TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY: THE MURDER OF THE LAST IMPERIAL FAMILY OF RUSSIA, JULY 17, 1918
O n July 17, 1918, the former Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Alexandra, along with their children: Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and Alexei, and several members of their household, were murdered at Ekaterinburg, Russia, in the basement of the Ipatiev house. The imperial family and the servants killed with them were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 1981. The Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia canonized the family as passion bearers, signifying that they died with Christian piety and humility. At the site of the killings, The Church on the Blood was built and consecrated in 2003. Tsarina Alexandra is one of the protagonists found in my book, “Born to Rule,” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2005.