Royal remains burial site to be entered on Russia's cultural heritage list

A resolution passed on Tuesday by the Sverdlovsk regional government, enters the place outside Yekaterinburg, where the remains of the family of Russia's last tsar Nicholas II were found, on the national cultural heritage list, the regional government's press service reported.

A resolution passed on Tuesday by the Sverdlovsk regional government, enters the place outside Yekaterinburg, where the remains of the family of Russia's last tsar Nicholas II were found, on the national cultural heritage list, the regional government's press service reported.

"The resolution enters the place on Staraya Koptyakovskaya Road, where the royal remains were found, on the national register of cultural heritage sites, where it will be defined and saved for future generations," the press service said in a statement.

Spokesperson for the regional property ministry Galina Utkina told Interfax that a letter requesting that this site be entered on the national register of state protected cultural monuments, will be sent to the Culture Ministry.

After the site is entered on the register, all actions at the place where the royal remains were found will be banned unless approved by the regional property ministry, she said.

"But further research will be allowed, if a plan is negotiated with us, so we will know who is doing what at the site," Utkina said.

The remains of Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, the grand duchesses Tatiana, Olga and Anastasia, and their servants were found on Staraya Koptyakovskaya Road near Yekaterinburg in the late 1970s. In July 1998, the remains were buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The remains of Grand Duchess Maria and Crown Prince Alexei were found at the same site in 2007.

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