18 January 2011, 10:04
Authenticity of Nicholas II's remains indisputable - investigator
Moscow, January 18, Interfax - The Russian Investigative Committee does not doubt the authenticity of the remains of the former Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family, which where found near Yekaterinburg.
"We are absolutely sure the identification of the remains of the imperial family was 100% correct", Vladimir Solovyov, the committee's investigator who has been in charge of the investigation into the killing of Nicholas II and his family since 1993.
On January 2011, Solovyov put his signature on a resolution closing the criminal case into the Romanovs' execution.
The case had been closed several times before, the last time on January 15, 2009.
"The new resolution contains nothing new compared to the previous one. The previous resolution has been brought in conformity with the October 1, 2008 ruling of the Supreme Court's Presidium. A new clause was added, which says that they were executed on behalf of the state," Solovyov said.
As for why the Russian Orthodox Church and the House of Romanov have refused to recognize the authenticity of the Romanovs' remains, he said: "Anyone is free to ask any questions. The problem is that no one wants to solve them. If you have a question, ask it, and we will answer it, and if you have doubts, you can check our data".
"Although we have very serious data, no one has bothered to verify it for the past two years. We have all materials concerning the identification. The Holy Patriarch [of Moscow and All Russia] set up a special commission on the attitude of the Church toward the Yekaterinburg remains. The commission has never ever contacted me throughout the past years. We are open to cooperation and are ready to provide any materials to the Church," Solovyov said.
According to the investigation, Emperor Nicholas II, his wife, children and their servants were executed on the order of the Urals Council, the highest power body in a territory that was comprised of the Perm, Yekaterinburg, Vyatka, Chelyabinsk, Ufa and Orenburg regions.
There is no evidence confirming that the execution was carried out at the direct order of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Yakov Sverdlov.
"We have no evidence about either Sverdlov or Lenin, and as far as I know, none of our investigators has happened to come across any of those documents," Solovyov said.
On Monday, the Investigative Committee closed the criminal case into the Romanovs' execution.