The Deaths of Tsar Nicholas II & His Family:
Images from an Exhibition

An exhibition devoted to the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family has opened
in the Exhibition Hall of the State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow.

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The State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow is hosting a new exhibit on the deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The exhibit opened on May 25th in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Archives.

It focuses on the final months of the last Russian Imperial family, along with their faithful retainers in the Ipatiev House at Ekaterinburg, as well as their murders 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, Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch 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 to the exhibit have the opportunity to examine the 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 depicting 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. A stunning 175-page catalogue of the exhibit has been produced in Russian, and is richly illustrated throughout with photographs from the items on display at the exhibition. Admission is free!

Note: The following collection of photographs were taken by A. G. Manakova, and N. V. Glischinskoy. English captions have been added to some of the more interesting items from the exhbition. - - Paul Gilbert

Article by: Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
15 June, 2012

The exhibition examines the investigation, which lasted nearly a century,
and is considered one of the worst crimes of 20th century Russian history.
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The journal of the meetings of the Provisional Government with the decision of
the arrest of Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. March 7, 1917
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Personal items of the Imperial family discovered at the Ipatiev House in 1918
included pillowcases and linens bearing the embroiderd imperial crown.
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The Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. 1901. Watercolour by A. P. Sokolova
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The Gospel, a gift from Nicholas II to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna on Easter 1916
(Published by the Moscow printing house in 1627). Keys to the Alexander Palace.
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Personal items belonging to the Imperial family, found in the Ipatiev House after their murders.
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Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna under arrest at Tsarskoye Selo, 1917.
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The Grand Duchesses and the Tsarevich Alexei under arrest at Tsarskoye Selo, 1917.
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Detail of the wallpaper from the wall of the basement room of the Ipatiev House.
The text reads: "Belshazzar was killed last night by his servants." 1918.
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The basement room of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, where the Imperial family were murdered.
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A Browning pistol, model 1900 (the first shot fired from this gun was directed at Emperor Nicholas II); the bayonet
from a Winchester rifle, which was used in the murder of the Imperial family (it was given to the Prosecutor General
of the Russian Federation in the mid-1990s by M.M. Medvedev, the son of one of the participants in the murders);
and the holster of the Colt gun, owned by Yakov Yurovsky.
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A copy of the preliminary investigation made by Nicholas Sokolov into the murders of the Imperial family in 1919.
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The icon the Mother of God found at the Ipatiev House in 1919.
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A reconstruction of the shootings of the imperial family in the basement of the Ipatiev House on the night of 16/17 July, 1918.
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Deciphered ticker-tape of talks between Lenin and Yakov Sverdlov. April 28, 1918.
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The shirt and hat worn by the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich (the future Emperor Nicholas II)
during the attack made against by an assassin in Japan in 1891 (the bloodstains on his shirt were used
by researchers for genetic examination of the Ekaterinburg remains).
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Proceedings of a genetic examination of the alleged remains of Tsar Nicholas and his family from the collection of
E.I. Rogaev; and materials from an examination made in 2008 which compared the injuries that Nicholas
Alexandrovich sustained to his skull from the wounds received in 1891 in Japan (from the collection of SA Nikitin).
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Sculptural reconstruction of the skulls of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, by S. Nikitin.
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Sculptural reconstruction of the skulls of Grand Duchesses Anastasia, Olga and Tatiana, by S. Nikitin.
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Sculptural reconstruction of the skulls of Dr. Eugene Botkin (the court physician),
Anna Demidova (the Empress Alexandera's maid), and Alexei Trupp (valet), by S. Nikitin.
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Proceedings of the Government Commission to study issues relating to the investigation
and reburial of the remains of the Emperor Nicholas II and his family.
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A copy of the 175-page catalogue of the exhibition, richly illustrated with photographs from the the exhibition.

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