A selection of the photographs, documents and other items from the exhibit in Moscow
The States Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow will host a new exhibit on the death of Tsar Nicholas II and his family starting May 25th.
The exhibit which opens in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Archives focuses on the deaths of the last Russian Imperial family, along with their faithful retainers, and the investigative activities related to the search, identification and burial of their remains which lasted nearly a century - from 1918 to 2011.
This is the first time that an exhibition of this scale has been held. Included are the 1918 proceedings of the investigator of the Omsk District Court, Nikolai Sokolov; the photo reports of the "secret" archaeological expedition carried out by Geli Ryabov and Dr. Alexander Avdonin in 1978; investigative materials of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation; the Government Commission on the disposal of the royal remains in 1998; investigative materials from 2007; and the three-volumes of the Resolution of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to dismiss the criminal case number 18/123666-93 titled Clarifying the Circumstances of the Death of Members of the Russian Imperial Family and their Entourage between 1918-1918 in the Urals and Petrograd.
Items from the collections of the Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary in Jordanville, New York will also be displayed for the first time. For many years, Metrolpolitan Hilarion, the First Heirarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad collected and stored many items, including personal belongings of the Russian Imperial family. These included household items, clothing, icons, documents and photographs.
Also on display will be many rare items from other collections. Visitors will have the opportunity to examine facts relating to the shooting of the members of the Imperial family, including items used for the forensic and DNA tests carried out to help identify the remains. The blood-stained shirt worn by the Tsesarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich after the assassination attempt on his life in Japan in 1891 is on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The blood stains from this shirt aided researchers and scientists in identifying the remains of the Tsesarevich Alexis.
The exhibit will also feature the stories of those who participated in the murders of the Imperial family, as well as vintage newsreel and documentary film footage depicitng the private lives of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, which is currently stored at the archives.
The exhibit runs until July 29th in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Archives which is located at ul. B. Pirogovskaya, 17 in Moscow. Admission is free!
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 May, 2012