Thursday, July 19, 2018

Investigators researching new imperial remains evidence

New evidence surrounding the execution of the Russian imperial family is currently being examined, but the Russian Investigation Committee does not believe that the "Yekaterinburg remains" will be proven inauthentic.

"If new evidence has emerged, we will gladly study it and we are prepared for cooperation," Vladimir Solovyov, the senior forensic investigators of the Investigative Committee's Main Forensic Department, who investigated the execution of the family of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, told Interfax on Thursday.

Solovyov has no doubt that the remains in Yekaterinburg are those of the tsar's family and their domestic servants, as was proven in tests in 2007 and 2008.

Solovyov said that unique tests were conducted with Nicholas II's blood.

"The genotype of the blood on Nichols II's shirt after he was wounded in Japan in 1891 fully coincided with the genotype of skeleton number four," Solovyov said, Interfax reports. "This genotype can be clearly tracked to heir to the throne Alexey.

"Whichever new objects may be produced, we will gladly study them. I am sure they will prove again, as it happened over the past 20 years, that the remains of the imperial family were buried [near Yekaterinburg]."

Both the Russian Orthodox Church and the House of Romanov refuse to recognize the authenticity of the remains, saying there is a lack of sufficient evidence, though it emerged on Thursday that the Moscow Patriarchate could change its position regarding the remains, Interfax reports.