St. John the Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos presents The Romanov Royal Martyrs. The Execution of the Romanovs – Part II
Completing our last homage to the Romanov Centennial, we now publish the second and last part of “The Martyrdom”, covering the tragedy in Koptyaki forest. Read the video’s description on YouTube for a full summary of this last tragic, but spiritually glorious chapter.
The Execution of the Romanovs | Part II – Summary
17 July 1918
Around 3.00 am, in the morning of July 17, Yurovsky with his men and Ermakov headed for Koptyaki forest, where a mineshaft was prepared for the disposal of the bodies. When they reached the forest and started unloading the bodies, Ermakov’s men started to ransack the pockets of the victims. Yurovsky threatened he would shoot anyone who stole anything from the bodies.
Yurovsky undressed the bodies and removed all the valuables that were found on them. He then burned the clothes. The men lowered the bodies into the mineshaft, which turned out to be very shallow. They decided to use explosives, so that the inner walls would break and cover up the bodies. It was already daylight. This didn’t work and Yurovsky decided that the bodies should be transferred to another place the following night. He then returned to Ekaterinburg to report to the Soviet.
18 July 1918
Yurovsky returned to the mineshaft around 4:00 am. By morning they had exhumed the bodies from the shaft with the intention of transferring them to a deeper mineshaft. [On the way, the automobile carrying the bodies broke down. The bodies were put on wagons and Yurovsky returned to the town on horseback to bring new automobiles.]* He returned to the forest at 21.30 pm with two trucks. The bodies were loaded on the trucks and headed for the mineshafts. It was after midnight.
19 July 1918
The trucks got stuck again in a swamp. [Yurovsky decided to burn two of the bodies and bury the rest right there. Maria and Alexei were set on fire while a pit was being dug.]* The bodies were then thrown into the pit, smashed and chopped with shovels, and finally doused with sulfuric acid. The pit was covered up, cross ties were laid on top, and the truck drove over it several times to level it. [Near the spot were the bodies of Maria and Alexei were burned, another pit was dug and the remains of the two children were laid in there.]*
*The facts described in the brackets […] are not presented in the video. A full detail account of all the facts is presented in the forthcoming book “The Romanov Royal Martyrs”.
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© St. John the Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos. 13 December 2018