Ivan Kharitonov

Ivan Kharitonov

Ivan Mikhailovich Kharitonov (Russian: Иван Михайлович Харитонов; 1872 – 17 July 1918) was the Head Cook at the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. He followed the Romanov family into internal exile following the Russian Revolution of 1917 and was executed with them by the Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918 at Ekaterinburg.

Like the Romanovs, Kharitonov was canonized as a passion-bearer of alleged "Soviet oppression" by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in 1991.[1]

Kharitonov's wife and daughter followed him into exile at Tobolsk but did not join him when the Bolsheviks moved the prisoners to Ekaterinburg in the spring of 1918.[2]

Kharitonov's grandson attended the funeral held on 17 July 1998 in Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg for his grandfather, the Romanovs, their servants (Anna Demidova and Alexei Trupp), and the other victims who were murdered eighty years before.[3]

See also

  • Romanov sainthood


  1. ^ King, Greg, and Wilson, Penny, The Fate of the Romanovs, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003, pp. 65, 495
  2. ^ King and Wilson, p. 65
  3. ^ "17 July 1998: The funeral of Tsar Nicholas II". romanovfundforrussia.org. 1998. Archived from the original on 29 December 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2007.

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Ivan Kharitonov. Cook for the Russian Tzar Nicolas II. Murdered by communists together with Tzar's family members and other servants in 17th July 1918 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.