- Jan 2014
Don't know if this topic has been dealt with before. I raise it because I'm interested in the opinions of others.
16-17 July 1918, Czar Nicholas 11, his wife Tsarina Alexandra, their 5 children, and several courtiers were shot, clubbed and bayonetted in what was apparently an especially nasty, botched execution.
My question is was it politically necessary to kill them ?
A perhaps simplistic answer is "Yes, Of course it was necessary, to remove legitimate Romanov claimants the the throne and remove figureheads for a White's counter revolution"
BUT; there had been White Russian opposition from the beginning of the Revolution. Did they ever have a realistic chance of defeating the Bolsheviks and restoring the Czar?
It is my understanding that several, more distantly related members of the Romanov family escaped from Russia to Europe and England. The established rules of royal succession would have applied, surely not that hard to find an acceptable pretender?
I do not argue the escape of any the executed Romanovs because ,as far as I'm aware, all have now been accounted for through DNA tests of skeletal remains
I did read a bit ,and saw a TV series of the sad story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. .She seems to have been the most plausible contender, even though it became clear that she had been extensively coached and did not speak or understand Russian.
It was politically necessary to kill them. But it was only part of deal. Their execution was symbolically execution of whole old Russia.
Monarchical moods are quite present in Russia. But they dont tie with Romanovs descendants, because they are bastards. The main point is the dispute about: Who was Nikolay II offender or hero.