Alexander III Shrine to be Opened Tuesday for DNA Study in Probe into Death of Last Russian Tsar's Family

Source: Interfax-Religion

Moscow/St. Petersburg, November 23, 2015


Experts are planning to begin studying the remains of Russian emperor Alexander III this week in a new DNA study whithin the criminal probe into the death of the last Russian royal family.

"It is expected that the shrine of Emperor Alexander III in the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg will be opened up on Tuesday," an informed source told Interfax on Monday.

The emperor's remains will be exhumed and samples will be sent to Moscow for study.

Russia's Investigative Committee resumed the investigation into the death of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family in September. Investigators said that additional studies were organized to confirm the authenticity of the remains of Nicholas' children, Tsesarevich Alexey and Grand Duchess Maria. Their remains are currently kept in the State Archive in Moscow.

The alleged emains of Emperor Nicholas II and his spouse were delivered to Moscow for the purposes of the study together with pieces of clothing containing blood samples of Alexander II.

The new DNA study is confirming earlier conclusions of the authenticity of the remains of the last Russian imperial family that was executed by Bolsheviks in the Urals, Yevgeny Rogayev, head of the human genomics and genetics department of the Institute of General Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Interfax in November.

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