The plans had been made for weeks, but it was late on the night of July 16, 1918, when Nicholas II, the former Emperor of all the Russias, his wife, Alexandra, their five children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexis and four faithful servants, were killed by local Bolshevik guards on the orders of the Ural Regional Soviet and backed by Lenin and other Soviet Leaders.
The Imperial family and their retainers were roused from their sleep and escorted down the stairs to the cellar, where they were told that they were being transferred to a safe house due to the chaos in Ekaterinburg.
Nicholas asked for two chairs for Alexandra and Alexis, their son, who suffered from hemophilia.
The prisoners waited, believing they would be taken to another house. It was in the wee hours of the morning of July 17 that the executioners entered the Ipatiev House.
Yakov Yurovsky stood before the former emperor and said: "Nikolai Alexandrovich, in view of the fact that your relatives are continuing their attack on Soviet Russia, the Ural Executive Committee has decided to execute you."
The executioners used guns and bayonets to carry out their murderous assignment.
Nicholas II (1868-1918)
Alexandra (Princess Alix of Hesse and By Rhine) (1872-1918)
Grand Duchess Olga (1895-1918)
Grand Duchess Tatiana (1897-1918)
Grand Duchess Maria (1899-1918)
Grand Duchess Anastasia (1901-1918)
Tsarevitch Alexis (1904-1918)
Eugene Botkin (1865-1918)
Anna Demidova (1878-1918)
Alexei Trupp (1856-1918)
Ivan Kharitonov (1872-1918)