Alexander III's tomb to be opened in November as part of new genetic inquiry

All tests are likely to be completed by the beginning of 2016

The tomb of Russian Emperor Alexander II will be opened at the end of November as part of a new inquiry into the death of the last Russian royal family, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior criminologist and investigator at the Main Criminalistics Department of the Russian Investigative Committee (RIC), told Interfax.

"The tomb will most likely be opened in late November, around the last days of the month," he said.

A group of RIC experts travelled to the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Nov. 6 to examine the exterior of Alexander III\'s tomb, he said. "This is the interim stage, we are examining the exterior of the tomb. We are not opening anything today," he said.

The DNA analysis of the remains of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, is in the final stages, Solovyov said. "A final document is being drafted. So far I cannot unveil the results," he said.

The DNA tests continue of the people who were executed by Bolsheviks along with the royal family, Solovyov said. "Part of this work has already been completed," he said.

There has yet been no decision over the delivery of the remains of Nicholas II's sister, Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, from Israel to Moscow for DNA tests, he said.

All tests are likely to be completed by the beginning of 2016, he said.

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