Lenin did not Execute the Romanov Family

The former Tsar Nicholas II, showing him at Tsarskoye Selo after his abdication in March 1917.

Western narratives have always used the demise of the Russian imperial family as a means to discredit Socialism in general, and the 1917 Russian Revolution in particular. Although the crimes of capitalism are varied, continuously ongoing and relentless, anti-Socialist Western narratives use entirely imagined and contrived incidences about the Communist World, attempting to create a counter-narrative to working class freedom. Everything the working class does on its own is viewed as ‘evil’ and ‘morally’ deficient by the bourgeoisie. This is a matter of class interests, and the bourgeoisie require a subordinated working class to unquestionably do its bidding. Therefore, it must be acknowledged that all bourgeois narratives about the USSR are ideologically suspect in the first instance, and must be carefully analysed for bias, disinformation and misinformation. The following information is researched entirely from Russian language academic sources.

This is the general narrative regarding the demise of the Romanov imperial family on the 17th of July, 1918 (at around 1:30am). It is believed that the seven members of the Romanov family and four supporters, were executed in the basement of the Ipatiev house (in Yekaterinburg), as the bourgeois (rightwing) forces of the so-called Czech Legion (armed and financed by the capitalist West) was closing-in on the Yekaterinburg area, with the intention of ‘destroying’ the local fledgling Bolshevik Authorities. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, a formal decision on the execution of Nicholas II was made on July 16th, 1918, by the Presidium of the Ural Regional Soviet of Workers, Peasants’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, in-charge of the area concerned. As the counter-revolutionary (bourgeois) forces were sweeping through the area, it was assumed that their motivating aim was to free the imperial family, and re-instate Czar Nicholas II as the sovereign leader of a re-constituted feudal Russia.  To deprive the advancing bourgeois forces of such a victory, the local (Ural) Soviet Authorities chose to execute the imperial family without trial, as a means to preserve the Revolution in their area. Western narratives have generally asserted that VI Lenin – the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution – personally gave the order for this execution, but historical evidence firmly suggests that this is not true. A Russian language document claiming that a Central Government meeting (of Political Commissars) took place on July 18th, 1918, that involved Lenin, Sverdlov and even Trotsky that openly discussed the executions, is often quoted by anti-Soviet commentators as ‘proof’ of the Central Government’s complicity, has subsequently been proven to be ‘false’. Trotsky, who was no fan of the Soviet System after his expulsion in 1929, categorically stated that the document was ‘fake’ because he was not in any such meeting at the time, and knew nothing about the execution of the Romanov family. Contrary to many anti-Soviet Western narratives, Sverdlov did not inform this meeting that its ‘execution’ order had been successfully carried-out.

On the 16th of July, 1918, Lenin was busy in Moscow writing telegrams for the foreign press (particularly the Danish newspaper ‘National Tidende’), denying rumours that the Romanov family had been executed. At this time, (as the Romanov family was being prepared for execution in Yekaterinburg), Lenin reportedly knew nothing about it. When news of the executions reached Moscow, the official Soviet Authorities position stated that only Nicholas II was executed (by firing squad), was carried-out due to an extremely difficult military situation that prevailed in the Yekaterinburg area at the time, which involved a counter-revolutionary plot to release the former emperor. The decision to execute was taken by the Presidium of the Ural Regional Council alone, and involved only Czar Nicholas II – and did not involve his wife or children, who were moved elsewhere. Due to the chaos of the ‘Civil War’ at the time (which saw fourteen different armies from the West and Japan marauding across Revolutionary Russia), the exact fate of the other Romanovs (and their servants) were not known. This has given rise to many theories suggesting that members of the imperial family might well have survived, and even left Russia. It is believed that virtually all the Romanov bodies were recovered in the USSR in July, 1991, by the rapidly collapsing Soviet Authorities, but some dispute these findings, stating that it is premised upon skull reconstruction, and not decisive DNA testing, although investigations were ongoing even in modern (capitalist) Russia up until 2011.  Of course, the hypocritical Russian Orthodox Church ‘Canonised’ the Romanov imperial family. Even in modern Russia, that has allowed the full Soviet Archives to be open to public scrutiny, no documentation has been found linking VI Lenin (or the Central Government) directly to the execution of the Romanov family. This means that the anti-Soviet viewpoints of bourgeois Western commentators is not true, as there are no Russian-language references to substantiate this view. In modern bourgeois Russia, the Romanov family are treated as heroes yet again, and their centuries of despotic rule of Russia is treated with a measured collective amnesia.

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