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Romanov Family Essay

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The Romanov dynasty began in 1613 when Mikhail Fedorovich and ended 300 years later with Nikolai II. Nikolai II came to the throne in 1894.But at the time of his rule, class distinction couldn?t have been bigger.Nikolai's wife was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England known as Alexandra. Together they had five children: Olga (23), at the time of her death, Tatiana (21), Marie (19), Anastasia (17), and Alexei (14).Alexandra had been under the influence for a long time of Grigory Novykh, better known as Rasputin or the mad-monk. Rasputin gained his hold over Alexandra because he could heal the Alexei, who suffered from what they believed was a form of hemophilia. Alexandra began to ...view middle of the document...

The Russian parliament formed a temporary government in order to maintain order. But revolts were getting to far out of control that the army?s chief implored Nikolai to abdicate. So, Nikolai resigned in March 1917, in favor of his brother, the Great Duke Michel who in his turn abdicates in favor of the temporary government.The temporary government initially held the family under house arrest. Their intention was to send them into English exile, but the government couldn?t stand up to the Bolsheviks? power.It wasn't long before the Romanov family was forced into exile in Tobolsk, then to Ekaterinburg. In Tobolsk, there life was very quiet and monotonous. But, a new red commissioner was sent to move the Romanovs again. The train that was supposed to carry the Romanovs to Moscow was stopped by Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg.In Ekaterinburg, the Bolsheviks made a detention place for the Romanovs. Nikolai Ipatiev was removed from his home and the Romanovs were sent there. The Ipatiev house was kept guarded by a squadron of Bolsheviks soldiers.The white army was quickly approaching Ekaterninburg and Lenin and the reds feared that they might reinstate their new tsar if they arrived there.So, in July, Yakov Yurovsky was hired as the new commissioner and he brought with him ten other men, who became the future execution squadron.On July 16th 1918, shortly after midnight, Yurovsky woke up the Romanovs and asked them to go down in the house basement to take shelter. He said that the white army was encircling the city and that battle is imminent.So, the entire family, their Doctor, maid, chef, and footman got ready. The prisoners then went to the basement to a cellar room where he asked them to wait so he could prepare their departure towards a safer place.Yurovsky had told the family that the Communists in Moscow needed a photo. Suddenly, Yurovsky entered the room with 10 militiamen. He read the death sentence: "Nikolaï Alexandrovitch, your friends have tried to save you but they did not succeed and we are obliged to put you to death" and that in light of the fact that your relatives in Europe are continuing their aggression against Soviet Russia, the Ural Executive Committee had decreed that you are to be shot. Nikolai was confused and said, ?What? What?? Nikolai didn?t say anything else, and the girls made a few incoherent noises. Within a few seconds, they started shooting for 3 minutes. The commissioner shot Nikolai and Alexandra immediately and later Alexei. Just before he died they said Nikolai tried to shield Alexei, and Olga tried to make a cross with her fingers....

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