2018-07-09 13:16:00

Church not planning to recognize authenticity of tsar's remains for 100th anniversary of killing of Nicholas II, family

Moscow, July 9, Interfax - The Church does not plan to make a decision regarding the authenticity of the alleged remains of Nicholas II's family by the 100th anniversary of their murders, Vladimir Legoyda, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, said.

"Church recognition is not possible before all analyses - genetic, historical, anthropological, and forensic, are complete. The decision will most likely be made at the level of the bishop council, due to the importance of the issue. It will not be timed to any date," the church official said in an interview published in the newspaper Izvestia on Monday.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said many times that the Church cannot afford to make a mistake on this matter, he said.

"A scientific evaluation can indicate 70-80% probability. The Church would like to eliminate this 20% doubt. A scientific evaluation is complete when the results are published in reviewed research journals. As far as I know, this hasn't happened yet," Legoyda said.

All the analyses are taking place as part of a criminal case that has been reopened by the Investigative Committee, he said.

"We will draw conclusions after investigators make a decision on the basis of the analyses," Legoyda said.