Russia. No. 1 (1919). - 9. Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour.


Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour. ―- (Received November 5).

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, November 4, 1918.

FOLLOWING from Consul at Ekaterinburg, 28th October :―

"Regret to report I am informed by Russian staff that when Alapaevsk was taken by Russian troops on 29th September corpses, sufficiently preserved to be recognised, of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, and of three Royal Princes John, Constantin, and Igor Constantinovitch, and also that of Grand Duke Serge Michaelovitch, and lady–in-waiting, name yet unknown, were found in mine pit in which they had been thrown, presumably alive, bombs being thrown on them which did not effectually explode. All were buried with ceremonial, large crowds attending. Princess Helene of Serbia, believed to be at Perm, where she was taken by Bolsheviks with Serbian mission, when Bolsheviks evacuated Ekaterinburg. Making thorough investigation."