Moscow, November 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church will likely decide on the authenticity of the 'Yekaterinburg remains' in 2018, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said.
"The —hurch will recognize the 'Yekaterinburg remains' as the true remains of the imperial family if exhaustive evidence of their authenticity is found. The forensic evaluations that have been performed and are now being performed, in my view, bring us closer to that day. I think it will happen in the foreseeable future, but one should not predetermine the result,' the hierarch said in an interview published in the Wednesday edition of the Izvestia newspaper.
Responding to a question as to whether he means this year or the coming one, Metropolitan Hilarion said "most likely the coming year."
Metropolitan Hilarion said a discussion on the matter is scheduled to take place at the Bishops' Council opening today in Moscow.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on November 27 that the Russian Orthodox Church currently does not have an official position as regards the authenticity of the imperial family's remains.