bayonets because the shouts could be heard outside.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family#cite_note-VK-0|]]] The last to die were Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria, who were carrying several pounds (over 1.3 kilograms) of diamonds within their clothing, thus protecting them to an extent. However they were speared with bayonets as well. Olga sustained a gun shot wound to the head. Anastasia and Maria were said to have crouched up against a wall covering their heads in terror until Maria was shot down, and Anastasia was finished off with the bayonets. Yurovsky himself killed Tatiana and Alexei. Tatiana died from a single bullet through the back of her head. Alexei received two bullets to the head, right behind the ear. Anna Demidova, Alexandra's maid, survived the initial onslaught but was quickly stabbed to death against the back wall while trying to defend herself with a small pillow she had carried that was filled with precious gems and jewels. Military commissar Peter Ermakov, in a drunken haze, stabbed at the dead bodies of the former Czar and Czarina, shattering both their rib cages in a pool of blood.
    When the vehicle carrying the bodies broke down on the way to the next chosen site, Yurovsky made new arrangements, and buried most of the bodies in a sealed and concealed pit on Koptyaki Road, a cart track (now abandoned) 12 miles (19 km) north of Yekaterinburg. The remains of all the family and their retainers with the exception of two of the children (who were eventually identified in 2008) were later found in 1991 and reburied by the Russian government following a state funeral.
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    Preliminary results from a U.S. military laboratory show that remains exhumed outside the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in 2007 belong to two children of Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, a spokeswoman for Yekaterinburg regional governor Eduard Rossel said Wednesday.
    The results suggest the remains belong to Nicholas' children, Alexei -- who was the heir to the throne -- and Maria, who have been missing since the royal Romanov family was executed in 1918 by Bolsheviks in the basement of a Yekaterinburg home. Several of their staff and servants also were killed.
    Nicholas' reign had ended when he abdicated the throne in 1917 at the time of the Russian Revolution.
    Natalia Ponomaryova, the regional governor spokeswoman, told CNN that Rossel made the announcement about the identification of the remains of Alexei and Maria at a news conference, where he said, "Now we have found the entire family."
    She said the governor learned the information about two weeks ago from an investigator for the General Prosecutor's Office, Vladimir Solovyov. Solovyov, who probed the case for months, shuttled between Moscow to Yekaterinburg to collect information. Yekaterinburg is about 900 miles east of Moscow.
    The preliminary results are from the fourth and last set of DNA tests of the czar's family remains. The final results are to be released in late May, the governor's office said.
    An archaeologist said last year that clues left by one of the family's assassins led investigators to the makeshift grave where the remains of Alexei, 13, and his sister, about 19, were found.
    The remains of the rest of the family were discovered in 1991, during the last days of the Soviet Union. In 1998, those remains -- of Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, and three daughters -- were interred in a cathedral in St. Petersburg that contains the crypts of other Russian royalty.
    The drama surrounding the Romanovs has been the subject of many books, movies and documentaries. Several women have claimed they were Anastasia, Nicholas' youngest daughter, contending they escaped the execution, but none was proved to be the grand duchess.
    The body of one imposter, Anna Anderson, was cremated when she died in 1984. DNA tests showed she was no relation to the Romanov family

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  6. page The Romanov Children edited ... Maria: {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/25/GrandDuchessMaria1914formal2…
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    Maria:
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    Also a red cross nurse during WWI
    The flirtatious Maria had a number of innocent crushes on the young men she met, beginning in early childhood. She hoped to marry and have a large family.
    She was the daughter who hardly got into trouble, and was slightly envied by her siblings.
    Maria and her younger sister Anastasia were known within the family as "The Little Pair." The two girls shared a room, often wore variations of the same dress, and spent much of their time together.
    Maria had simple tastes and was so kind-hearted that she was sometimes taken advantage of by her sisters, who nicknamed her "fat little bow-wow."
    She could be stubborn and occasionally lazy.
    Also likely to have been a carrier of the hemophilia gene like her mother.
    It was rumored for 90 years that she escaped from the murder plot of her family.
    Anastasia:
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    When Anastasia was born, her parents and extended family were disappointed to have a fourth daughter, because they wanted a son who would be heir to the throne.
    While often described as gifted and bright, she was never interested in the restrictions of the school room. She was described as lively, mischievous and an entertaining child.
    She got in trouble the most out of the children; she was also commonly pulling pranks on household staff and tutors.
    Too young to become a nurse during WWI, but she entertained the wounded soldiers by playing games and bringing reading materials.
    Performed household plays for her family while they were held captive.
    Many believed she too escaped execution and was still living.

