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In pictures: Imperial anniversary

A woman holds an icon of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family during a religious procession

Thousands of Orthodox Russians have been remembering the killing of the Russian imperial family 90 years ago.

Bottom row left to right: Princess Olga, Tsar Nicholas II, Princess Anastasia, Prince Alexei and Princess Tatiana. Top row left to right: Princess Maria and Tsarina Alexandra

Tsar Nicholas II was shot with his family by a Bolshevik firing squad in the basement of a building of Yekaterinburg, a year after the 1917 Russian revolution.

Russian Othordox pilgrims march to commemorate the killing of the Russian Imperial family

Thousands of pilgrims walked from Yekaterinburg to Ganina-Yama, some 20km to the north, where the remains of the tsar and his family were buried.

People queue to touch a wooden cross on the spot where the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were thrown after they had been shot

The bodies of the imperial family were initially disposed of down a mineshaft, and a wooden cross now marks the spot.

A woman kisses a portrait of Russian Tsar Nicholas II in front of the Church On The Blood in Yekaterinburg

In Yekaterinburg, a church has been built on the spot where they died.

Russian Orthodox faithful kiss an icon of Russian Tsar Nicholas II

The tsar and his family were canonised by the Russian Orthodox church in 2000.




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