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Brent King The Bolsheviks were afraid that the royal family would be rescued by the approaching White Army (anti-communist forces). This was unacceptable to the Bolsheviks because the tsar or any of his surviving family members would provide a beacon to rally support to the White cause. Also, the tsar (or any of his family members if the tsar were dead) would be considered the legitimate ruler of Russia by European nations. This would have given the White cause greater negotiating power for foreign intervention against the communists.
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