Friday, August 18, 2017

House of Romanov remains unconvinced of the authenticity of Yekaterinburg remains

The House of Romanov remains unconvinced that remains found outside Yekaterinburg are that of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family despite a statement by the Russian Investigative Committee to the contrary.

After a series of forensic tests, the committee referred a copy of the statement on the completion of a criminal probe into the murder of the imperial family to the House of Romanov in October. The House of Romanov spent several months studying the statement, Interfax reports.

"There is nothing new in this statement that was kept under wraps for so long," Alexander Zakatov, a spokesman for the House of Romanov, said, according to Interfax. "We did not find anything that would change our opinion concerning the authenticity of the Yekaterinburg remains. The statement cites documents which remain closed to us. We cannot take these arguments on faith."

The committee released a statement that said that the remains found outside Yekaterinburg were those of the members of the imperial family and their relatives who were executed by the Bolsheviks. The Russian Orthodox Church has not recognized that the remains are those of Nicholas II and his relatives.

"The House of Romanov agrees with the Russian Orthodox Church," Zakatov said, according to Interfax. "Some questions have remained unanswered. The theory that Nicholas II and his son were beheaded remains very vague to this day. There is indirect evidence suggesting that this could have been done. Investigators did not brush this theory away. The fate of the cook Sednev has not been established, either. This issue has nothing to do with the authenticity of the remains, but is related to the tsar's family. Some claimed that the cook was executed, too. Investigators did not answer the question about his fate. He did not disappear in little faith, did he?"