    Alexei:
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    He was a simple, affectionate, and silly child, but was spoiled by almost everyone around him.
    Though intelligent and affectionate, his education was frequently interrupted by bouts of haemophilia and he was spoiled because his parents couldn't bear to discipline him. His parents appointed two sailors from the Imperial Navy, Nagorny and Derevenko, to serve as nannies and to follow him about so he would not hurt himself. He was prohibited from riding a bicycle or playing too roughly. Because his blood didn't clot properly, any bump or bruise could cause a bleeding episode. Despite the restrictions on his activity, Alexei was by nature active and mischievous.
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  7. page The Romanov Children edited {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/The_Romanovs%2C_1913.jpg} The Russian imperia…
    {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/The_Romanovs%2C_1913.jpg} The Russian imperial family, 1913. Left to right: Grand Duchess Maria, Tsarina Alexandra, Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, Tsar Nicholas II, and Grand Duchess Anastasia. Tsarevich Alexei sits in front of his parents.The Romanov Children
    Nicholas and Alexandra had five children:
    Olga (b. 1895)
    Tatiana (b. 1897)
    Maria (b. 1899)
    Anastasia (b. 1901)
    Alexei (b. 1904)
    All children were executed on the same day, July 17th, 1918.
    Olga:
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    During World War I, Olga nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital until her own nerves gave out and, thereafter, oversaw administrative duties at the hospital.
    Olga was most often paired with her sister Tatiana. The two girls shared a room, dressed alike, and were known as "The Big Pair."
    From her earliest years she was known for her compassionate heart and desire to help others, but also for her temper, blunt honesty and moodiness.
    She had good reasoning powers as well as initiative, a very independent manner, and a gift for swift and entertaining repartee. She enjoyed reading about politics and read newspapers. Olga also reportedly enjoyed choosing from her mother's book selection.
    She, like her siblings, enjoyed games of tennis and swimming with her father during their summer holidays and often confided in him when she went with him on long walk
    As an adolescent, Olga received frequent reminders from her mother to be an example for the other children and to be patient with her younger sisters.
    Inspired by her religious upbringing, Olga took control of a portion of her sizable fortune when she was twenty and began to respond independently to requests for charity.
    Tatiana:
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    She was better known than her three sisters during her lifetime and headed Red Cross committees during World War I.
    She was considered the most beautiful of the four grand duchesses by many courtiers.
    Tatiana was practical and had a natural talent for leadership.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Duchess_Tatiana_Nikolaevna_of_Russia#cite_note-Massie133-0|]]] Her sisters gave her the nickname "The Governess" and sent her as their group representative when they wanted their parents to grant a favor.
    Tatiana, like her mother, was deeply religious and read her Bible frequently.
    During the month of separation from their parents and sister, Tatiana, Olga, Anastasia, and ladies in waiting busied themselves sewing precious stones and jewelry into their clothing, hoping to hide them from their captors
    Maria:
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    Alexei:
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    He had inherited hemophilia from his mother Alexandra, a condition that could be traced back to her maternal grandmother Queen Victoria. His hemophilia led to controversy, as it led to gossip that his mother was having an affair with the Russian starets, Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin claimed to be able to "heal" Alexei when he was on the brink of death after spells of hemophilia-related complications. There are various explanations for Rasputin's ability, such as that Rasputin hypnotized Alexei, administered herbs to him, or that his advice to the Tsarina not to let the doctors bother Alexei too much aided the boy's healing. Others believe he truly possessed a supernatural healing ability or that his prayers to God saved the boy . Alexei was well aware that he might not live to adulthood.
    He was a simple, affectionate, and silly child, but was spoiled by almost everyone around him.
    Though intelligent and affectionate, his education was frequently interrupted by bouts of haemophilia and he was spoiled because his parents couldn't bear to discipline him. His parents appointed two sailors from the Imperial Navy, Nagorny and Derevenko, to serve as nannies and to follow him about so he would not hurt himself. He was prohibited from riding a bicycle or playing too roughly. Because his blood didn't clot properly, any bump or bruise could cause a bleeding episode. Despite the restrictions on his activity, Alexei was by nature active and mischievous.
    One of the 1st boy scouts in Russia
    After the family was imprisoned, he injured himself during a sledding accident and was confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.

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