2015-09-23 19:33:00

Exhumation of remains of the Romanovs completed in St. Petersburg (updated)

St. Petersburg, September 23, Interfax - Specialists of Russia's Investigative Committee have completed extraction of samples of the remains of the Russian royal family members buried in the imperial tomb in the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax on Wednesday.

"The investigators have completed all necessary tasks, having taken everything they might need and left about 18:10. The Museum [of St. Petersburg History] was working as usual. Tomorrow, no acts will be carried out," the source said.

For the time that the exhumation was carried out, the St. Catherine Side Altar - where the remains of Nicholas II and Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna are buried - was partly closed for visitors.

According to an Interfax correspondent who reported from the scene, the museum complex is operating normally.