After the February Revolution, the former Emperor Nicholas II and his family were sent into exile in Tobolsk. On August 1, 1917, the royal family arrived by train in Tyumen, and on August 6 - in Tobolsk. The Romanovs were settled in the governor's house, they occupied the entire second floor, a dining room was arranged on the first floor, where servants lived, 45 people arrived in Tobolsk with the royal family.
The time of residence in Tobolsk for the Romanovs was relatively calm: the children were doing lessons, reading, the former emperor was working in his office. Poultry appeared in the "House of Freedom", a pond for ducks was dug. On warm days, the Romanovs liked to sunbathe on the roof of the greenhouse, they were allowed to visit the Annunciation Church. After that, visiting the temple was forbidden, the iconostasis was installed in the Great Hall of the governor's house.
On March 26, 1918, Soviet power was established in Tobolsk. Detachments of Red Guards from Tyumen, Omsk and Yekaterinburg arrived in the city. Each detachment claimed the personal right to protect the royal family. Khokhryakov's detachment from Yekaterinburg was particularly hostile to the Romanovs. The Uralians demanded that the royal family be immediately transferred to prison. The soldiers guarding the governor's house prepared for the worst, machine guns were taken out into the courtyard at night, and the Romanovs were forbidden to approach the windows and sit on the balcony.
On April 13, 1918, Commissar Yakovlev took the former emperor, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna and their daughter Maria out of Tobolsk. The rest of the Romanovs (Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia and Alexey) remained in the city until May 1918.