THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LETTER FROM GOVERNOR’S MANSION IN TOBOLSK (WITH FLOOR PLAN)

THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LETTER FROM GOVERNOR’S MANSION IN TOBOLSK (WITH FLOOR PLAN) This letter below was sent by Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Dolgorukov (“Valya”) to his mother after he arrived in Tobolsk with the Romanov family and suite. Originally written in French and translated by Nick Nicholson.     Tobolsk  (14…

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KOLYA DEREVENKO’S STORY

KOLYA DEREVENKO’S  STORY   I was a little boy, just twelve years old. I did not know of the evil in people’s souls. We were living at the Popov house near the Ipatiev house. In the middle of the summer of 1918, I was afraid and worried for Alexei. I…

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THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LAST PRAYER SERVICE AT THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE.

THE ROMANOV FAMILY: LAST PRAYER SERVICE AT THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE Testimony of Father [Protoirei] Ioann Storozhev (as given to investigator Nikolai Sokolov)   Around 8 o’clock in the morning on 14 July, a soldier came to see me, and requested I serve obednitza at the Ipatiev house. At…

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GRAND DUKE MICHAEL ALEXANDROVICH: SEARCH FOR REMAINS UPDATE

 GRAND DUKE MICHAEL ALEXANDROVICH: SEARCH FOR REMAINS UPDATE   Presidential archives have been opened to the international group of researchers from SEARCH Foundation, Inc., who are looking for the remains of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and his friend and secretary Nikolai Johnson. Both were murdered by a group of Bolsheviks…

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EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS

EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS   Yakov Yurovsky: “Alexandra Feodorovna loudly expressed her displeasure when I wanted to remove from her wrist a gold bracelet that was tightly fastened there and which was impossible to remove without the help of some tool. She announced that she has been…

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ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: NICHOLAS II – 2 MAY, 1918

ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: NICHOLAS II – 2 MAY, 1918     From the 1918 diary of Nicholas II: 2 May. Wednesday.  The application of the “prisoner” schedule continued and expressed itself in that an old housepainter had painted over all our windows in all the rooms with…

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