Moscow, November 27, Interfax - Many members of the church commission dealing with 'the Yekaterinburg remains' are convinced that the execution of the Romanov family was a ritual murder, the secretary of the commission, Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) said.
"We take the ritual murder theory most seriously. The significant part of the commission has no doubts that this murder was a ritual one," he said at a conference on 'the Yekaterinburg remains' in Moscow on Monday.
However, "this should be substantiated and proven," he said.
In particular, this theory is supported by the words of Yakov Yurovsky, a Bolshevik and the chief executioner of the Romanov family, who said that prior to the execution all victims had been assigned to their killers, but the majority of the bullets hit the tsar because "everybody wanted to be the regicide" and "it was a special ritual for many," the bishop said.
Earlier today, Alexander Boroda, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), expressed regret over the Russian Investigative Committee's intention to order a psychological and historical evaluation to find out whether the execution of the Romanov family was a ritual murder.