2018-07-16 18:06:00

Russian Church takes notice of findings of new expert examination of imperial family remains Legoyda (updated)

Moscow, July 16, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church will analyze the findings of a new comprehensive expert examination of the human remains found outside Yekaterinburg, which confirmed that they were those of members of the Russian imperial family, Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Church's Synodal Department for Church-Society and Media Relations, told journalists on Monday.

"We have taken notice of the news that a DNA examination confirmed that the remains found were those of former Emperor Nicholas II, members of his family, and people from their entourage," Legoyda said.

He thanked employees of the Russian Investigative Committee and experts for their "painstaking work and the atmosphere of openness and mutual understanding in which the expert studies have been conducted."

Upon the completion of two repeated medical (anthropological), authorship, and historical-archival forensic studies on the criminal case which the Investigative Committee is undertaking, the findings will be shared with the Russian Church's hierarchs "for further consideration," he said.

Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told Interfax earlier that the findings of comprehensive DNA tests confirmed that the remains found outside Yekaterinburg were those of former Emperor Nicholas II, his family members, and people from their entourage.