Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Princess Helen gets out of Russia

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 December 10, 1918

Princess Helen of Russia, who is the wife of Prince Ioann Constantovich, reached Stockholm today on board a steamer from Petrograd. The princess was a prisoner of the Bolsheviks for several months, and was released "through the influence of the Norwegian legation." Also on board the steamer was Great Britain's last remaining representative in Russia, Vice Consul Parker.

Princess Helen is the daughter of King Peter of Serbia. Her husband, Prince Ioann, is presumed dead along with four other members of the Russian Imperial family. It is believed that Ioann and several Grand Dukes were thrown alive by the Bolsheviks into a mine near Ekaterinburg and "then killed with hand grenades." The New York Times recently reported that their remains had been found.

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