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The Escape of Alexei, Son of Tsar Nicholas II: What Happened the Night the Romanov Family Was Executed

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Vasily Filatov, a village teacher who lived under the harsh control of the Soviet Union, professed to have had knowledge of the private life of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and of details surrounding their massacre in 1918, following the Russian Revolution. In the 1980s, when Soviet archives were opened to the public during perestroika, they were found to verify ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by ABRAMS
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Maryse
Jul 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history and mystery buffs
The mystery of "Anastasia" has always intrigued me, but in this book it proposes that it was not only Anastasia (or any one of the sisters) that had managed to escape that night, but also the Tsaverich Alexei. It is easy to dismiss this as just another Romanov wanna-be, but the striking similarity in the appearances of the two families are rather intriguing. This, added to the fact that their father never actually claimed to be a Romanov (unlike the others), instead it was the children, piecing ...more
Sandy
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the account of what could have been an alternative ending in the killings of the Romonov family in Russia in 1918. With lots of supporting documents and pictures it makes the case for Alexei, the youngest child of Tsar Nicholas II to have survived the shootings of his family and to have changed his name to Vasily Filatov. While none of us will even know what really happened that night, there is a great resemblance between members of Vasily family and the Imperial family and some ...more
Dolly
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who enjoy conspiracy theories
Likes: Depiction of Romanov family tree, Romanov family pictures.

Dislikes: no actual proof of Vasily's connection, fictional tale of what could have happened wrapped around a nonfiction story of the execution of the family.

Did not finish, but got enough of the narrative to see where the fact of the Tsarevich's life and the fact of Mr. Filatov's life are merged through fiction to livenk them together as one person.

The claim is debunked here .
Caitlin
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone who believed Alexei survived the murder of his family
Recommended to Caitlin by: found it at the library
Although the photo comparasions are amazing, the logic and chance of the possibilty of Alexei surving is slim. Still anything is possible. It's noted that Alexei was purposely kept alive and spared, but I don't buy into that too much. Again, anything is possible.
Denise Lowe
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: european-history
Interesting theory positing that Alexei Romanov, heir to the throne of the Russian Empire, escaped the mass execution of his family by the Bolsheviks.
Amanda Edwards
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some good historical documents. But we know how this story ends. They all died.
Teresa Sogard robarge
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was hard to read now knowing that the two "missing Romanovs's remains have been found and positively identified.
Maggie
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book. Everything is presented in such a convincing manner. Even if it isn't real...it is intriguing to think it is.
Roberta
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Less than totally convincing.
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