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Lives lost: Russia’s last royal family in pictures

July 17 marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of the Russian royal family, one of the most shocking events in 20th century history

Overnight from July 16 to July 17, 1918, the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his family and their closest assistants were executed by a firing squad in the basement of the house that had belonged to mining engineer Nikolai Ipatyev in Yekaterinburg. The life of last Russian royal family is chronicled in this photo gallery by TASS.