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Monday, April 4, 2011

04 Apr 2011: A Look into the Romanovs' Execution

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Hey y'all~ :D

today I'll be doing something a lil different~ to show you a different interest of mine, which is to investigate (or rather...get to know~ |D) the histories of other countries that have always been clouded by mysteries for centuries. And for this case, I'm most interested in the history of how the Romanovs came to an end over 90 years ago~ :)

and I mean ALL of them.


A documentary called "Riddles of the Romanov" aired on National Geography last night, and as the usual curious person on the history of Romanovs, I stayed up (well...it airs on 11pm-12am~ XD) to watch it~ :D

And through that documentary, I found out that all this while, no one from the Romanov family or even those who have accompanied the royal family have survived the execution. The execution was lead by a Bolshevik officer Yakov Yurovsky. A firing squad had been assembled and was waiting in an adjoining room, composed of seven Communist soldiers from Central Europe, and three local Bolsheviks, all under the command of Yakov.
The execution was carried out in the wine cellar of the Ipatiev House, also known as the "house of special purpose" in the town of Yekaterinburg, early in the morning of 18 July 1918.
The first to die was none other than Tsar Nicholas II himself, shot right in the skull by Yakov himself.
The Tsar, the empress and two menservants were killed in the first episode of gunfire; Marie, Dr Botkin and the empress' maid Demidova were wounded. Thick smoke had filled the room from so many weapons being fired at close quarters, as well as from plaster dust released from the walls by bullets. To allow the haze to clear, the gunmen left the room for some minutes, leaving all the victims behind. When the gunman returned, Dr Botkin was shot and the Tsarevich Alexei was slaughtered, one gunman repeatedly trying to shoot or stab the boy in the torso. The jewels sewn in his clothes protected him, and finally another gunman fired two shots into his head. Tatiana and Olga were then killed by single bullets to the head.
The last victims, Maria, Anastasia and the maid Demidova, were on the floor beneath the room's one window. As the gunman approached, Maria stood and struggled with Ermakov as he tried to stab her. The jewels in her clothing shielded her, and Ermakov claimed that he killed her with a shot to the head. Ermakov then struggled with Anastasia, failed to stab her, and said he killed her, too, with a shot to the head. Maria's skull shows no trace of bullet wounds and it is unclear how she died. Ermakov was quite drunk during the murders and possibly his shot only creased Maria's scalp, knocking her unconscious and producing considerable blood flow, but not killing her. Then, as the bodies were taken out of the cellar room, two of the grand duchesses showed signs of life. One sat up and screamed, throwing her arm over her head, while the other, bleeding from the mouth, moaned and moved slightly. Since the head wounds inflicted on Olga and Tatiana were instantly fatal, it is likely that Maria, perhaps only unconscious, was the sister who screamed, while Anastasia may still have been able to move and moan. Although Ermakov's archived statement does not say so, he told his wife that Anastasia was finished off with bayonets while Yurovsky wrote that as the bodies were carried out, one or more of the girls cried out and were clubbed on the back of the head. But again, the back of Maria's skull shows no traces of violence, and Anastasia's burned and fragmented remains, identified in 2009, offer no clues to the cause of her death.
So, from the grave that was dug up where they found charred remains of two bodies, of a boy and a girl, it was proven that the boy in fact IS Tsaverich Alexei, the youngest child. But the girl, though proven to be a Romanov child, was unclear on whether it was Maria or Anastacia.
On your account, who do you think it was?

For me, I strongly believed that it was Anastacia~ :D


Since the informations of the biggest case in history is soooooo long and confusing in my account for me to write it all down here, here's some links that provides a lot of information for you to read~ :D

Title: Nicholas II of Russia (in Wikipedia)

Title: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (in Wikipedia)

Title: Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia

enjoy reading them~ :D

and oh, a little gallery on portraits of the last Romanov family.

the five children of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra~ :D
from oldest to youngest: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastacia and Alexei, all in their imperial clothes~

a full family portrait of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra with their four princess and one prince~ :)

another portrait of the last Romanov family~ :)
there's no doubt that Anastacia is the most beautiful of all of the sisters~ <3


One thing that touched me about this family was that they were together at life and death.
During life, all of them were really close to one another and they loved each other.
And also during death, they died together, side by side, forever inseperable by anything~ :)

And this is probably my most favourite historical mysteries EVER.

Okay, off to think on my fanfiction...and also to decide on whether to write a second post today~ .w.

this is your cosplay and KHR fanatic blogger, Yukino...




(P.S: The next post, even if I'll post it up today or only tomorrow, it'll definitely crush the hearts of cosplay fans~ TT^TT)

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