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Russian court orders 'rehabilitation' of last Tsar

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    Ecumenical News International News Highlights 1 October 2008 Russian court orders rehabilitation of last Tsar Moscow (ENI). In a move monarchists and human
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      Ecumenical News International News Highlights
      1 October 2008

      Russian court orders 'rehabilitation' of last Tsar

      Moscow (ENI). In a move monarchists and human rights activists say is
      necessary for Russia to overcome its legacy of Soviet-era bloodshed, the
      country's highest court has ruled that Nicholas II, the nation's last tsar,
      and his family were victims of political repression. The decision by the
      appeals presidium of the Russian Supreme Court ends a years-long legal
      battle led by members of the Romanov family. The presidium ruled that
      Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, plus their four daughters and son were
      victims of "groundless repression", and ordered their rehabilitation.
      Officials of the Russian Orthodox Church welcomed the latest court decision.
      The Rev. Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate's
      department for external church relations, thanked the court for the ruling,
      and said that uncertainty over the issue "had been a heavy burden on the
      nation's conscience", Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported. [393 words,
      ENI-08-0787]


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