The End Comes Quickly for the Romanovs

The Empress Alexandra was devastated by Rasputin’s death. He was the only man alive who could save Alexei and now he was gone. It is unknown whether she considered the implications of a man known to be favored by her being murdered despite her protection. But looking back, it was another sign that the people were increasingly dismissive…

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The Legendary Murder of Rasputin

By the end of 1916, the extended Romanov family was desperate. Someone had to put a stop to Rasputin. For some reason, the tsar and tsarina appeared to be completely bamboozled by this drunken, filthy man who took bribes and sold government appointments. Perhaps Rasputin sensed he had gone too far. He sent this prophetic letter…

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A Terrible Omen as Tsar Nicholas II’s Reign Begins

Nicholas II of the Romanov dynasty was the last tsar of Russia. The family had ruled for more than 300 years, but shadows were gathering when Nicholas assumed the throne in 1894. He and the Empress Alexandra were unpopular from the beginning. The reclusive Alexandra was particularly disliked by the Russian people. She was of German descent, a nation…

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