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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 (7)

Evil lenin and bolshoveik gangsters murdered innocent romanov family including children and girls. Really shameful
Shubh arora, India
29/11/2018 17:04
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The first image was not taken in May 2018.
Dorf, Oxford
29/06/2018 09:59
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Darrel Hoffman, Israel is far more to blame for the Bolsheviks than Russia is, if we are going to blame whole countries. Check the names and the ethnicity of most of their leaders (including Lenin, by his mother). And the founder of Cheka, Felix Dzerzhinsky, was Polish. And Lenin's bodyguards and the most elite armed unit of the Reds, were Latvian Sharpshooters. "Russians" didn't make Soviet Union. All kinds of people did.
Sergey,
15/06/2018 07:07
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So sad and unfair
Florencia, Bs as Argentina
15/06/2018 00:38
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My heart breaks for this precious boy so brutally murdered. It just wasn't necessary. The blood of the Imperial Family will forever be on Russia's head.
Darrel Hoffman, Detroit, Mi. USA
14/06/2018 19:46
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Fascinating History of Russia . Thanks
Jocelyne, FRANCE
12/06/2018 16:41
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good to see and read about these things, because I believe, if you do not understand your past you can not understand the present and know the future.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
12/06/2018 01:45
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