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The House Of Special Purpose

16 July 2013 @ 19:29

[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I originally ran a three years ago]

This is the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia…

It was code-named The House Of Special Purpose by the Bolsheviks.  Lenin ordered that Nicholas II, ex-Tsar of all the Russias, and his family be imprisoned there, but that was not the ‘special’ purpose.  This is the Tsar and his family:

Parents: Nicholas, Alexandra
Children [in birth order]: Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Alexis

On the night/morning of 16/17 July 1918, the family was awakened, told to dress quickly as they would have to leave in a hurry, ushered into a basement room, and were murdered by a bunch of local Bolsheviks.  From Wikipedia:

Around midnight Yakov Yurovsky, the superintendent of The House of Special Purpose, ordered the Romanovs’ physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes. The Romanovs were then ordered into a 6×5 meter semi-basement room. Nicholas asked if he could bring two chairs for himself and his wife. A firing squad appeared next and Yurovsky announced:

“ Nikolai Aleksandrovich, your relatives have tried to save you, but they had not to. And we are forced to shoot you by ourselves… ”

Yurovsky then began to read the decision of the Ural Executive Committee (Uralispolkom), and Nicholas said “What?” As the weapons were raised, the Empress and the Grand Duchess Olga, according to a guard’s reminiscence, had tried to cross themselves, but failed amid the shooting. Yurovsky reportedly raised his gun at Nicholas and fired; Nicholas fell dead instantly. The other executioners then began shooting until all the intended victims had fallen. Several more shots were fired at the victims and the doors opened to scatter the smoke. Some survived the gunshots, so executioner P.Z. Yermakov stabbed them with bayonets because the shouts could be heard outside. The last ones to die were Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria, who were wearing several pounds (over 1.3 kilograms) of diamonds within their clothing, thus rendering them bullet-proof to an extent. However they were speared with bayonets as well. Olga sustained a gun shot wound to the head while Anastasia and Maria were said to have crouched up against a wall covering their heads in terror until Maria was shot down, and Anastasia had been finished off with the bayonets. Yurovsky himself killed Tatiana and Alexei. Tatiana died from a single bullet through the back of her head. Alexei received two bullets to the head, right behind the ear. Anna Demidova, Alexandra’s maid, survived the initial onslaught but was quickly murdered against the back wall of the basement, stabbed to death while trying to defend herself with a small pillow she had carried into the sub-basement that was filled with precious gems and jewels. Military commissar Peter Ermakov, in a drunken haze, stabbed at the dead bodies of the former Czar and Czarina, shattering both their rib cages in a pool of blood.

The bodies were then loaded into trucks, taken into the woods, desecrated, and buried.

This is the room where they were slaughtered in the name of Leftism:

This brutal murder of a whole family was certainly not the first, nor would it be the last, such action perpetrated by Leftists in their various ‘glorious’ marches to bring about Heaven on Earth [hundreds of millions of souls cry-out to us], but in it, in this one action, is to be found the ultimate representation of where Leftism will always lead: to the slaughter of innocent human beings in the name of ideas — ideology.  Logic dictates that there can be no other end.

As long as Leftism is allowed to thrive, to just exist, then the Olga’s, Maria’s, Tatiana’s, Anastasia’s, and Alexis’s of this world are not safe from the barrels of Bolshevik guns.  If the Leftists were to control the world, they would turn the whole of it into a House Of Special Purpose.

SIDENOTE: The whole family have been declared Saints by the Russian Orthodox Church…they are certainly Martyrs of Freedom…

Requiescat in pace


In view of the tens of thousands of lives which the Cheka would claim in the years that followed the Ekaterinburg tragedy, and the millions killed by its successors, the death at its hands of eleven prisoners hardly qualifies as an event of extraordinary magnitude. And yet, there is a deep symbolic meaning to the massacre of the ex-Tsar, his family, and staff. Just as liberty has its great historic days —the battles of Lexington and Concord, the storming of the Bastille—so does totalitarianism. The manner in which the massacre was prepared and carried out, at first denied and then justified, has something uniquely odious about it, something that radically distinguishes it from previous acts of regicide and brands it as a prelude to twentieth-century mass murder.

When a government arrogates to itself the power to kill people, not because of what they had done or even might do, but because their death is “needed,” we are entering an entirely new moral realm. Here lies the symbolic significance of the events that occurred in Ekaterinburg in the night of July 16–17. The massacre, by secret order of the government, of a family that for all its Imperial background was remarkably commonplace, guilty of nothing, desiring only to be allowed to live in peace, carried mankind for the first time across the threshold of deliberate genocide. The same reasoning that had led the Bolsheviks to condemn them to death would later be applied in Russia and elsewhere to millions of nameless beings who happened to stand in the way of one or another design for a new world order.

—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 17.

  1. indyjonesouthere permalink
    16 July 2013 @ 21:19 21:19

    Every time I hear “new world order” or “1000 points of light” I realize the evil bastards in this world would not hesitate to repeat the behavior found at the house of special purpose.

    • buzz permalink
      17 July 2013 @ 21:14 21:14

      that makes absolutely zero sense. I dont think you grasp the meaning of this story.

      • willem permalink
        18 July 2013 @ 00:27 00:27

        “When a government arrogates to itself the power to kill people, not because of what they had done or even might do, but because their death is “needed,” we are entering an entirely new moral realm.”

