Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia Biography
(Tsarevich of Russia)
Birthday: August 12, 1904 (Leo)
Born In: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Alexei Nikolaevich was the Tsarevich of Russia who was executed along with his family in 1918. He was born in the beginning of the twentieth century in St. Petersburg to Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia. His birth, which was long awaited by the nation, was celebrated with revelry across Russia and was marked by granting of amnesties, shorter prison sentences, medals and cash prizes. However, all the happiness evaporated, when at the age of two months, he was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition hemophilia B, a disease that leads to uncontrolled bleeding. Although he was looked after very carefully, he often met with accidents due to normal childhood activities, causing him a lot of pain and suffering. One such life-threatening episode at the age of eight led the concerned Tsarina to contact the mystic healer Rasputin and he soon became close to the royal family. However, Rasputin’s proximity to the royals also created discontent in the court and finally led to the family’s arrest and execution. Alexei died at the age of thirteen at the hands of the Bolsheviks along with the rest of his family.