Exactly eighty years after Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolshevik troops on July 17, 1918, their remains were buried in an official state funeral in St. Petersburg, the old imperial capital. The remains of the Romanovs had been discovered in Yekaterinburg almost twenty years earlier, under railroad ties on a country road where they had been hidden by their assassins. Their whereabouts were kept secret until 1991 when tests were ordered to authenticate the bones. Six years of examination and DNA- testing established the remains as those of the last imperial family. Thousands of Russians paid tribute to the Romanovs in Yekaterinburg where their bones were put on display.
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