National Geographic : 1992 Oct
A threat to Bolshevism while alive, the tsarevich, Alexis Romanov, endures as a cult fig ure. A makeshift memorial in Yekaterinburg (above) marks the spot where the 13-year-old boy, his parents-Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra-and sisters were killed on July 17, 1918. Some insistAlexis and his youngest sister, Anastasia, seen in 1914 with theirfamily (left), survived the regicide. Histori ans now believe-though it was long denied-that Lenin ordered the massacre to avert revival of the monarchy.