Today and Tomorrow, July 16th and 17th, mark the horrible anniversary of the brutal execution of the Romanov-Martyrs, the Imperial Family of Russia, in the basement of the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg in 1918. The Family and their servants were woken in the middle of the night and informed that they were going to be moved, they were led into the basement and told that they would be having a picture taken to prove they still lived.
Once inside however, the Family was instead read out their own death sentence, punishment for the crime of serving as a symbol of resistance and defiance in the Russian civil war against the Communist Revolutionaries. The Imperial Family was simply too dangerous politically to be left alive. The soldiers started firing until the room was full of smoke. Those who did not die by shooting were bludgeoned with the rifles. After which they were taken into the forest and unmarked graves were dug; acid and fire was used to speed up the decay and disfigurement of the Imperial household before burial.
There the Imperial Family would remain until identified, exhumed, and reburied in a dignified and Imperial manner with solemn ceremony and mourning in the 1990’s.