Russia rehabilitates tsarist rebels

Prosecutors in the central Russian region of Nizhny Novgorod have rehabilitated five people who were executed after rising up against the Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918.

The killings of Ivan Mazurin, Vasily Ikonnikov, Fyodor Kalenin, Dmitry Kondratyev and Mikhail Gruzdev were reclassified in line with a Russian law on the rehabilitation of the victims of political repression, the region prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The five men were shot by a firing squad without trial for their “anti-Soviet activities consisting in calling on people to rebel against the Soviet rule,” the statement said.

Thousands of people, including Tsar Nicholas II and his family and other dignitaries, were assassinated in the same manner.

The members of the imperial Romanov family, canonized by the Orthodox Church, were rehabilitated in a Supreme Court ruling in 2008.

MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti)

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