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Did Anastasia survive the massacre of the Russian royal family?
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  1. At the start of the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks assassinated the entire Russian Royal family - so they believed. Rumors quickly started that the youngest daughter, Anastasia Romanov, was not killed. This rumor led to a number of women claiming to be the lost Russian princess. One claim, made by a woman named Anna Anderson, was thought particularly credible for some time. She was believed by some to be Anastasia because there was a vague physical resemblance, because she seemed to have particular knowledge of Romanov family life and the court, and because a few relatives and acquaintances of Anastasia believed her story. Most people who had known the real Anastasia, however, did not believe Anderson, and when she filed legal suit to claim royal family inheritance, she lost her case. However, she never stopped claiming to be Anastasia, even up to her death in 1984. In 2009, experts finally confirmed the remains of the entire Russian royal family. There were no survivors.

     

    Anastasia Romanov
    Anastasia Romanov probably was 13 years old when this photo was taken in about 1914, four years before she died in the massacre of her family. (J. Windhager/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

     

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