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Death of a Tsar: Romanov Execution - EXECUTION IN SIBERIA

This Soviet-era postcard depicts “The House of Special Purpose,” more commonly known as the “Ipatiev House,” as it appeared circa 1928. The Romanov family, and four of their helpers, were executed in the home’s cellar (depicted with the smaller of the two arched windows at the lower-left of this image ) on the 17th of July, 1918. The scanned image is online via Wikimedia Commons. Click on it for a full-page view.

 

By the time the Imperial Family moved into the Ipatiev House in 1918, Russia was in full-scale revolution. Vladimir Illych Ulanov, the Bolshevik leader who had changed his last name to Lenin, was in charge of his political party.

Lenin and his comrades were referred to as the "Red Army." Military supporters of the Tsar were called the "White Army."

By July of 1918, the White Army was approaching Ekaterinburg (about 1800 kilometers / 1118 miles east of Moscow).  No doubt the Reds had great concern about the Whites' potential for victory. If they could break through, would they reinstate the Tsar? The Reds were not going to take that risk.

Later, it would be easy for people to believe the final act of terror against the Romanov family was ordered by Lenin himself. ("Lenin's" constitution was ratified on July 10th. Was it just a coincidence that the Tsar, and his family, were dead seven days thereafter?)

During the late hours of July 16, 1918, Yakov Yurovsky awakened Eugene Botkin, the doctor who had stayed with the royal family. Yurovsky told Botkin:

The Romanov family must be moved from upstairs to downstairs as all is not calm in town.

Unknown to Dr. Botkin, Yurovsky had been appointed chief executioner of the Romanov family.

It took about thirty minutes for the family to dress. They were taken from their bedrooms in the Ipatiev House to a room in the cellar. According to Yurovsky's own account:

A downstairs room was selected that had walls of plastered wood (to prevent ricocheting); all the furniture was removed. The detachment [the execution squad] was at ready in the next room. The Romanovs suspected nothing.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Jul 01, 2019


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