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I agree.  Because the bodies of Alexei and one of the girls were never found.  

Rasputin / Rasputin's Murder
« on: January 28, 2004, 09:24:06 PM »
Rasputin's murder was very gruesome and strange.  First he was poisoned and he did not die and then he was shot several times but he was still alive and then finally he was thrown in a  freezing river.  His cause of death was drowning.  That means he survived the poison and bullets.  I mean what was he, was he human or something evil.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra and Rasputin
« on: January 28, 2004, 09:09:20 PM »
In my opinion Alexandra had a lot to worry about.  Firstly, she had a weak husband who was also a weak ruler.  Secondly, she had a son, who was heir to the throne but he was sick and would never become Tsar.  Thirdly, she was well aware of how people felt about her.  Fourthy, Rasputin was a great influence on her because he had been able to save Tsarvich Alexei when the doctors failed to do so.  Rasputin did have influence over Alexandra and there is no doubt about that.  But inspite of all this Alexandra was a vulnerable woman and she had to take charge because someone had to take a stand.  Her weakness was her son and Rasputin was hope sent by God, she clinged to Rasputin and believed that he could save her son from death.  But she also feared Rasputin because she became really upset when Rasputin was sent away by the Tsar.  She became desperate because he must have put some negative issues in her mind.  For example in his will it was written that if any one of their relatives were his cause of death then all of them will be killed by the Russian people.  Now Alexandra's reaction at this was, she became hysterical.  She believed in Rasputin with all her heart and this was because of Alexei. Had Alexei been a normal child, there would have been no Rasputin.  Now the general masses were not aware of Alexei's sickness, so they saw Alexandra and Rasputin as partners in crime.  There were very few people who knew about Alexei and Rasputin took advantage of that.

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II - Head of the Romanovs and Family Man
« on: January 28, 2004, 08:50:19 PM »
There is no doubt that Nicholas II was not a man of strong will.  Alexandra on the other hand was a woman of strong ideals and she did boss him around.  But all this did backfire.  I think that Nicholas II was so much in love with her that he just did not stop her and she felt the same way only that she felt insecure.  She felt insecure because of Alexei and also she was an ambitious woman.  The general public was not aware of the sickness of Tsarvich Alexei, this was another point of tension for the empress.  She knew in her heart that her son will not become a Tsar.  People mostly misunderstood her.  She was a very vulnerable woman.  In my opinion she would have made a better monarch than Nicholas.  Everyone in government was aware of Alexandra's influence over the Tsar and this did not in any way favour Nicholas.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personality Traits - Good & Bad
« on: January 28, 2004, 08:35:20 PM »
The reason why people believed that she had an affair with Rasputin was that she was desperate.  She was also a deeply religious woman but she was also feeling very hopeless.  I dont doubt her sincerity to the Tsar.  She was a good wife and an excellent mother.  Why she was desperate? Because of Alexei.  Rasputin was a immoral man and even if she was not alone with him, just being with him was enough.  It did the damage and Alexandra's already weak reputation was further damaged and those who were against her, it gave them another reason to criticize her. Now what i mean by reputation is the general opinion of the masses, they did not respect her because she was German by birth. Though i too believe that she did not have an affair with Rasputin.  Whatever the truth all this did a lot of damage.

Some people believe that Alexei survived and lived in America and even had children.  How much truth is in this school of thought?

Nicholas II / Nicholas II - Head of the Romanovs and Family Man
« on: January 28, 2004, 02:52:49 AM »
Why did Tsar Nicholas II bow down to the wishes of Empress Alexandra?  Why did he not get rid of Rasputin when he knew that he was a threat to the monarchy and his image?

Alexandra Feodorovna / Alexandra's Personality Traits - Good & Bad
« on: January 28, 2004, 02:49:57 AM »
Did Empress Alexandra have an affair with Rasputin?

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: Anna Anderson and Anastasia
« on: January 28, 2004, 02:43:57 AM »
When the Romanov Family was buried the bones of Tsarevich Alexei and Marie Romanov were never found.  Even the Russian Orthodox Church was not convinced that the bones are those of the Tsar and his family.  But the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Russia, Alexei II, had disputed the authenticity of the findings and refused to officiate at the burial.  So the mystery still lives on.  

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Anna Anderson and Anastasia
« on: January 27, 2004, 02:26:02 AM »
Anna Anderson and Anastasia had many similarities.  Eventually through DNA tests it was proven that Anna Anderson was not Anastasia.  Though i believe that the DNA tests could have been manipulated to have the wanted results to prove that Anna Anderson was not Anastasia.  But many supporters of Anna Anderson still believe that she was Anastasia and she had been deprived of her wealth and title.  Many doctors also testified that Anna Anderson and Anastasia were one person.  I believe in my heart that Anna Anderson was Anastasia.  Because she had similar physical traits, she had scars which Anastasia also had.  She knew certain things which she could have only known by having access to the Royal family. What is your opinion?

Well, i also wanted books on the assassination of the Romanovs and on Anastasia.

Can anyone suggest some good books on the Romanovs?

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