Moscow, July 2, Interfax - Head of the Chancellery of the House of Romanov Alexander Zakatov reports that there is no information about the end of the expertise of remains supposedly belonging to crown prince Alexey and great duchess Maria and there is no task to complete it to the hundredth anniversary of Nicholas II death.
“There is no information about it. Both the Imperial House and the Church inform each other and we still have not got any messages or even preliminary messages that it is likely to be over in the nearest time,” Zakatov told Interfax.
According to him, they are examining the results of the previous expertise of tsar family remains, especially dental expertise that caused doubts in their authenticity. “The most important thing - is that no one wishes to give out certain supposed result to the next anniversary,” Zakatov said.
He reminded that last year at the meeting of the head of the House of Romanov great duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia this topic was touched. According to the head of the Chancellery of the House of Romanov, the patriarch then expressed the position that announcing the results of the expertise “should not be timed to certain dates” and the Church insists on such an attitude.
“If it (announcing the results of the expertise IF) doesn’t happen this year, there is nothing terrific in it, we venerate the holy royal passion-bearers no matter if we have their relics or not, we believe that they pray for Russia to God. And if we find them or not, if their authenticity would be confirmed or not, it is a second-rate question, though it is important, but here there should not be any rush”, he said.
Recent expertise of “Yekaterinburg remains” that were found near Yekaterinburg in 1991 and 2007 has lasted several years. The previous expertise conducted by the state commission pointed out that bodies found in 1991 belong to the members of the tsar family - Nicholas II, his spouse, their daughters Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, and bodies found in 2007 to prince Alexey and his sister Maria. Nevertheless, the Church insists on conducting more detailed and thorough expertise to exclude any doubts in their authenticity.