APRIL 1918

The exhibits for this month look first at the Volunteer Army, a White force fighting in the south of Russia.  Its commander-in-chief, Lavr Kornilov, was killed in April 1918, and a book praising this controversial figure is the first exhibit.  It is followed by a Soviet propaganda cartoon about his similarly contentious successor, Anton Denikin.  The fateful move of Nicholas II and his family to Ekaterinburg is then explored with two exhibits: a portrait of the Tsar and a postcard of the house in which the family lived and died.  The spread of the revolution and the civil war to the furthest eastern reaches of the old Russian Empire is the next topic, and then the April 1918 section ends on the formal consolidation of the pro-Soviet Latvian Rifleman.

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