The gossip of the time speculated that Rasputin was having sex with the tsarina and her daughters.
Occasionally the tsarina would throw hot water over Anna for sheer spite.
Ghosts of Tsar and tsarina are crying pitifully from Siberian dust.
Then the tsarina told Ivan Tsarevich that a spirit would soon appear, and bade him hide himself in the folds of her cloak.
He immediately called the tsarina and pointed out to her what he saw.
He was a near kinsman of the tsarina and so, more than any, was interested in the welfare of Dmitri.
The tsarina endeavoured to stop each one in turn, but in vain.
And the tsarina replied: “My dear husband, it is impossible to give them up.”
Meantime he amused the tsarina by unpacking the wares and making her various presents.
Meanwhile the tsarina Anastasia had a brave little son; her father was greatly rejoiced, and gave him the name of Yaroslav.
A female czar: The AIDS czar or czarina will probably work out of the White House (1990s+)