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Suite of Sapphire jewelry, part of a grand Parure which belonged to Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia. Inherited by her daughter and sold after the Bolshevik Revolution.


Olga with her friend and her mother’s lady-in-waiting, Margarita (Rita/Ritka) Khitrovo in 1915. Rita tried to follow the family to Siberia, but when she arrived the Bolsheviks sent her home.


Margaret Hitrovo,or 'Ritka' as GD Olga called her. She was a lady-in-waiting from a noble family, she was in service to the Royal Family.. In 1917, at the age of 23 Margaret passed her archive to a French officer to save papers from the Bolsheviks, and left to Siberia to find Nikolay II's family and either join or save them (there is a version Margaret and Vyrubova were preparing the escape for Tzar's family).Later Margaret left for the USA where she died in 1952


Interrogator Nikolai Sokolov is looking for the remains of Nikolay II and his family. This photo shows Ganina Yama, the place where the Bolsheviks brought to hide the remains of Tsar's family. The photo was taken by Pierre Gilliard in 1919.


Matryona Rasputina in 1932 || After she left The Bolsheviks Russia she published the first of three memoirs about her father, worked as a cabaret dancer in Romania and then found work as a circus performer. During the 1930s she toured Europe and America as a lion tamer, billing herself as "the daughter of the famous mad monk whose feats in Russia astonished the world."She had two pet dogs, whom she called Youssou and Pov after Felix Yussupov whom he hated.


Klementy Nagorny was a former sailor on the Standart and was one of two sailor-nannies (along with Derevenko) to the Tsarevich Alexei. He was murdered by the Bolsheviks prior to the murder of the Imperial Family; he was only 29 when he was executed. I have always admired him, for he remained faithful to the end. His loyalty and devotion were truly remarkable and he deserves to be honored.says another pinner


Tsar Nicholas II, on horseback holding an icon, during prayers before a battle at the front on the Eastern Front. As the last Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II ruled the country from 1894 until his abdication in 1917. Unable or unwilling to leave the country, he and his family were murdered at the hands of the Bolsheviks on the cusp of the 1918 Revolution.


His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich of Russia (1878-1918). He and his English valet were shot at Perm by the Bolsheviks in 1918, shortly before the murder of the Imperial Family at Ekaterinburg. Grand Duke Mikhail was the first of the Romanovs murdered by the Bolsheviks.

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Remembering the Romanovs

It was on a cool July night in 1918 when the Bolsheviks executed the Romanovs, Russia’s last Imperial Family. Tsar Nicholas II with his wife (right) Empress Alexandra and her sister Grand Duchess Elizabeth. Tragically, all three would perish in July 1918 at the brutal hands of the Bolsheviks.