Sunday, November 25, 2007

Amateurs Unravel Russia’s Last Royal Mystery

Amateurs Unravel Russia’s Last Royal Mystery
By Clifford J. Levy

On the outskirts of this burly industrial center, off a road like any other, on a nowhere scrap of land — here unfolded the final act of one of the last century’s most momentous events.

A short way through a clearing, toward a cluster of birch trees, the killers deposited their victims’ bodies, which had been mutilated, burned and doused with acid to mask their origins. It would be 73 more years, in 1991, before the remains would be reclaimed and the announcement would ring out: the grave of the last Russian czar, Nicholas II, and his family had been found.

But the story does not end there.

Eleven people were said to have been killed that day in July 1918 on Lenin’s orders. Just nine sets of remains were dug up here and then authenticated using DNA. The remains of the czar’s son, Aleksei, and one daughter, whose identity is still not absolutely clear, were missing. Did their bones lie elsewhere, or could it actually be that they had escaped execution, as rumor had it for so long?



Blogger CHOMP said...

Thank you, Donal, for this fascinating article about the Romanoffs. I read the entire story. There have been so many stories about Russia's Royal Family and about Anastasia.


11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its interesting to note that in August 1991, when the Old Guard in the Politboro were holding Gorbachev and his family hostage during their aboritive attempt to hang on to power, Raisa Gorbachev had a mild stroke almost immeditaly, she was so scared she was going to be shot and thrown down a well,because, as she later admitted in an interview, "I know our history''. She never really recovered from that and died soon after. Also, it intersting to note that the Yetkarinenburg("Catherines City'') local Communist party chief, Boris Yeltsin, was the man in charge of destroying the Ipatov House where the Czar and his family were murdered. J'Mac.

12:27 PM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

It is good to finally have located the graves of the Czar's executed family.

The Russians have a brutal history as the Communists took power. It is horrendous that they murdered the entire family. Just brutal.

Even today, the hoards of criminals preying on Russian society is terrible. Godlessness leads to dead, cold hearts.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Godlessness leads to dead cold hearts", amen to that FW! Communists are animals that feed on others.


12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny I didn't know that Raisa Gorbachev died.


12:49 AM  

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