Russia Commemorates the Centenary of the Assassination of the Last Czar

Source: FSSPX News

A hundred thousand Russians met near Ekaterinburg in the Ural district to pray for Nicolas II, one hundred years to the day after he and his family were assassinated by the Bolsheviks on July 17, 1917.

Carrying crosses, icons and portraits of the czar and the assassinated members of the imperial family, the pilgrims walked the 13 miles from Ekaterinburg to the monastery of Ganina Iama.

“We pray for the czar Nicolas, a martyr; we pray for those who suffered with him,” declared Patriarch Kirill, head of the autocephalous Russian Church, to the crowd standing before him with lighted candles for the occasion. Russia should see “this difficult and bitter experience” as a lesson, he added.

Nicolas II, the czarina Alexandra Feodorovna, and their five children were shot during the night of July 16-17, 1918, by the Communists, who thus put a brutal end to the Romanov dynasty that had reigned over Russia for three centuries.

The remains of the imperial family were found in 1979 and 2007, and identified thanks to DNA of their descendants, in particular Prince Philip of Greece, Duke of Edinburg and husband to Queen Elizabeth II.