18.7.08

90 years since the Murder of the Tsar and the Imperial Family

Tens of thousands of Russians have marked 90 years since the murder of the former royal family with a religious procession in the city where they were killed.

Pilgrims from across the country gathered in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg this week to commemorate Tsar Nicholas II and his wife and children.
On Thursday many made their way from a church at the site where the family was killed by a Bolshevik firing squad in 1918 to the wooded area where their bodies were deposited.

Russian media said some 30,000 to 50,000 people took part in the procession.
Nicholas II abdicated in 1917 as revolutionary fervour swept Russia. He and his wife and five children were canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000.

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God Save the Tsar.
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