The exhibition Death of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II: A Century-Long Investigation opened at the Center for Traditional Folk Culture of the Middle Urals on June 11. It explores the history of the death of Nicholas II, his family, and their entourage, as well as the nearly century-long investigation of their murder and search for their remains.
This exhibition was first presented in Moscow in 2012. The displayed materials include documents from the 1918 investigation conducted by N.A. Sokolov, the 1978 “secret” archaeological expedition of G.T. Riabov and A.N. Avdonin, investigative materials of the Prosecutor General, the Government Commission on the internment of the remains in 1998, investigative materials from 2007 and, finally, the three volumes of the Regulation on the termination of the criminal case № 18/123666-93 «For the clarification of the death of members of the Russian Imperial House and members of their entourage during 1918-1919, in the Urals and in Petrograd. “
Objects and documents from Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary in Jordanville, NY and the personal collection of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, are on display in Yekaterinburg for the first time. Personal belongings of the Russian Imperial Family – household items, clothing, icons, documents and photos – collected by Investigator N.A. Sokolov as material evidence eventually made their way to the United States, where they have been kept safe for decades. Now, nearly a century after they were collected by Sokolov, these artifacts have returned to Yekaterinburg for the duration of the exhibit. The timing of this is especially significant, as 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the rule of the House of Romanov.