23 September 2015, 19:15
Samples of remains of Nicholas II, his wife, Alexander II's clothes samples are taken for new expertise - investigator Solovyov
Moscow, September 23, Interfax - The samples of the remains of Nicholas II and his spouse Alexandra, as well as the samples of the clothes of Emperor Alexander II were taken as part of new genetic tests in the assassination case of the last Russian imperial family in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, senior criminal investigator of the Main Criminal Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Solovyov, who has investigated the assassination case of the tsarist family told Interfax on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Solovyov participated in the exhumation of the remains at the Romanovs royal sepulcher in St. Petersburg.
"The samples were taken from the remains of Nicholas II and Alexandra at the Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the samples of Alexander II's clothes," he said.
The DNA samples from other representatives of the Romanov House are yet not planned to take for research, Solovyov said.
"The best specialists in the world are working," Solovyov said.
The whole scope of research will be done in Russia, he said.
A grave with nine bodies was found on Staraya Koptyakovskaya Road near Yekaterinburg in July 1991. The remains were identified as those of Emperor Nicholas II, his 46-year-old wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, their daughters Olga, 22, Tatyana, 21, and Anastasia, 17, and their servants Yevgeny Botkin, 53, Anna Demidova, 40, Aloizy Trupp, 62, and Ivan Kharitonov, 48.
The remains of two more people were discovered during archaeological excavation works 70 kilometers south of the first grave on July 26, 2007. The remains have still not been buried, but numerous expert analyses indicate that the remains were most likely those of Crown Prince Alexey and his sister Maria.
The Investigative Committee said in January 2011 that it had completed an investigation into the death of Nicholas II, his family members and entourage and closed the criminal case.
The Russian Orthodox Church has still not recognized the remains interred in Peter and Paul Cathedral as those of Nicholas II and his family members and entourage, claiming that it was not convinced by the proof of their authenticity that was presented.