2017-11-22 14:23:00

Russian Orthodox Church Bishops' Council to discuss authenticity of imperial family remains (updated)

Moscow, November 22, Interfax - The Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, which will take place in Moscow from November 29 to December 4 and will be devoted to the 100th anniversary of restoring the institution of patriarch in Russia, is expected to discuss the issue of authenticity of the so-called "Yekaterinburg remains".

"The people who are responsibility for studying this issue will probably say something. But it is now too early to say what conclusions will be drawn," Moscow Patriarchate deputy property manager Hegumen Savva (Tutunov) said at a press conference on Wednesday, responding to a question from Interfax-Religion.

The expert evaluation will take as much time as is needed for its completion, he said.

"There is no rush, there is the task of getting to the bottom of the situation as the issue is serious," Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, said.

The final decision should not be rushed to coincide with some significant date, he said.

"How can a decision be made before expert evaluations are completed? Furthermore, completion of an evaluation is only one stage: one needs to see how the results of one evaluation go together with others," Legoyda said.

"The process will be as open as possible," he said.