Leonid Sednev

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Leonid Ivanovich Sednev
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Leonid Sednev circa 1917
Born 1903
Died 1941 or 1942
Occupation chef's assistant
Relatives Ivan Dmitriyevich Sednev

Leonid Ivanovich Sednev (Russian: Леонид Иванович Седнев) (1903 – 1941 or 1942[1]) was a chef's assistant who, together with his uncle Ivan Dmitriyevich Sednev,[2] served former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and his family during their exile in Siberian villages of Tobolsk and Yekaterinburg from 1917 to 1918.[3] Six hours before the shooting of the Imperial family and their four retainers in the cellar of the Ipatiev House on the night of July 16/17, 1918 Sednev was taken to a neighboring house,[4] where he was held until July 20.[citation needed] Officials from the Ural Regional Soviet then shipped him off to live with relatives in Kaluga.[5]

Sednev is alleged to have written a brief set of memoirs of his time in the Ipatiev House, though its existence is disputed.[citation needed].

On October 1, 2008 the Presidium of the Russian Supreme Court approved a petition to recognize the Imperial Family and many of their servants, including Sednev, as victims of political repression.[6] However, of those listed on the original petition only Nicholas, his wife and their five children received mention in the verdict.[3]

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • Leonid serves as the narrator in the novel The Kitchen Boy, giving his account of the last days of the Romanovs.[7]

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Rappaport (2014), p. 378
  2. ^ King and Wilson (2011), p. 60
  3. ^ a b Aksyuchits, Victor (12 January 2008). "On the Rehabiliation of Tsar Nicholas II and His Family". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  4. ^ King and Wilson (2011), p. 66
  5. ^ King and Wilson (2003), p. 4
  6. ^ "The Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation (RF) has Approved the Motion of the Head of the Russian Imperial House for the Rehabilitation of the Repressed Faithful Servants of the Royal Family and of Other Members of the House of Romanoff". Российский Императорский Дом. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Alexander, Robert. "The Kitchen Boy". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 


  • Rappaport, Helen (2014) The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9781250020208
  • King, Greg and Wilson, Penny (2003) The Fate of the Romanovs. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-20768-3
  • King, Greg and Wilson, Penny (2011) The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-44498-6