Moscow court puts off hearing on Tsar exoneration case till Nov. 14
31/ 10/ 2006
MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow district court has postponed
for two weeks a repeat hearing of a lawsuit brought by a descendant of the
Romanov imperial dynasty who wants Russia's last monarch to be exonerated
as a victim of political repression, the plaintiff's defense lawyer said
Nicholas II and his immediate family were executed near the Urals city of
Yekaterinburg in 1918, less than a year after the Bolshevik revolution.
Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, who heads the Russian Imperial House in exile,
claims the killing was a state-sponsored execution rather than murder, and
wants a court of justice to clear the monarch of all political charges
allegedly leveled against him by the Bolsheviks.
The Tverskoi court rejected her suit in May of this year, qualifying the
tsar's killing as premeditated murder, but the Moscow City Court ordered
new hearings following an appeal.
"The hearings have been put off until November 14 as no reply has yet come
in from Yekaterinburg archives to a defense attorney's inquiry," said
lawyer German Lukyanov, who is representing Maria Romanov in court. "The
documents [requested] will provide additional evidence for the case."
The duchess and her lawyer have substantiated their claim with documents
from the archives of the Federal Security Service, including a July 1998
ruling closing a criminal investigation into the killing of Nicholas II, as
well as a regional government resolution they say is an official death
sentence on the tsar.
The remains of Nicholas II were buried in 1998 with honors in the former
imperial capital, St. Petersburg. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized him
two years later.