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Today in 1917 – Last Tsar of Russia Abdicates

15. March 2010 by Admin 0 Comments

93 years ago, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne of Russia and was the last Tsar and of the Romanov dynasty.  Nicknamed “Nicholas the Bloody”, critics blame him for the demise of the Russian Empire from great economic power to an economic and military failure, starting with the Russo-Japanase War in 1904 (which Russia lost due to Nicholas’ poor management) to the approval to have Russia enter World War I.

Following the February Revolution of 1917, Nicholas II and his family become prisoners at several government domiciles, eventually meeting their death at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg at the hand of the Bolshevik Cheka secret police in 1918. This action led to the canonization of Nicholas II, his wife and their children as martyrs.

For more details about Nicholas II’s reign and fall, click here.