Russians have been flocking to the site where the last Tsar and his family were killed by the Bolsheviks. They are preparing to mark the 90th anniversary of the royal deaths.
Among the pilgrims to Yekaterinburg was one of the surviving members of the Russian Royal family, the Grand Duchess Olga.
The focus of the commemorations is the Church on the Spilt Blood, built on the site where Nicholas II, his wife and five children died facing a firing squad.
In 1991, most of the family’s remains were recovered, but the burial site was missing the Tsar’s son and one of his daughters.
As the anniversary commemorations got underway, scientists confirmed that they have now positively identified the remains of Prince Alexei and Grand Princess Maria Romanova from a second burial site.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many Russian people and the state have taken another look at history, and Tsar Nicholas II currently heads a poll of the greatest ever Russians.