Jul 17 2003 3:59PM
Russian Orthodox Church still doubts authenticity of "Yekaterinburg
MOSCOW. July 17 (Interfax) - The Russian Orthodox Church still
authenticity of the remains found near Yekaterinburg five years ago.
Experts believe these are the remains of Russia's last emperor
and his family.
"The attitude to the remains has not changed, because no new
has been obtained," head of the Synod Commission on Canonization
Metropolitan Yuvenaly told Interfax on Thursday.
The Metropolitan said he knew nothing about any serious research to
the remains' authenticity. "Apparently, the attention of the
community and the government to the problem has declined now that
remains are buried," he said.
The church is still ready to reconsider the authenticity of the
"Yekaterinburg remains" in case of further studies, he stressed.
The Bolsheviks shot Nicholas II and members of his family and circle
Ipatyev House near Yekaterinburg in 1918. Human remains were found
outskirts of the city, which experts identified as the Romanovs.
The remains were buried in the Czarist burial vault of the Peter and
Cathedral in St. Petersburg on July 17, 1998, in the presence of
first president Boris Yeltsin, statesmen and descendants of the
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II did not take part in the
ceremony, because the Russian Orthodox Church doubted the
the Yekaterinburg remains.
Several years later, these doubts were confirmed by Japanese
who analyzed a drop of sweat found on the clothes of Nicholas II,
nails and bone fragments of his brother, Prince Georgy.
They also studied samples of blood of Tikhon Kulikovsky-Romanov, son
Princess Olga - the youngest sister of the last emperor, who died in
Results of the tests were compared with DNA from the Yekaterinburg
and failed to match its genetic characteristics. [RU EUROPE EEU EMRG
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Poll shows many Russians feel sorry about murder of Nicholas II
MOSCOW. July 17 (Interfax) - Many Russians feel sorry about the
Russia's last emperor Nicholas II and his family, says a poll
Forty-two percent of respondents called this event "a bloody, evil
the Bolshevik regime," ROMIR sociologists told Interfax.
One out of five respondents (21%) believes that in the situation,
Soviet regime had no choice, and another 21% believe it happened
the chaos and lack of coordination that plagued Russia at the time.
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CHURCH-CUM-MONUMENT ON THE BLOOD CONSECRATED IN YEKATERINBURG
YEKATERINBURG, July 16 (RIA Novosti-Urals correspondent Gulnara
The Church-cum-Monument on the Blood has been consecrated in
(the Urals). It has been built on the place of the shooting down of
tsarist family. Reporters were told about it on Wednesday in the
service of the governor of the Sverdlovsk region.
With the blessing of Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia
divine liturgy was conducted by Metropolitan Yuvenaly of Krutitsy
During the celebrations, Olga Kulikovskaya-Romanova, the wife of the
of Nicholas the Second, presented the church with an Icon of Our
"This icon was in the Ipatyev house in which the family of the last
Emperor lived in imprisonment in 1918," says the information
the regional governor.
A religious procession with a cross and banners passed around the
After its completion, a concert with the participation of the best
singers took place in the square in front of the church.
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