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The Final Chapter / Did Nicholas beg to abdicate?
« on: May 28, 2004, 09:37:55 PM »
I've read that Nicholas begged his father to be allowed to abdicate. Has anyone else read any more information that supports this rumor? I also read that the dowager empress tried to force Nicholas to abdicate in favor of his brother, Mikhail.  

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The Final Chapter / Were the Grand Duchesses raped?
« on: May 10, 2004, 11:52:58 PM »
This is a thought that I just haven't been able to get out of my head. In King and Wilson's Fate of the Romanovs, there is an account on page 140-141 by Gibbes about the Grand Duchesses on Rus. . .  

"The abuse reached a crescendo as the night wore on. Gibbes, locked away in his cabin, listened helplessly, as he later told his son George, as the drunken guards harassed the Grand Duchesses. 'It was dreadful, what they did,' the former tutor recalled. The 'terrified screams' of the girls, Gibbes said, haunted him 'to the end of his life.'"

I refuse to believe that the girls were raped. I think that the guards probably tried to touch them, but I couldn't imagine them actually being raped.  I felt so sympathetic towards them after reading those pages  :-/

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