Russian Orthodox Church still doubts authenticity of Russian royal family remains
09 August 2013, 14:26
Russian Orthodox Church still doubts authenticity of Russian royal
Moscow, August 9, Interfax - The head of the Moscow Patriarchate
Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin
has said that the Russian Orthodox Church still has doubts regarding
secular experts' conclusions that the human remains found near the city
of Yekaterinburg belonged to the Russian Imperial Family members.
"In my opinion, a very wide range of competent experts, not necessarily
just Orthodox experts, should be allowed to study the discovered
remains," Father Vsevolod said.
It is important both to compare the DNA of some individual fragment with
the DNA of the remains of other Imperial Family members, assess the
wholeness of the skeletons, establish whether or not all of the found
human remains have the same DNA and confirm the presence of former
injuries, for example the injury that was sustained by Tsar Nicholas II
during his trip to Japan when he was the heir to the Russian throne, the
There is also a need to compare different theories describing how the
bodies were disposed of and buried, he said.
Eleven people, including members of the Russian Imperial Family and
people from their entourage, were shot at the Urals regional council
presidium's order in the early hours of July 17, 1918.
A grave with nine bodies was found on Staraya Koptyakovskaya Road near
Yekaterinburg in July 1991. The remains were identified as those of
Emperor Nicholas II, his 46-year-old wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, their
daughters Olga, 22, Tatyana, 21, and Anastasia, 17, and their servants
Yevgeny Botkin, 53, Anna Demidova, 40, Aloizy Trupp, 62, and Ivan
The remains of two more people were discovered during archaeological
excavation works 70 kilometers south of the first grave on July 26,
2007. The remains have still not been buried, but numerous expert
analyses indicate that the remains were most likely those of Crown
Prince Alexey and his sister Maria.
The Investigative Committee said in January 2011 that it had completed
an investigation into the death of Nicholas II, his family members and
entourage and closed the criminal case.
The Russian Orthodox Church has still not recognized the remains
interred in Peter and Paul Cathedral as those of Nicholas II and his
family members and entourage, claiming that it was not convinced by the
proof of their authenticity that was presented.
The House of Romanov head, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, will
recognize the remains buried at the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St.
Petersburg as those of the royal family, if the Russian Orthodox Church
says they are authentic, the House of Romanov spokesman Alexander
Zakatov told Interfax.