Bolshevik functionaries killed Michael Alexandrovich in the course of attempting to exterminate the Romanovs. The best source material, both archival from Russia and elsewhere, seems to indicate that Michael was killed in the outskirts of Perm on June of 12, 1918. The order to execute him appears to have been given by the Perm Cheka, though responsibility is clouded by the conflicting statements of the men involved. The Ural Regional Soviet at Yekaterinburg and the Bolshevik leadership in Moscow would not admit having any hand in the murder, but each had good reason for pleading ignorance; each endorsed it afterwards and both conspired in the cover-up.
The Bolshevik regime purportedly shot Michael as a test and floated rumours of his execution in the West -- to see exactly what reaction would come from the Romanovs' relatives, most specifically from King George V of the United Kingdom. Substantial documentation suggests that the King's silence on the issue, and that of the British government of David Lloyd George, convinced the Soviets that they could then shoot other members of the Imperial Family without fear of retribution.
Virtual Museum of Michael Romanov in Perm with information about his last days in Perm " class="external">http://www.permonline.ru/~museum/romanov/
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