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Russia rehabilitates tsar's slain younger brother

9th June 2009, Comments0 comments

Mikhail Romanov is believed to have been murdered along with his British secretary Brian Johnson in July 1918 in the central Russian city of Perm by anti-tsarist agents.

Moscow -- State prosecutors on Monday announced the rehabilitation of six members of the imperial Romanov family ousted in the Russian Revolution, including the younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II.

Mikhail Romanov is believed to have been murdered along with his British secretary Brian Johnson in July 1918 in the central Russian city of Perm by anti-tsarist agents.

"The analysis of the archive material shows that these individuals were subject to repression through arrest, exile and scrutiny by the Cheka without being charged of committing concrete class and social-related crimes," the general prosecutors' office said in a statement.

The Cheka was the secret police formed after the overthrow of Nicholas II out of which grew into the Communist NKVD and later the KGB.

Mikhail Romanov is best known for being effectively "Tsar for one day" after Nicholas appointed him his successor after being forced to abdicate in March 1917.

However the next day Mikhail declined to accept the throne following pressure from the revolutionaries.

According to the prosecutors' statement, he was placed under house arrest outside Saint Petersburg in November 1917 before being taken to Perm in March 1918. The statement made no comment on his death.

"This decision (the rehabilitation) has historic significance. This is an important step towards historical justice," German Lukyanov, lawyer of Great Princess Maria Vladimirovna, head of the Russian Imperial House, told the Interfax news agency.

Russia's Supreme Court in October formally rehabilitated the country's last tsar, Nicholas II, declaring that he and his family were unlawfully killed by Soviet authorities.

Also among those rehabilitated in Monday's move was Elizaveta Romanova, the sister of the Tsar's wife Aleksandra Fedorovna Romanova. The others rehabilitated were more minor members of the family.

AFP/Expatica

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