Tsarina Alexandra

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Tsarina Alexandra was the wife of Czar Nicholas II. She lived from June 6, 1872 to July 16, 1918.

When World War I broke out, Nicholas moved to the front lines and left Alexandra in charge of Russia. Alexandra was distracted from ruling the country, however, when her son, Alexis developed a hemophilia. The only one who was able to help Alexis was a peasant-turned-monk named Rasputin. Alexandra increasingly relied on Rasputin, who took advantage of her trust by granting positions to his friends and causing everyone to fear him. Alexandra's misrule set the stage for the collapse of the imperial government in the March Revolution. In 1918, the Czarina and her husband and children were shot and hacked to death by communists who were led by Yakov Yurovsky.