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100 YEARS LATER, RUSSIA IS STILL REVISING THE STORY OF THE IMPERIAL FAMILY'S EXECUTION BY RED GUARDS

By Ala Creciun Graff | The Monkey Cage

"On July 17, while the world evaluated the U.S.-Russia Helsinki summit, Russia marked a historic anniversary: 100 years since Red Army guards executed Russia’s imperial family in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In 1917, a year earlier, Czar Nicholas II had been forced to abdicate and surrender to house arrest and later exile. The gruesome end of the Romanov dynasty solidified the finality of the Bolshevik Revolution.

"A century on, the family’s deaths sit uneasily in the narrative of Russian history — an example of Russia’s violent past that the state has not reckoned with to this day."

Ala Creciun Graff is a PhD candidate in UMD's Department of History.  

Read the complete article in The Monkey Cage

Photo: People gather at the Church on the Blood to mark the 100th anniversary of the executions of Czar Nicholas II and his family. The church was built on the site in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where the killings took place. (AP Photo/Aleksandr Abramenkov)