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The Russian Revolution of 1917 began in Saint Petersburg when the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace

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"For a united Russia". Russian White Forces propagandist poster representing the Bolsheviks as a fell dragon and the White Cause as a crusading knight. 1919

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~ While the Bolsheviks exterminated as many Romanovs as they could get their hands on, many survived. When the Soviet Union fell, the Pretender to the Throne of Russia was the Grand Duke Vladimir, second cousin to the young Grand Duchesses. Now the honor passes to his daughter Maria, who married a great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Their son George, who turned 21 in 2002, is now the Heir to the Romanovs.

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IMPERIAL RUSSIA WINTER PALACE BALL~  1903. The last imperial ball before the Bolshevik Revolution.  Elaborate embroidered and bejeweled costumes with jeweled tiaras .

IMPERIAL RUSSIA WINTER PALACE BALL~ 1903. The last imperial ball before the Bolshevik Revolution. Elaborate embroidered and bejeweled costumes with jeweled tiaras .

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Ipatiev House, where the Imperial Family was murdered. The left lower-level (small) arched window is the room where they executed. The Ipatiev House was ordered to be demolished by Boris Yeltsin in 1977 in the hopes of stopping the many people who came to honor the memory of the Imperial Family's murder.

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Klementy Nagorny was a former sailor on the Standart and was one of two sailor-nannies (along with Derevenko) to the Tsarevich Alexei. He was murdered by the Bolsheviks prior to the murder of the Imperial Family; he was only 29 when he was executed. I have always admired him, for he remained faithful to the end. His loyalty and devotion were truly remarkable and he deserves to be honored.says another pinner

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THE ROMANOVS JEWELRY - In 1927 The Bolsheviks prepared 406 jewels of The Romanovs to be sold through Christie's. 'The Sphere' magazine immediately published an article with a header as 'Valuable assemble of beautiful jewels mostly of the 18th century. They belonged to Russian Crown and were acquired by our special syndicate. Now jewels are under the sale to let our countries make mutual settlement'.

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Olga with her friend and her mother’s lady-in-waiting, Margarita (Rita/Ritka) Khitrovo in 1915. Rita tried to follow the family to Siberia, but when she arrived the Bolsheviks sent her home.

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Nicholas II and Alexandra: The last czar and his wife; they were murdered by the Bolsheviks along with their children

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