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Moscow court puts off hearing on Tsar exoneration case till Nov. 14

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20061031/55266206.html Moscow court puts off hearing on Tsar exoneration case till Nov. 14 31/ 10/ 2006 MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA
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      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
      Tuesday.

      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.
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