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The Tsar and His Family Are Killed

By July 16, 2003

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Eighty-five years ago, on the night of July 16-17, 1918, the Russian tsar and his family were told to get down to the cellar in order to have their picture taken. They had been held under house arrest since March 1917 and they were told the photo was to prove that they were still alive. Once in the cellar, the family was surprised by the entrance of a Bolshevik firing squad. Tsar Nicholas II, Alexandra, and their five children were all shot. After the murder, the bodies were buried in a location that was kept secret for decades, leaving rumors that one daughter (Anastasia) had survived the execution. In 1991, bodies were found and after seven years of scientific testing, it was concluded that they were the Romanovs. However, the bodies of two of the children remain missing. In 2003, a church was consecrated on the location of the shooting.


February 13, 2007 at 2:51 pm
(1) liv says:

cool… helped me with my essay

February 1, 2008 at 4:25 am
(2) Rhian says:

Could it be true that Anastasia and Alexi survied the shotting, and fled to another part of Europe, and started a new life? But i still would like to know the reasons why they were shot.

April 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm
(3) Hollie says:

Thanks .. This help me a lot with my 120 – 150 words about this lol :)

November 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm
(4) Courtney says:

I hated it!!

April 13, 2010 at 12:25 am
(5) carita says:

i think that it was so wrong that the whole family was shot i mean the king and his wife made everything the way it was why not just kill them? (that might sound bad but its ture.)

June 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(6) Drew Waters says:

^^ = the family was killed just in case the children came back in revenge & thanks for this answer!

November 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm
(7) tatza says:

there was a crazy woman who swore she was anastasia but to prove she wasn’t they dug up the body. LOL x

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(8) Ben Collerton says:

They were killed as the reds, bolsheviks consisting of Lenin and Trotsky, were fearful that the Tsar could return to unite the whites, who were against the reds, to beat the reds and kick them out of power over Russia.

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