Remains of Russia

17/07/2018 21:42

Remains of Russia

A century on from the death of Russia's last tsar, exhaustive DNA tests on his alleged remains have finally confirmed their authenticity. Reported Daily Mail.

The genetic tests could be a step towards the Russian Orthodox Church finally recognising the remains and burying them with full rites. According to the Russian Investigative Committee, tsar Nicholas II, his wife, and their five children, who were shot dead by the Bolsheviks 100 years ago today, have finally been identified. Tsar Nicholas II was also cousin of the British monarch, King George V.

Genetic tests ordered by the Russian Church - which disputed earlier results - 'confirmed the remains found belonged to the former Emperor Nicholas II, his family members and members of their entourage,' said the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crime and has been roped in to resolve the long-running debate.

The tests involved exhuming Nicholas's father Alexander III, proving 'they are father and son,' investigators said. The Orthodox Church said it would consider the findings and praised the way the investigation was going.

The Bolsheviks shot the abdicated tsar, his German-born wife and their five children along with their servants and doctor on the night from July 16 to 17, 1918, as they were living under guard in the Urals city of Sverdlovsk, now Yekaterinburg.

The killers then hastily buried the remains, where they laid untouched until their discovery in 1979. The bones of Nicholas, his wife and three of their children were interred in Saint Petersburg in 1998 but the Orthodox Church refused to give them a full burial service, disputing their authenticity after an investigation under President Boris Yeltsin in which the clergy felt sidelined.

Amid popular legend that one of the children may have survived, several pretenders claimed later to be Anastasia, one of the tsar's daughters, but these were never proven.

Yet the Church's reluctance puzzles secular figures since previous DNA testing was carried out by international experts.





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