The last days of the Romanovs

King George V has long stood accused of withdrawing an offer of asylum to Tsar Nicholas II, and abandoning him to his dreadful fate 100 years ago. It’s an alluring theory, but does it stand up to scrutiny? Could the British really have saved the Romanovs? Helen Rappaport explores

Happier days: The tsar and his family pose for a portrait in c1910, years before he was swept from power and murdered. Maria, Olga and Tatiana (left to right) are at the back. Alexandra and Nicholas are seated with Alexey at their feet. Anastasia is far right. (Photo by Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

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