Books: Ignoble death

Robert Service explores the final year of the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II.tra

By COLIN SHINDLER
June 1, 2017 19:45
4 minute read.
Last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II

Last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. (photo credit: EARNEST LIPGART)

 
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