If the Revolution of 1917 had not happened?

Last czar was victim of Soviets, court rules

Christian Lowe, Reuters Published: Thursday, October 02, 2008

Russia's Supreme Court ordered yesterday that Czar Nicholas II be recognized as a victim of Soviet repression, a symbolic victory for monarchists who said it would help draw a line under Russia's blood-stained past.

The last czar, his wife and five children were killed by a Bolshevik revolutionary firing squad in 1918, but unlike many of the tens of millions of others who suffered Soviet persecution, they have never been officially recognized as victims.

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a legal technicality prevented the royal family from being granted the status of victims of repression: they had never been accused of any crime, so it was impossible to rescind the accusation.

But yesterday, the Supreme Court, hearing an appeal lodged by a lawyer acting for descendants of Russia's Romanov imperial line, overturned its ruling, said Pavel Odintsov, a spokesman for the court.

"The presidium of the Supreme Court determined that ... (Czar Nicholas and his family) be recognized as groundlessly repressed and that they are to be rehabilitated," said Odintsov. "This decision is final."

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