On this day: The Romanov family was executed

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In July 1918, the Ekaterinburg Reds imagined that the Czech army and White Russian forces were on their way to deliver the Tsar. So the decision was made to act. Yakov Yurovsky was a hardliner chosen by the close by committee to take command of the exile. Guards known to have contract with the family were removed. Yurovsky brought in new men to execute the convicts.

Just after midnight the royals were roused from their be in the arms of Morpheus by the guards. The family was told the house was unsafe, due to shooting in the streets. The Tsar, his bride, and their five children, along with their four flunkeys, were taken down into the cellar “for their own safety.” Yurovsky and his men went the room. He instructed the guards to shoot each family member in the basic nature to lessen the blood flow. 

Their bodies were then mutilated, set on fire, and buried in a field called Porosenkov Log in Koptyaki Forest.

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