Samples for new DNA tests as part of Romanov family murder inquiry delivered to Moscow

Samples taken from Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and from the bloodstained uniform of Alexander II, Nicholas's grandfather, have been delivered to Moscow to conduct new DNA examinations as part of the inquiry into the murder of the royal family by revolutionary Bolsheviks in 1918, Vladimir Solovyev, a senior investigator and criminologist of the Russian Investigative Committee's central criminology department, told Interfax on Sept.24.

Nicolas II Romanov and his wife Alexandra with children (pictured L-R): Alexei, Maria, Tatiana, Olga, Anastasia. Source: Getty Images/Fotobank

Samples taken from Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and from the bloodstained uniform of Alexander II, Nicholas's grandfather, have been delivered to Moscow to conduct new DNA examinations as part of the inquiry into the murder of the royal family by revolutionary Bolsheviks in 1918, Vladimir Solovyev, a senior investigator and criminologist of the Russian Investigative Committee's central criminology department, told Interfax on Sept.24.

"Indeed, the samples arrived yesterday. Examinations will begin today," he said.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Wednesday that the Investigative Committee had resumed the investigation of the death of members of the family of the last Russian tsar and their entourage. Markin said that additional studies will be conducted to confirm the authenticity of the remains of Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria that are currently stored at the State Archives.

The Russian Orthodox Church and the House of Romanov find that the authenticity of the remains of the royal family discovered near Yekaterinburg and buried in St. Peter and Paul\'s fortress was not confirmed.

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