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Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family

Updated on August 2, 2007

Pictures of the Romanovs

Romanov family
Romanov family
Tsar Nicholas II
Tsar Nicholas II

I've always been fascinated by the story of the Romanovs, which began with a family living in opulence, and ended with brutal murders. Nicholas Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II, was the supreme ruler of the Russian Empire from the late 19th century until 1917 when he was forced to abdicate his throne. Even though I don't approve of emperors, the Romanov story is fascinating for many reasons:

  • The wealth was staggering. Documentary films about the Romanovs say the family was worth $30 billion and controlled 10% of the world's landmass. Their wealth was much larger than their European counterparts.
  • By all accounts, Nicholas II was not trained to rule and he showed little interest in being a good leader. The second half of his rein was embroiled in civil war (the communists revolution). The Tsar underestimated the strength of his opposition, and refused to institute reforms which may have saved his family, if not his rule.
  • Finally, in 1917, he was forced to abdicate his rule. A single piece of paper was used to write out the abdication. A year later, he, his wife Alexandra, his son and heir Aleksei, along with their four daughters, were shot and stabbed in the basement of the house in which they were being held in central Russia.
  • Among the mysteries surrounding the family and their demise is that Anastasia may have survived. In the 1990s DNA was retrieved from the bodies thought to be the Romanovs, and tested against surviving family members (extended family). It has been scientifically confirmed that Anastasia perished in the Bolshevik murder.
  • The communist regime denied the murders for six years, fueling the rumors that some of the family members survived and were smuggled out of the country.

I have scoured the web collecting images of the Romanov family, and if they are any indication, it was a happy family (despite Aleksei's anemia). I placed the images into a slide show / film. View it here.


Romanov memorial

Yale University Romanov images

Alexander Palace (includes downloadable video documentaries of the Romanovs)

Video of the royal family:

Tsar Nicholas II coronation

Tsar visiting Crimean troops

Tsar declares war on Germany, 1914

Tsar's private study

Slide show of Romanovs, with lots of photos I've never seen before

Ipatiev House (scene of Romanov murders)

The four Romanov daughters disembarking


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      sona 5 years ago

      It's a fantastic and at the same time horrible story about which I can't stop thinking. As to me, I think that all the members of the Romanov's family have died and neither Maria, nor Alexei have escaped. But I belive that finally one day their remains will be found and they will rest in peace with the other members of this wonderful family.

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      lytha 5 years ago

      Romanov and rotschild bloodline!

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      mannydong 5 years ago

      we found Anastacia. She livedin the Philippines:

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      nobody 5 years ago

      why are you people so sad about this?? it happined around 100 years ago!

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      jetlag 5 years ago

      we'll,for some one,not even one of them survive the tragedy..

      I agree that not even Alexi nor Anastasia survived that tragedy.....If only they were still alive..,,the continuity of the Romanovs bloodline would totally scatter...we'll researchers did found Anastasia's and Alexi's body 60m away from their family right? And was proven by using the DNA......

      if they had only spared Nicholas's daughters and son,they would totally still be the ruler...

      so good that I heard there story,,but someho it's also sad... because some of the people 'round the globe,is acting like they're Anastasia...

      soory fo hurting other's feelings..even mine too,,,

      but..ALL the ROMANOVS FAMILY is dead........



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      julie grass 5 years ago

      The death of the young girls are the boy is the most tragical. It was a sorrow for Russian people who love and appriciate 'old' Russia - the empire. The Bolsheviks were cruel. It was nastily to kill so beautiful people... Nicolas II was a barrier for the revolutionists but not his children and wife. They could be tsars and queens after Nicolas II but at that moment they were innocent. Totally.

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      bella 5 years ago

      it was a tragedy but I want a Faberge egg. They are beautiful.

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      Momo 5 years ago

      It was confirmed in 2008 that Anastasia was murdered at that time as well. No one in the family survived.

      The son was a hemophiliac not anemic

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      megan 5 years ago

      no one has the right to murder a child, the death of the tsars children will always remain a tragedy

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      TruthBeTold 5 years ago

      Rasputin was a guru of his time that managed to keep a hemophiliac alive when no others could offer any hope for their son. He managed what was considered miracles at that time through use of medicines and herbology. He was also celibate. He was villainized by the Bolshevicks who craved his presumed influence over the royal family and so therefore they sought to destroy him. It was easy for them to convince the ignorant peasants that Rasputin was really an "evil sorcerer" working "spells" over the family to control them (which is entirely hogwash) to attempt to justify their dislike of him in a fear-mongering campaign to convince the people to support his being murdered. They realized even back then that the best way to kill a man was to first kill his reputation, even if it was with bald-faced lies - Lies, which may I add,still obviously pervade the modern mythology surrounding the time of the Last Czar even today.

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      Ehh, Rasputin 6 years ago

      It was Rasputin ruling the Russia in their days. The Nicholas II was a weak man who let his neurotic wife to make decisions exactly the way as mad horny Rasputin told her. Poor Russia! Last Romanovs were real curse to their homeland. Which of course doesn't justify the brutal way they were murdered...

