Tens of Thousands March 90 Years After Tsar's Death

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Tens of thousands of Russians commemorated the 90th anniversary of the slaying of the country's royal family with a religious procession Thursday, starting out before dawn from the site where the last tsar and his wife and children were gunned down in a basement room.

Pilgrims from across the country have flocked to the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg to commemorate the death of the Tsar Nicholas II and his family, whose murder months after the Bolshevik Revolution helped usher in seven decades of Communist rule.

Many made their way from a church built on the site of the house where the family was secretly shot to death by a Bolshevik firing squad in the early hours of July 17, 1918, to a wooded area where their bodies were deposited. It is now home to a church and memorials.

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