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The dynasty of Romanov started in February 1613 and lasted precisely 304 years Nicholas II ascended the throne of Russia with his new wife Alexandra Feodorovna in 1894 the new Czar and Czarina were 26 and 22 Most European nations had developed their technology slowly and consequently the people had time to adjust to it Russia enjoyed no such breathing space A backward and ignorant people were faced with twentieth century opportunities and problems without the means to cope with them A working class was suddenly created While thousands of jobs were created the necessary and safe conditions - did not exist This resulted in worker unrest and with it the revolution would follow A World War had begun in 1914 St Petersburg was renamed Petrograd Nicholas and Alexei moved to Army Headquarters in Mogilev Czarina began working as a Red Cross nurse with her two eldest daughters Olga and Tatiana On March 15 1917 Nicholas was forced to abdicate He and his family were placed in the Ipatiev house Here the realities of imprisonment were clearly shown The guards were often drunk and disorderly and made every day a living hell Many of these guards had criminal records and would do many things to persecute their prisoners The windows of the Ipatiev house were locked and whitewashed while men with machine guns patrolled the outside The Imperial family ate whatever had been left over by the Bolsheviks the previous day and on some days the food did not arrive at all As Nicholas wrote Life here is nothing - eternity is everything and what we are doing is preparing our souls for the Kingdom of Heaven Thus nothing after all is terrible and if they do take everything from us they cannot take our souls Have patience and these days of suffering will end I cannot write all that fills my soul we live here on
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