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Tsar Nicholas II, the last Romanov emperor of Russia in March 1917, was forced off of the throne.

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History coursework (sources) Introduction Tsar Nicholas II, the last Romanov emperor of Russia in March 1917, was forced off of the throne. In November 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution took place; this was followed by a bitter and bloody civil war. As prisoners of the Bolsheviks, they were moved from place to place until finally arriving in Ekaterinburg in May 1918. There they were kept under close guard in Ipatiev house, two months later they disappeared. Later in 1918, the whites captured Ekaterinburg they appointed Judge Sergeyev to investigate the deaths. Meanwhile the British government sent Sir Charles Eliot to find out what had happened. In January 1919, Sergeyev was sacked and replaced by judge Sokolov, however before his investigations were complete, the Bolsheviks recaptured Ekaterinburg. The Bolsheviks were not keen on the news of the murders becoming public because this might turn foreign governments and many Russians against them at a time when they were fighting a civil war. Sources Source A Sergeyev took from his desk a large blue folder and said, "Here I have all the evidence in connection with the Nicholas Romanov case". I examined the lower storey of the building where the royal family lived and the crime was supposed to have been committed. ...read more.

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Another reason is that he was sacked 2 or 3 months later from the investigation so he must have been doing something wrong. Source C My predecessor, Sergeyev, on handing the case to me, had no doubt about the fact that the entire Romanov family had been massacred in the Ipatiev house. It's demonstrated that between 17 and 22 July a murder occurred in the house. This did not occur on the upper floor, where the imperial family lived, the bloody carnage took place in one of the rooms in the basement. The murder was carried out using revolvers and bayonets. More than 30 shots were fired because some of the bullets must have remained in the bodies. Several people were murdered because one person couldn't change his position so much and submit to so many blows. On 17 July, under the cover of darkness, a lorry carried the corpses to the four brothers mine. The main purpose was to destroy the bodies. The bodies were chopped into pieces and burned with the aid of sulphuric acid and petrol. The fatty matter in the bodies ran out of the corpses and mixed in with the soil. From a book by Judge Sokolov published in 1924. Parts of his report were never made public. ...read more.

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After that they started firing, and they killed them all. My husband fired too." Medvedev stupidly told one of the other guards that he had "emptied 2 or 3 bullets into the Tsar". This established his guilt. From a history book published in 1991. I don't agree with the statement source D must be reliable as it's an eyewitness account because in Medvedevs statement he explains how he was told to go and wait outside to see if anyone was coming and if he could here the bullets but if he was in charge of all the men guarding the royal family so it would have been him giving out the orders. Also another reason is that his wife explains how he shot the Tsar but he said that he wasn't in the room when the shooting happened so source D is not reliable. Source F A photograph of the basement room where the murders are claimed to have taken place. Source G A painting of the death of the Tsar based on the investigations carried out by the whites. Source H A Diagram from Judge Sokolov's book. It shows the position of the people in the basement. According to the witnesses he interviewed. To a historian source H would be the most useful to him as it shows the position of where everyone was in the basement. ...read more.

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