Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaievich (1905-1918), youngest child and only son of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna, formerly Princess Alix of Hesse. Alexei was a bright and perceptive boy but suffered from haemophilia, leading his mother to rely on the holy man Rasputin to keep him alive. Alexei was murdered along with the rest of his family by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg on 17th July 1918. Date: 22nd July 1918
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Prince Felix Youssopoff and his wife Irina
Princess Irina Youssoupoff, niece of Tsar Nicholas II and wife of Felix Youssoupoff drinking tea in her solicitor's office. Prince Felix Youssoupoff came from a wealthy, aristocratic Russian family (1886-1967) and was a distant relative of the Tsar. In 1916, along with four other Russian aristocrats, he was responsible for the murder of Grigori Rasputin, the holy monk who exerted heavy influence on the Imperial couple, particularly the Tsaritsa, Alexandra who believe Rasputin could cure her haemophiliac son, Alexei. Youssopoff's memoirs report on the murder of Rasputin vividly and perhaps exaggeratedly. The Youssopoffs were part of a group of survivors of the imperial family who escaped the Bolsheviks on the HMS Marlborough in 1919. In 1932, MGM produced a film about Rasputin called, 'Rasputin and The Empress'. The script alluded to a sexual liaison between Princess Irina and Rasputin. Youssopoff successfully sued MGM for 25, 000"
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