She was killed with her family by a group of Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg on July 17, Persistent rumors of her possible escape circulated after her death, fueled by the fact that the location of her burial was unknown during the decades of Communist rule. The abandoned mine serving as a mass grave near Yekaterinburg which held the acidified remains of the Tsar, his wife, and three of their daughters was revealed in These remains were put to rest at Peter and Paul Fortress in The bodies of Alexei Nikolaevich and the remaining daughter—either Anastasia or her older sister Maria—were discovered in Her purported survival has been conclusively disproved.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
DNA Analysis Confirms Authenticity of Romanovs' Remains | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
Yesterday, as the country was preparing to commemorate their deaths, Russian investigators announced that new DNA testing had confirmed that remains attributed to last tsar and his family are in fact authentic—a finding that may pave the way for the deceased royals to be buried with full rites by the Orthodox Church, according to Agence France-Presse. The new findings are the latest development in a tangled dispute over the remains of the Romanovs, whose downfall was nigh after Nicholas II was forced to abdicate the throne in the midst of the Russian Revolution of Radical Bolsheviks took power and formed a provisional government, and the tsar, his wife, Alexandra and their five children were imprisoned in the city of Yekaterinburg. As the White Army advanced on Yekaterinburg, local authorities were ordered to prevent the rescue of the Romanovs, and in the early hours of July 17, the family was executed by firing squad. Those who remained alive after the bullets stopped flying were stabbed to death. The remains of Nicholas, Alexandra and three of their daughters— Anastasia, Olga and Tatiana—were found in , though the bodies were only exhumed in after the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to the AFP.
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In , Russian forensic expert, Sergey Nikitin finished the reconstruction models of the Imperial Family and their Servants by using the skull remnants found in on the Old Koptiaki road. No reconstructions were conducted on the skulls of Tsesarevich Alexei or his sister, Grand Duchess Maria, because their remains have yet to be found.. Nikitin presented his paper on his identification studies of Anastasia. It was Nikitin who in August , just one month after the Imperial remains were unearthed, who first confirmed the identity of found remains. Nikitin stated that at that time there was controversy about the identification of these remains among some anthropologists and this controversy continues to this date.
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