Russia’s Christian King and Family Ritually Murdered 104 Years Ago
The Romanov Royal Martyrs Project
October 20, 2020
The most realistic recreation of the murder of the Romanov Royal Family ever made on video. Around 2.00 am on July 17th, Yakov Yurovsky, the commandant of the Ipatiev house, the “House of Special Purpose”, ordered the Romanovs’ physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes, under the pretext that they would be moved to a safe location due to impending chaos in Yekaterinburg.
The Romanovs were then ordered into a semi-basement room. Alexei could not walk down the stairs, due to a recent injury, and Nicholas carried him in his arms. Two chairs were brought, on which Tsarevich Alexei and Alexandra sat. The prisoners were told to wait in the cellar room while the truck that would transport them was being brought to the house. A few minutes later, an execution squad was brought in and Yurovsky read aloud the order of the execution given to him by the Ural Executive Committee. The Imperial family, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei, as well as all those who chose to accompany them into imprisonment —notably Dr Eugene Botkin, Anna Demidova, Alexei Trupp and Ivan Kharitonov— were shot, bayoneted and clubbed to death. The massacre that took place was utterly brutal and lasted around 20 minutes,* before all victims were killed.
*Note: The murder in the video takes only a few seconds, but in reality it was a long and frightening procedure. It is described in all details in the book “The Romanov Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal”.
17 July 1918
Around 3.00 am, in the morning of July 17, Yurovsky with his men and Ermakov headed for Koptyaki forest, where a mineshaft was prepared for the disposal of the bodies. When they reached the forest and started unloading the bodies, Ermakov’s men started to ransack the pockets of the victims. Yurovsky threatened he would shoot anyone who stole anything from the bodies. Yurovsky undressed the bodies and removed all the valuables that were found on them. He then burned the clothes. The men lowered the bodies into the mineshaft, which turned out to be very shallow. They decided to use explosives, so that the inner walls would break and cover up the bodies. It was already daylight. This didn’t work and Yurovsky decided that the bodies should be transferred to another place the following night. He then returned to Ekaterinburg to report to the Soviet.
18 July 1918
Yurovsky returned to the mineshaft around 4:00 am. By morning they had exhumed the bodies from the shaft with the intention of transferring them to a deeper mineshaft. [On the way, the automobile carrying the bodies broke down. The bodies were put on wagons and Yurovsky returned to the town on horseback to bring new automobiles.]* He returned to the forest at 21.30 pm with two trucks. The bodies were loaded on the trucks and headed for the mineshafts. It was after midnight.
19 July 1918
The trucks got stuck again in a swamp. [Yurovsky decided to burn two of the bodies and bury the rest right there. Maria and Alexei were set on fire while a pit was being dug.]* The bodies were then thrown into the pit, smashed and chopped with shovels, and finally doused with sulfuric acid. The pit was covered up, cross ties were laid on top, and the truck drove over it several times to level it. [Near the spot were the bodies of Maria and Alexei were burned, another pit was dug and the remains of the two children were laid in there.]*
*The facts described in the brackets […] are not presented in the video. A full detail account of all the facts is presented in the forthcoming book “The Romanov Royal Martyrs”.
This video is produced as part of the project for the book “The Romanov Royal Martyrs”, which is an impressive 512-page book, featuring nearly 200 black & white photographs, and a 56-page photo insert of more than 80 high-quality images, colorized by the acclaimed Russian artist Olga Shirnina (Klimbim) and appearing here in print for the first time.
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