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Haunting last picture before execution of the boy born to be Russia’s tsar

By The Siberian Times reporter
11 June 2018

Image goes on display at new Tobolsk museum dedicated to the exile of Nikolai II and family shortly before they were shot.

Last picture of Tsarevich Alexei and sister Olga Nikolayevna was taken either on, or shortly after 20 May 2018, on board of Rus riverboat. Picture: Tobolsk History Museum

This image shows heir Alexei on his river trip to death, aged 13 and nine months old, around eight weeks before he was murdered with the rest of his family by a Bolshevik execution squad.

The museum - part of a new trail for tourists and royal enthusiasts  following the route of the Romanovs in exile after Nikolai’s abdication in 1917 - has confirmed this image is the last known photograph of the Tsarevich.

It was taken as he left the historic Siberian town of Tobolsk where the family were held in the so-called Governor’s House from August 2017.

In April, Nikolai, his former empress Alexandra and one of their daughters, Maria, moved to Yekaterinburg. 

Alexei, a haemophiliac, had been ill, and he remained in Tobolsk in their care of his three other sisters, Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia, and 26 servants. 

They left by riverboat on 20 May 1918, two months before they would be killed. 

The picture was taken on board the riverboat called Rus.

Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar
Tsarevich Alexei pctured with sisters in Tobolsk, Siberia, and on his own during 2017-2018 exile; last picture shows the house where Romanov family stayed during their exile in Tobolsk. Pictures: Tobolsk History Museum, Vesti Rossiya


Alexei health had caused acute concern to the royal family before the revolution, contributing to their obsession with ‘crazed’ monk Gregory Rasputin who was seen as a healer. 

As Nikolai’s sole male heir, Alexei was born to inherit from his father the following formidable and colourful titles as an absolute ruler: Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod; Tsar of Kazan, Tsar of Astrakhan, Tsar of Poland, Tsar of Siberia, Tsar of Chersonese Taurian, Tsar of Georgia; Lord of Pskov and Grand Prince of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, Finland; Prince of Estland, Livland, Courland, Semigalia, Samogitia, Belostok, Karelia, Tver, Yugorsky land, Perm, Vyatka, Bolgar and others; Lord and Grand Prince of Nizhny Nogorod, Chernigov, Ryazan, Polotsk, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Belozersk, Udorsky land, Obdorsk, Kondia, Vitebsk, Mstislav, and all of the northern countries Master; and Lord of Iberia, Kartli, and Kabardia lands and Armenian provinces; hereditary Sovereign and ruler of the Circassian and Mountainous Princes and of others; Lord of Turkestan; Heir of Norway; Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, and Oldenburg, and others, and others, and others.

It was not to be, of course. 

Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar
The execution site of Romanov family inside the Ipatiev house in Yekaterinburg; Tsarevich Alexei pictured with favourite spaniel Joy, sisters, and mother Alexandra. Pictures: Tobolsk History Museum


The new Tobolsk museum The Imperial Route project, which charts the Romanov family’s stay or transfer after Nikolai’s abdication through  St Petersburg , Moscow,  Tyumen, Perm, Tobolsk and Yekaterinburg. 

The museum is in the old Governor’s House with 13 rooms preserved as well as possible from a century ago. 

Items have been gifted by the descendants of Briton Charles Gibbes, Alexei’s tutor, who went with the family into exile before finding his way out of the revolution maelstrom via China. 

Pictures below show reconstruction and picture of Alexei's room in the house in Tobolsk, Alexei with a cat and his favourite spaniel Joy, and Alexei with tutor Charles Gibbes

Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Haunting last picture before execution of  the boy born to be Russia’s tsar


Comments (35)

103 years later this is still a heart sinking tragedy. Karl Marx's evil legacy sadly lives on. You would think humanity has learned it's lesson about the evils of Marxism and socialism.
Matt, Texas
11/04/2021 08:18
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This family did not need to die; Nicholas had abdicated on his own behalf, and on behalf of his son. They were not going to rise up to again rule Russia. Nicholas never wanted to be Tsar in the first place. I am heartend that most people who left comments seems to feel the same way. I do feel bad, when I hear people say they that the Romanovs had to die, or there would always have been strife in the country. I don't think Russia is a country at peace now, and it has been 103 years since this unfortunate family was woken from sleep, taken to a cellar and murdered in cold blood. I read that the guards, or the execution squad, if you can stomach the term, actually took a break in the midst of the killings. I can imagine nothing more horrible than waiting to be killed, while you sit near the murdered bodies of your parents. This was the heartless act of cowards.
Susan M. Hooper, United States
28/03/2021 22:29
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All were saved no one died all died natural death. It was real to leave Russia they had no choice.
Abhijeet, India
28/11/2020 01:26
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Such a sad and tragic story. Whatever the faults of the Tsar ( and they were small compared to the Bolsheviks) the whole family did not deserve this fate. Exile would have been enough, but unfortunately Lenin was out for revenge for the death of his brother so there was never a chance of that. I hope they are all together again and in peace in the heavenly sphere.
Alan Young, United Kingdom
03/10/2020 16:18
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Even the French revolution did not dare to execute Louis XVI.' s children.
Nor did they execute without trials, in the middle of the night. Premeditated group murder.
I.E. Mohelská , Düsseldorf Germany
28/09/2020 22:34
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Man's inhumanity to man. So sad. I struggled to read Helen Rappaport's book on the Romanovs to the end. Where are their to mentors now? We'll all a seer to God one day.
Kayode Adelusola, Ife, Nigeria
15/08/2020 02:19
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Rest in peace, Alexei, and every other member of the Romanov family. Your life was full of hardships and misery, you died unfairly, but we hope you finally find your peace above. Im sorry, this is a tragedy. He was just a child. None of his father's mistakes is his fault. Humanity can be cruel sometimes, rest in peace. You deserve way more than the world gave you.
Natasha, America
23/07/2020 11:43
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This is a tragedy... So so so so tragic. My heart is weighed down by the unfairness of it all. Rest in peace, little Tsar.
Melanie, England
23/07/2020 11:25
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"If only they believe that only Jesus can heal "

This is the same "healer" who like his fake "father" happily stood by and did nothing, just ask any of the dead who were on the Titanic or the WTC towers on 9/11 how well prayers and their jesus worked out for them!
rdw, USA
23/05/2020 09:48
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This story was really sad but opens your eyes a bit
Olivia, Connecticut
07/05/2020 23:48
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he is kinda cute
lily james, usa
28/01/2020 02:03
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I just read a book from the series The Missing by Margaret Peterson Haddix in my school about the Romanovs, very harsh way that they were tricked into coming into the cellar and then murdered, for no apparent reason. God bless any Romanov descendants and I wish their family the best.
Robert Gibson, USA
20/11/2019 07:53
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Forgive us Alexei. May you forever run free, alive, happy and healthy, in the memories of those who knew and loved you. May your simple courage, confidence and positivity even in the face of sickness, pain and terror shine on as a timeless example for all humanity.
Rohan, Rihe
14/08/2019 22:39
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John in the UK seems to think Americans, as a group, are claiming to be the reincarnation of the Russian royal family. Be specific, John. It's just the one individual. Not the entire nation of three hundred million people.
Anna, Colorado, US
13/08/2019 23:37
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I as mother its hurt me so much very sad story.


Rest in peace there soul romanov family that solution of killing the family


I called out weak..

Aracelis RODRIGUEZ, United States
06/08/2019 02:08
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