Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Russia: Remains of last Tsar's children found
According to the Russians (ITAR-TASS), the remains of Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duke and Tsarevich Alexi have been found in an unmarked pit in Yekaterinburg. The announcement comes on the 90th anniversary of the assassination of deposed Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family by Bolsheviks.
I've always been fascinated by Imperial Russia and the revolution, especially by the story of the Romanov family. Yanked from the pinnacle of luxury and power, dragged all over the western half of the country, and finally massacred in the basement of a merchant's home in Yekaterinburg, theirs is tragedy of epic proportions, worthy of scholarly books and melodramatic movies.
This announcement is likely the last chapter in the dreadful story.