Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov

For years now I've been facsinated by the story of the 'Lost' Dutchess Anastasia, the most enduring and romantice legend of the Russian Revolution. So I've decided to put this fascination into writing.

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova was the youngest daughter of the Tsar of Imperial Russia, Tsar Nicholas II. He was the last sovereign of Imperial Russia. Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandria, had four children; Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and the youngest, a son Aleksey. During the time of hostilities, the Tsar abdicated the throsne in order to prevent a civil war in Russia, this led to the exile of the Russian Royal family, to Siberia, where they where placed under house arrest. On the 17th of July, 1918, the Tsar and his family where murdered in a cellar by members of the Red Guard. It is from this unfortunate event, that the mystery of Anastasia derives, and theories circulated of her escaping the execution... Ironically the name Anastasia means 'she who will rise again'...

Almost immediately after the death of the Russian Royal Family, numerous women (more than 30 are recorded) came forward claiming to be the Grand Dutchess Anastasia. Most notably is Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia up until her death. However, DNA tests have proved that she, along with the other imposters had absolutely nothing to do with the Grand Dutchess.

In 2007, a grave was discovered near the cellar in which the Tsar and his family was murdered, it contained the remains of a teenaged girl and a yooung boy. With the advanceds in science, the DNA retrieved and analysed provided evidence that the bones in the grave are indeed that of Anastasia and her young brother Aleksy. Anastasia was according to scientists, finally found. The bones where buried along with the remains of the rest of Tsar Nicholas II and the rest of the Last of the Russian Royal family. 

Anthony Falsetti of the University of Florida affirms that: "There are still people who are going to want to believe that there were survivors, and God bless them, but I am confident that the royal family has been found, they have been identified and there was no escape, no princess."

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The Grand Dutchess Anastasia Nikolaevna
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