Circumstances around the Romanov Execution

: July 16, 2018

An important issue around the execution of the Imperial Family (of which today is the anniversary) is whether it was ordered out by local people around the Ural area or by the orders of an important Bolshevik figure (Such as Stalin, Lenin and “Trotsky”).  At the time Trotsky was important, even though criticisms can be made about him later.

The sources seem to be at a stalemate.   Some people claim they can prove that Lenin ordered the execution of the entire family (they cannot prove this), other people are unsure and hedge and others claim to know that it is impossible that Lenin ordered the killing and claim that Lenin instead wanted to have a trial for only Nicholas and not his family.

I cannot claim for one hundred percent that Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky were not involved.   However, I can make reasonable arguments which cast doubt on their involvement and expose that the case against them is not strong.

  1. It seems clear that Trotsky and Stalin at the time “reported to” Lenin as opposed to the other way around.   It is therefore unlikely that Trotsky or Stalin would have ordered the killing formally and in terms of informal involvement, they were not physically present at the scene.  Therefore, we can claim that it is illogical to suspect that Trotsky or Stalin did it on their own without Lenin.  This does not absolve Lenin, but exposes the weak logic regarding the other two.
  2. Lenin had no incentive to kill the children.   Lenin had every incentive to want a trial, but even if he reneged on that belief and supported killing Tzar Nicholas, the children did not possess the ability to command an army or overthrow him.  It seems much more like a rushed decision by local people who were concerned that their local town was about to be conquered by the White Army.  Local natives were tired of the Tzar and not organized enough in their own ranks to save the rest of the family.  In short, “the mob” acted.
  3. In a court of law, there is something known as hearsay.  Until there is evidence implicating Lenin, Stalin or Trotsky, verbal and written opinions are just hearsay.   Therefore, there is no need for a defense because the other side has not been able to mount a successful “offense” to have to be defended.


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