PROLOGUE

The entire Romanov family, along with Dr. Eugene Botkin were murdered at Ekaterinburg on July 17, 1918. The families bodies, which were buried near the Ipatiev house, were discovered in 1979. Czarevich Alexei and grand duchess Anastasia were buried 70 miles away for unknown reasons. Their bodies were discovered in 2007. Nicholas, Alexandra, and their children were canonized as passion bearers by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1981.

The Russian civil war ended in 1920 with the victory of the Red army and the securing of what would become the USSR. The Soviet Union would become the world's number 2 superpower behind the United States, The USSR was dissolved in 1991 after Premier Mikhail Gorbachev resigned.

Vladimir Lenin led the Soviet Union until his death in January 21, 1924.

Leon Trotsky was removed from power by Josef Stalin and exiled from Russia. He was assassinated by a Stalinist agent in Mexico City on August 21, 1940.

Boris Ravtopulo survived Ekaterinburg and went on to serve and survive 2 separate terms in Stalin's gulag. He died of alcohol poisoning in 1953.

The last confirmed report on Dmitri Shayk-Bagov states that he was leading a unit of White soliders against the Red army in the Southern Caucuses in the fall of 1920. The date, location, and circumstances of Dmitri's death, as well as the final resting place of his remains are unknown.

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