The Holy Royal Martyrs (ROCOR terminolgy)ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š and the Holy Royal PassionBearers (Moscow Patriarchate terminology) for the Romanov Family are indicative of how their Glorification to sainthood are looked at:
The Holy Royal Martyrs title indicates that A God annointed Tsar, his Tsarina and Children were killed by a Godless (read that Satanic) organization that martyred them because they were God's Annointed rulers. attacked His Holy Church, Martyred Bishops, Priests , Religous, and Laity in an attempt to wipe out the Church of God and it influence. Therefore they are Martyrs along with all others who were martyred.
The Holy Royal Passionbearers title indicates that a God Annointed Tsar, his Tsarina and Children soughtÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š to humbly submit themselves to God will in order to avoid further bloodshed in their beloved country. THe Tsar abdicated to try to prevent bloodshed.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š The Tsar refused to call upon others to save himself or his family to avoid/limit further bloodshed. He and his family inspite of humiliation and mistreatment bore that treatment with Christian humility, praying for their captors , and by all reports showing the behavior expected of those who had been annointed by God, and continued Christian Faith until their death at the hand of a Godless (read that Satanic) organization . Their seeking to avoid bloodshed and humble submission was deemed to make them passionbearers much as the Russian Princes Boris and Gleb were.
By these two assertions, they could be called by either name depending upon which you would see as greater importance.