Project description

In the early hours of July 17, 1918, Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II and his family were gunned down in the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg.
The Russian Imperial House was far larger than the family of the last Russian monarch. We remember all members of the Romanov family who witnessed the end of the dynasty’s twilight in 1917 – the year that Russia was rocked by revolutions – both those who died a premature, violent death and those who were destined to survive the turmoil. Seventeen members of the imperial family lost their lives during the period of Red Terror, while 45 others found refuge abroad. During the trials and tribulations of their emigration, each of the Romanovs had to move from place to place very often before they found any peace

What makes this project innovative?

The fate of several generations of the Russian Imperial family, caught up in the events of 1917, and their further wanderings around the world can be traced on an interactive map. The years of their lives are marked on the timeline – the earliest character was born in 1847, the most recent one died in 2007. Thus, we can say that the special project indirectly covers 160 years of the history of the House of Romanov.
There is a card about each person in the project and there is a small reference – not so much with his or her biography, but with information about his or her views or hobbies or curiosities that had happened in their lives.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

10,292 pageviews

TASS' Interactive special project ""The Romanovs' Twilight"" has been longlisted at the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.

Source and methodology

There are many sources on the issue, and many of them contradict each other. The history of the House of Romanov has always been shrouded in myths. Therefore, we have quite clearly defined the main authoritative source. Professor Yevgeny Pchelov, a Russian historian and expert on the history of the Romanov dynasty. Dates and locations of the heroes of the special project are collected according to the books and publications of this specialist.

Technologies Used

Javascript, D3.js, Figma

Project members

Project team:
Author: Darya Donina
Editors: Alexander Bychkov, Kristina Nedkova, Valeriya Skuratova, Timur Fekhretdinov
Photo editor: Ilona Gribovskaya
Designer: Gleb Trzhemetskii
Translator: Andrei Starkov
Style editor: Philip Aghion



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