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07/17/1998

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Yekaterinburg Harbors Ghosts of Tsar's Death

YEKATERINBURG, Ural Mountains -- The remains of the last Russian tsar, his wife and three of their five children were flown from Yekaterinburg to St. Petersburg on Thursday, but the memory of their brutal death 80 years ago will forever stay in this industrial city on the border of European Russia and Siberia. When the Bolsheviks turned the house of a local engineer called Ipatiev into a prison for the royal family in 1918, they put up a wooden fence around it. It was there that the tsar and his family were shot. The house was demolished in 1977 on the orders of Boris Yeltsin, then local Communist Party secretary. Authorities wanted to destroy the site because it had become a place of clandestine pilgrimage in defiance of communist ideology. Today the site is still surrounded by a tall fence, albeit a concrete one. This time, it is a construction site. The Orthodox Church has just erected a new bronze memorial cross in front of a wooden chapel that marks the site of the murder.

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