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One enduring legends from the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 was that some of the Czar Nicholas II's children may have survived.  Rumors that Alexei and Maria might have escaped still circulate. And several women have claimed to be Anastasia, the youngest Romanov.  But new DNA testing of remains shows that all perished at the hands of the revolutionaries.

The Romanov family, the last Russian monarchy, was executed in 1918 by Bolsheviks in the basement of a home in Yekaterinburg, about 900 miles (1,448 kilometers) east of Moscow.
Nicholas had already abdicated the throne in 1917 at the time of the Russian Revolution and was living in Tobolsk under guard until the Bolsheviks decided to move them to Yekaterinburg.

The remains of the family were discovered in 1991, during the last days of the Soviet Union. In 1998, those remains -- of Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, and three daughters -- were interred in a cathedral in St. Petersburg that contains the crypts of other Russian royalty.

 At the time, many thought that Alexei and Maria might have escaped -- leading to hopes among royal supporters that one or both Romanovs were still alive. But clues left by one of the family's assassins led investigators to the grave where the remains of Alexei and Maria were unearthed in 2007.

Damaged and burnt remains were found in the Romanov family's makeshift grave outside the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia, in 2007. The results of the DNA analysis were published  in the scientific journal PloS One.

In 2008, scientists used bone and tooth fragments to identify the remains as those of the two missing children of Czar Nicholas II: 13-year-old Crown Prince Alexei, the emperor's only son and heir to the throne, and his sister Grand Duchess Maria, about 19. | Forum