June 5, 2014 the exhibition Death of the Family of Nicholas II: A Century-Long Investigation, organized by the State Archive of the Russian Federation, opened in St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Fortress. The exhibition details the history of execution of the Royal Family near Yekaterinburg in 1918, the events leading up to this tragedy, the investigation of the murder of 1918 and 1990s, and the process of identification of the remains found in Yekaterinburg.
The exhibition presents over 300 pieces: archival documents, photographs, family icons, and personal belongings of the Royal Family and their attendants. The artifacts have been gathered from Russian institutions – the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History, the Russian State Archive of Cinema, the State Museum-Preserve “Tsarskoye Selo” – as well as from abroad: Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary in Jordanville, NY, and the personal collection of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.
The exhibition includes unique historical documents – acts of the abdication of Nicholas II from the throne, the journal of the Provisional Government of meetings with the decision to arrest him, the aide-memoire of the British Embassy in Petrograd from 11/24 March 1917 with a discussion of the possibility of sending the Royal Family to England. Amateur photos of Grand Duchess Anastasia speak of the everyday life of the Imperial Family after their arrest. Visitors are also presented with audio recordings of the family’s executioners, as well as documentation collected in Russia and published abroad by investigator Nikolai Sokolov, such as interrogation reports and photographs of evidence.