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      Emily 6 years ago

      The story of Alexi and Anastacha having survived the death it mearly another rumore non of this is true because they have proven maney time that no one could have servived. when they were in the room where they got shot there was no window no nothin so how could any one live through such a thing they were at least 10 maybe more shots no one could have lived its impossible

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      jamiesweeney 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      How sad to know the tragedy happened to the entire family of Romanov. Great to know their story.

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      GodBless Nicholas and the family, I am very glad to see there is so much love and curiosity for them.

      My bloodline goes back to our family living and being raised with Nicholas and his family in the mansion, we we're not servants. Mr Black if at all you read this I would like you to contact me.

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      Princess AprilAnn 7 years ago

      I have been collecting books of the Romanovs

      It's fun to learn about historical Figures.

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      Kathleen 7 years ago

      is it possible that the romanov line could have been continued if one of the girls (most likely marie, being the most boy crazy) could have had a child out of wedlock?

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      hgf 7 years ago

      romanovs has got a noble girl baby.they sent the baby to rasputins relatives in the wine basket (under the botles) They were take her bulgaria and they were give her a turkish family(bektashi religions((she did not make,join rutiels all her lifelong).the turkish family grove day she maried and her husband and their 6 suns,2 douthers went in turkey 1953 and she died in turkey. she said again and again "I am gallers princess"all her lifelong may be feodravna may be one of the OTMA members was mother of the baby who can belive but god knows

      I bless you

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      siobhan 7 years ago

      why murder them and their dog murdering sumbags

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      pbadlose 7 years ago

      Narrow minded german was hitler you're relative?

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      Heinrich 7 years ago

      That's why the German war machine should have annihilated the communist schwein. Germay did not kill enough Russian peasant stock. Untermensch !

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      Lily Ruth 7 years ago

      Hello! I once heard that the woman claiming to be Anastasia, then living in Charlottesville, Va. had some surgery at the local hospital while living there. It was stated that a tissue sample had been taken and preserved, only to be misplaced for a number of years and later recovered. Has anyone else any knowledge of this? I can't recall if I'd read this in one of the books about her or if I'd heard it in one of the TV documentaries.

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      Mr.Black 7 years ago

      1st I want to say I'm not her to offend anyone with what I'm about to say, So if you take offence I'm sorry, this informaion my come as a surprise to some of you and some of you may think it sounds...... crazy, but research egs to differ.

      If families are powerful but not in the Illuminati’s clique, they can be destroyed such as Howard Hugh was. An example of this is how the Rothschild's progressively destroyed the Romanovs (the Russian Imperial Family). But the Romanov's were also an occult bloodline, and so the Illuminati secretly took children of the Imperial family to serve as breeders for the Illuminati so that the Illuminati could channel in the Romanov’s occult blood into their bloodlines.

      To be honest, I agree it's sad, but this is as deep as I could get on te topic at this time.

      If you want to trace the source of information and find out about other bloodlines then copy and paste the above into google.

      I hope you all find the answers your looking for.


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      mnbvjh 7 years ago

      olga (or sameone in her famyl) has got a noble girl baby.she sent her rasputins relatives in the wine basket (under the botles) They were take her bulgaria and they were give her a turkish family(bektashi religions((she did not make,join rutiels all her lifelong).the turkish family grove day she maried and her husband and their 6 sun,2 douther migration turkey and she died in turkey. she reaplayed again and again “I am gallers princess”all her lifelong

      I bless you

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      gudfinn 7 years ago

      i must aggre i think that no one survived but whith all the fibers of my hearth i wich that they would have suvived. there is one think to make a revalucion and take controle over a country but under no dam surkemstanses do you kill a Royal Family it is un humain that include any royal Family. forgive my for my misspelles Russian Monarcy Lover out and long live the Romanov Family(distent relatives ho survived.)

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      konstantina 7 years ago

      the missing bodies of the children, alexis and anastasias were found onlby60 meters away from the grave the others where found

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      Courtney 7 years ago

      The cats out of the bag, Alexi and Anastasias remains have been found, it is believed the entire family was killed in the early hours of July 17, 1918.

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      MLE 7 years ago


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      Tess 7 years ago

      I really love the story of the Romanovs-such a fascinating one! I really wish Anastasia had made it out, but I clearly agree with the scientific evidence of DNA testing.

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      Bozidar Ralevic 8 years ago

      Slava porodici Romanov!

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      taylor 8 years ago

      The bodies of the family were found, but not all of the family was there. there was nicholas, Alexandra, Tatiana, Maria, and Olga, with some of the housekeepers and such. that's why everyone thought that anastasia had escaped. but they found her body, and Alexei's body away from the group some years later. they proved it was them with DNA testing. so, i'm sorry, but they didn't escape :'(

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      maria 8 years ago

      i think that it was a huge cover up and that anastasia and tatiana romanov lived passed the ordeal.

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      Belle 8 years ago

      The Team of Bolsheviks who killed the Romanov Family in 1917 was called the Cheka, the secret police.

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      liannayu 8 years ago

      but the big question is:"is anastacia romanov really missing???

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      lloyd 8 years ago

      it was realy a tragedy..

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      Jimmy 8 years ago

      urals are in European russia siberia is in the far east. so it was massively far away from the urals

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      Kim 9 years ago

      And the family wasn't imprisioned in central Russia when they were assasinated. The house was located in the Urals not far from Siberia.

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      amanda 10 years ago

      Alexei was not anemic he was a hemophiliac