WRITER HISTORIAN RUSSIANIST
On the 17th of July 2018 Russia will mark a centenary that is likely to prove more significant – nationally, emotionally and spiritually – than the anniversary
of the revolution that precedes it in 2017.
It is an event already loaded with significance in the minds of the Russian people, for in commemorating the centenary of the murder in Ekaterinburg of their last Imperial Family, they will finally come together in an act of national penitence for a horrifying act of murder perpetrated by the Bolsheviks. An enduring sense of guilt that as a people the Russians allowed this to happen has never abated down through the ensuing century.
In a country peculiarly enamoured of outlandish conspiracy theories about the possible escape and survival of all or some of the Romanov family from their captors, 17 July 2018 will mark the ultimate, official recognition that this fantasy is over: the Romanov family did indeed all die in Ekaterinburg that night.
What will also make this 100th anniversary particularly important and significant is the fact that after years of controversy and official obstructionism the Russian Orthodox Church is also preparing to finally recognize and sanction the skeletal remains found in the Koptyaki Forest, after insisting on yet more DNA tests being carried out on them. There is no doubt that in July 2018 the Orthodox Church will be at the centre of a major glorification of Russia’s last Imperial Family, when it is also highly likely that Nicholas, Alexandra, their heir Alexey and his four sisters Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia will all finally be laid to rest together.
The Imperial Family all died at Ekaterinburg.
No miraculous escapes. No more bogus claimants.
Forget Anastasia and Ingrid Bergman. Now we must address the remaining burning question. For it is one that has nagged at me for the last ten years during which I have been researching and writing about the Romanovs:
The Race to Save
How the World Failed Russia's Last Imperial Family
The Race to Save the Romanovs will be published simultaneously in the UK by Hutchinson
and USA by St Martin’s Press, in time for the centenary in July 2018
Why exactly did their European royal relatives and the Allied governments with whom the Russians were fighting a war all fail to get the Romanovs out to safety?
26 June 2018
28 June 2018
My 14th book will be published in the UK and USA this June, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Romanovs in Ekaterinburg.
A Russian translation will also be coming out
at around the same time.
Watch this page for further updates on
other foreign editions.
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