Opening of Alexander III's tomb may take up to 3 days

The samples of the remains of the emperor will be brought to Moscow

The works to open the tomb of Russian Emperor Alexander III in St. Petersburg may last a few days, head of the Russian Archives Sergei Mironenko told Interfax on Nov. 24.

"The works started. They say that they needed three days. No one can say exactly so far how much time will be needed," Mironenko said.

It is expected that after the opening of Alexander III's tomb at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg the samples of the remains of the emperor will be brought to Moscow.

This autumn the samples of the remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his wife, as well as the samples of the clothes with the blood of Emperor Alexander II have been delivered for examination to Moscow from St. Petersburg.

In September, the Russian Investigative Committee resumed the investigation into the criminal case over the assassination of the last Russian tsarist family. Additional examinations are being conducted to confirm the authenticity of the remains of Nicholas II's children Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria. Their remains are currently being kept at the Russian State Archives in Moscow.

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