        Even the Travon Martin trial has ‘progressive’ lawyers crowing on national television that they are to be “social engineers” of our living Constitution. They have been inculcated in this same hubris, and they intend to rule.

        They intend to see “necessary” and “needed” things are done. The premature death of reactionaries under Obamacare for one.

        What do you think “social justice” means? They are supremacists, not citizen mutualists.

  2. M. Thompson permalink
    16 July 2013 @ 21:41 21:41

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

  3. Ernst Schreiber permalink
    17 July 2013 @ 01:55 01:55

    This brutal murder of a whole family was certainly not the first, nor would it be the last, such action perpetrated by Leftists in their various ‘glorious’ marches to bring about Heaven on Earth [hundreds of millions of souls cry-out to us], but in it, in this one action, is to be found the ultimate representation of where Leftism will always lead: to the slaughter of innocent human beings in the name of ideas — ideology. Logic dictates that there can be no other end.

    After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

    If you can think of a better explaination of why all utopian projects are doomed to fail in blood and misery, I would dearly love to hear it.

    • 17 July 2013 @ 21:28 21:28

      Ah, but it hasn’t ended. It’s just that you’re time-blind and you’ve missed something very important. Again.

    • happyfeet permalink
      17 July 2013 @ 21:28 21:28

      one explanation of why all utopian projects are doomed to fail in blood and misery might could just be poor planning and an inattention to detail

      • Plausible Deniability permalink
        18 July 2013 @ 00:29 00:29

        The deaths of the non-compliant is always part of the plan for these utopia projects.

        If there is poor planning or inattention to detail involved, it is to not kill those that would eventually rise up against the revolutionaries soon enough.

        • 18 July 2013 @ 20:33 20:33

          One fact Richard Pipes points out in the magesterial work I quoted from is that the Left always kills their own first [ex: the Bolsheviks eliminated many of the Mensheviks] before they turn their guns on the Right, and they so this for the reason you cite.

          I look at this fact as a glass-half-full scenario for the Right: if the Revolution suceeds, we’ll have some time to regroup while the rat bastards take care of their own first.

      • Eric Anderson permalink
        18 July 2013 @ 07:08 07:08

        This sounds like a variation of the “communism (or socialism) has failed because it has never been done correctly” argument.

        • 18 July 2013 @ 20:29 20:29

          If you’re a regular reader of the Comments at Protein Wisdom then you know Happy has brain damage.

  4. jerry d permalink
    17 July 2013 @ 22:23 22:23

    Quote **you are time blind**
    Pabarge gets my three Internet points. May the NSA be with you.
    at a time when those elected for the people are near recording, google earth style, all our financial transactions and the media smiles over it I am reminded of the stupid. A mark on you forehead or arm where you can’t trade unless you have it.

    Never would I think it was possible, at least in our time. Never would I have thought the blacks of the US would clammer for it. It is a remarkable coalition these blacks and progressives, but they can’t stop what is rolling. And there is the link to the above story if you are still wondering WTF.

    All bow to the new order, or pay the cost. Hello Hitler’s youth.

  5. Harry permalink
    17 July 2013 @ 22:46 22:46

    Remember the killing fields of Cambodia

  6. 18 July 2013 @ 01:39 01:39

    What happened to the Romanov family was despicable. They certainly weren’t the only ones to be executed. A celebrated (and enormously talented) Soviet children’s writer Arkadi Gaidar (his grandson was a one-time Russia’s economic minister) probably executed White Army officers. I loved Gaidar’s books, although I knew precious little about him.
    However, Romanovs were certainly no freedom lovers, and in 1917 Russian empire was rotting. There were the pogroms, Bloody Sunday of 1905, one lost war (with Japan) and another unpopular war, prohibition and starvation, to name but a few issues. Serfs were freed a generation ago, but Russia was hardly a functioning democracy. It’s just that more enlightened revolutionaries of the Provisional government didn’t execute the royal family (although they did evacuate them to the Ural mountains, ostensibly to get them away from political theater).

  7. 18 July 2013 @ 15:03 15:03

    The fundamental problem is that human invented ideology is not divine. It’s at best an imperfect approximation of the divine plan for life and something that only has value because the approximation is fairly easy to understand and promotes a closer following of God’s plan. What God wants is both hard to understand and difficult to follow through on (due to our fallen nature).

    When ideology varies from what God wants, inevitably bad consequences ensue and human beings who have bought into the ideology have two choices:
    1. go back to the drawing board to tweak the ideology to a better approximation of what it should be.
    2. kill people until the critique of the ideology stops.

    Both communism and naziism choose option 2 which both serves to lessen criticism and to distract people into a worrying about the details of the killing and how they can personally avoid the human meat grinder that the state has turned into instead of the normal business of politics. The reason that these two ideologies inevitably choose option 2 is that they are such fundamental failures at basic features of a political ideology that if the people were to go through the introspection necessary to go back to the drawing board and tweak, they would be tremendously outraged and tar and feathers would be the best that the nazis/communists could hope for. So in order to avoid a beating at best, or more likely a hanging party, they start killing others early and often.

    This isn’t to say that the choice is only done by communism and nazism. Every spectacularly failed ideology has killing as an option to giving up the political battle. It’s why the procedural safeguards for peacefully transferring power after free elections are so important. They preclude option 2 and the body count that goes with it.

  8. 18 July 2013 @ 20:38 20:38

    Thank you for the mention / link.


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