Tsar Nicholas II's Son Dreamt of Getting
the Country Under Control

Tsarevich Alexei with his father, Tsar Nicholas II

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The son of the last Emperor of Russia Nicholas II Tsarevich Alexey who suffered from hemophilia felt concern about his country and wished to get it under control.

"Now I have realized what the lie is. If I became a tsar, no one would ever dare to tell me a lie. I would have gotten the country under control," Tsarevich Alexey told his tutor Pierre Gilliard in Yekaterinburg a few months before his martyr's death.

At that time, Tsarevich Alexey could not walk due to his illness.

When First World War I began, Nicholas II took Tsarevich Alexey with him to the General Headquarters. Compared to life in the tsar's palaces, they led a simple field life with all resulting risks for the boy who suffered from the disorder of blood coagulation, Rossiya TV reports.

Every day, before Nicholas II left the room for the morning tea when he received reports about the situation at the front, Tsarevich Alexey dressed in a military uniform and holding a gun stood sentry and gave a salute to visiting generals.

Tsarevich Alexey Nikolayevich was born 105 years ago, on August 12, 1904.

Interfax
12 August, 2009