Russian Investigative Committee doesn't doubt authenticity of Romanov remains
17 July 2013, 14:55
Russian Investigative Committee doesn't doubt authenticity of Romanov
Moscow, July 17, Interfax - The Russian Investigative Committee does not
doubt the authenticity of the royal family remains found near
Yekaterinburg and it is ready to answer every question of the Russian
"No new data, which might have called our research into question, has
been uncovered," senior investigator of the Russian Investigative
Committee's Main Forensic Department Vladimir Solovyov, who investigated
the murder of the royal family, told Interfax on Wednesday.
The family of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, was executed in the
Urals 95 years ago, in the early morning hours of July 17, 1918.
"Numerous conferences have been held since 2008 when our report was
published but no one has ever questioned the scientific integrity of our
inquiry," Solovyov said.
"It is our opinion, based on scientific methods, that the remains
actually belong to members of the royal family," the Investigative
Committee representative said.
He added that the royal family murder case would not be completely
closed until the burial of the remains of Prince Alexey and his sister
"The Church claims it has certain qualms about our studies. It would be
best to have a civilized discussion about any problems with the clerics.
We are ready to listen to their objections and to answer their
questions. There has been no joint work between church scholars and the
scientists who examined the remains," Solovyov said.
"I would like to meet with representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate
and have a civilized discussion on every issue. It is an outrage that
human remains are still be stored in the archives instead of being
buried," Solovyov said about the remains of Prince Alexey and Princess
Meanwhile, the House of Romanov, led by Grand Duchess of Russia Marina
Vladimirovna, said it was not prepared to recognize the authenticity of
the remains found in Yekaterinburg. "The head of the Russian royal
family, Grand Duchess Marina Vladimirovna, fully shares the position of
the Russian Orthodox Church. Neither the investigators nor the
Prosecutor General's Office have given complete, coherent answers to the
ten questions of the Russian Orthodox Church," the House of Romanov
lawyer, German Lukyanov, told Interfax on Wednesday.
"It would be premature to put the matter to rest, especially given that
weighty evidence has been found abroad and may shed light on the actual
state of affairs," Lukyanov said.
The notes of investigator Nikolay Sokolov, who was looking into the
murder of the last Russian emperor and his family in 1919 on the orders
of Admiral Kolchak, were found during the reconstruction of the Job the
Long-Suffering Church in Brussels, he said. The House of Romanov expects
an analysis of the papers found in Brussels to put an end to the dispute
over the authenticity of the royal family remains.
The Russian Investigative Committee finished the inquiry into the
criminal case of the death of the family of Nicholas II in January 2011.
The remains were proclaimed genuine.
The Russian Orthodox Church and the House of Romanov continue to deny
the authenticity of the remains.