RFE/RL: Before the murders – rare photographs of Russia’s last royal family


Picture of a colorized post card released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows the last Russian Tsar Nicolas II and his family . From Left: (back row) Princesses Maria, Olga and Tatiana, (2nd row) Czarine Alexandra, Nicholas II and Princess Anastasia, (front row) Czarevitch Alexei.

Photo by AFP

After Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries, a collection of the royal family’s personal photographs was smuggled out of Russia. The albums offer a haunting glimpse into the life of a family destined for tragedy.

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