End Of Empire: 45 Haunting Photos Of The Romanovs’ Last Days

Romanovs Last Days

The Romanovs visiting a regiment during World War I. From left to right: Anastasia, Olga, Nicholas II, Alexei, Tatiana and Maria. Behind them are Kuban Cossacks Source: Wikipedia

On March 15, 1917, Tsar Nicholas II bowed to the chaos sweeping through Russia and abdicated the royal throne. This signified an end to the centuries-old rule of the Romanov dynasty, but it also marked the beginning of what Edmund Walsh would later describe in The Atlantic as the “weaving of the complicated net of death.”

Upon abdicating the throne, the Romanovs–symbols to many of the feckless imperial glut that stood at the root of much of Russia’s hardships–were exiled and shuffled about Russian residences until their violent July 1918 executions in Ekaterinburg. We track their final years, from 1914 to 1918, in the photo gallery below:

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Better Know A Despot: Ivan The Terrible

Ivan The Terrible Gallery

Source: WordPress

When you spend your formative years locked in closets, work your way through eight wives as an adult, and go down in history as [Your Name] the Terrible, it’s fair to say you’ve had quite a run. Ivan IV ruled from Moscow between 1547 and his death in 1584, and he can be thought of as the George Washington of Russia; if, instead of chopping down a cherry tree, George Washington had killed his own son by hurling him against a wall in one of his trademark psychotic rages.

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25 Communist Propaganda Posters That Catapult You Back To The Cold War

Communist Posters March For Integration

Burov: “We march for integration.” Source: Huffington Post

The Russian avant-garde movement was more than just a faction of the art scene; it linked the Soviet working class and the Communist Party and served as a site of cultural transformation.

It didn’t stop at posters. All facets of media were used as political tools to install kitschy hope and pride into societal bloodstreams. When paired with an educational system that would indoctrinate and form a “new-man” to embody the Soviet cause, it seemed that the Soviet propaganda machine–and by extension, the Soviets–was unstoppable.

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