September 27, 1991 |
A small makeshift cross in a birch forest near this Urals village points to the end of one of Europe's great mysteries. Here, in a small marshy clearing, lies a mass grave with nine bodies, believed to be those of Russia's last czar, Nicholas II; his wife, Alexandra; three of his four daughters and four servants--massacred by a Bolshevik execution squad in the heat of the Communist revolution 73 years ago.
August 31, 1991 |
The pretender to the Russian throne celebrated his 74th birthday Friday with a wish to return to his ancestral land, whether as the possible first czar since the 1917 revolution or simply as an adviser. "Czardom in some form could be a good solution. I have got information that it could be possible. It could act as a balancing factor," said Grand Duke Vladimir Kirilovich Romanov during a birthday reception at Haiko Manor, near the town of Porvoo, where he was born.
June 23, 1992 |
Scientists have determined that two skeletons unearthed in a Siberian city are those of murdered Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, solving a 74-year-old mystery, a researcher said Monday. The remains of the czar and czarina were among nine skeletons dug up last summer from a pit in Yekaterinburg, said researcher Alexander Blokhin. A third skeleton was identified as that of the Romanov family doctor, Sergei Botkin, he said.
July 18, 1992 |
Russians lit candles and chanted prayers for Czar Nicholas II and his murdered family Friday as the anniversary of their assassination was marked for the first time with official approval. In the former imperial capital, St. Petersburg, 600 members of Orden, the Russian Imperial Union that seeks to restore the monarchy, held a memorial service on the steps of Kazan Cathedral. Some carried black, gold and white czarist flags, while others held portraits of the czar and his German-born wife.