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Source A is a report from an American newspaper and it tells us that Judge Sergeyev investigated the murder of the Romanov family.

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What happened to the Romanov family? A. Source A is a report from an American newspaper and it tells us that Judge Sergeyev investigated the murder of the Romanov family. However as Sergeyev was sacked perhaps he had not written his report biased enough so reliable information may be found in the source. The whites would have wanted it to seem like the whole Romanov family was brutally murdered but the report suggests otherwise. This source believes there was a murder, and it happened in the lower storey of the building. Sergeyev believes that not all the members of the household were shot there, he believes "the Tsar, the family doctor, the two servants and the maid were all shot in the Ipatiev house", however does believe that the "Empress, the Tsar's son and four other children" were not shot there. It is important not to take this source too literally as this is not necessarily what Sergeyev himself said, but what the journalist concluded after speaking with him. Source B, however seems much more interesting, it is a report by Sir Charles Eliot to the British Government. This source is very sceptical about the events; how Judge Sergeyev showed Sir Charles Elliot to the room that the murder was supposed to have taken place. "The position of the bullets indicates that the victims had been shot while kneeling and that other shots had been fired into them when they had fallen on the floor." ...read more.

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This would contradict what he had said in source D as he claimed he had been sent out whereas his wife claims that he was present and that he did participate in the murder of the Tsar and most likely his family. Therefore, this backs up my prediction of Medvedev trying to distance himself and thus he is less reliable. D. Source F is a photograph of the basement where the murders are claimed to have taken place. Source F does help us understand what went on because it does confirm that murders took place and that it was a large-scale massacre, we can tell this from the damage and destruction left of the walls and the floor, It gives the location of the murder. Sources A, B, C, D and G all agree that the Romanov family were killed in the basement. However, on its own this source could not tell us exactly who was killed and how many people were killed. Nor can it give us an insight into what happened before the killing i.e. what was said etc. I cannot tell us if there were any survivors and if any, where they went, also it does not show the rest of the room, as there is a possibility that the rest of the walls were in a similar state. I believe source G is useful to Historians as it is based on the investigation carried out by the whites i.e. ...read more.

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The lorry then became stuck in a swamp travelling to there next destination and that is where it has remained. Source J does not specify how many bodies were found, but can positively identify five of the seven members of the royal family. The strange thing is that it does not mention Alexis being killed which I find strange as if they wanted to end the royal family reign, they need to the kill the Tsar and the heir i.e. Alexis. Source A is an account from an American newspaper and believes "that the Tsar, the family doctor, two servants and the maid" were all murdered. Source J confirms that the Tsar was killed as his corpse was found and positively identified. However, it does not agree that the Tsarina and three of her daughters were shot. We can presume that there were only five corpses found which are listed above. Source A just states who Sergeyev thought was murdered, however doe not describe any 'events' that might have happened after the killing, thus it does not mention where the corpses were taken. Source B is a report from Sir Charles Elliot, confirms there was a murder, and believes the people murdered were the same people mentioned in source A. This is not surprising as both sources were interpretations of what Sergeyev said. It disapproves source J as it says that only "the Tsar, Dr Botkin, the Empress's maid and two servants" were killed, therefore it disagrees as it is saying that the Tsarina and three of her daughters were not killed, which is not true as there bodies were found. ...read more.

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