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Anastasia was born in Russia in June 1901. She was the youngest daughter of the Tsar and his wife, Nicholas and Alexandra.
Anastasia shared a room with her sister Maria and was not allowed contact with the outside world. The children were educated at home and Anastasia could speak Russian and English.
Anastasia's mother was desperate to find a cure for her only son, Alexei who suffered from a disease of the blood called haemophilia. She made contact with the Holy Man, Rasputin, who was supposed to be able to work miracles. The Russian people did not know that Alexei was sick and were critical of the amount of influence he had on the Royal family. They killed Rasputin by poisoning, shooting and drowning.
In 1917 there were riots in Russia. The government was overthrown and Nicholas was forced to abdicate. The family were taken prisoner and were moved to Siberia.
On July 16th 1918, the family were woken up and were taken to a cellar. They believed that they were going to be photographed. Suddenly, armed guards burst into the room and began firing. Bullets bounced around the room because diamonds had been sewn into their dresses.
The bodies of the royal family were buried in a pit. Some years later they were found. Two bodies were missing… .