Church takes custody of Tsesarevich Alexei, Maria Romanovs' remains

Scientists are conducting now comparative analyses of the Romanovs' remains

It has been decided that the remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria Romanovs be handed over by the Russian State Archive into protective custody of the Russian Orthodox Church, a government spokesperson said on Dec. 23.

"The inter-agency working group on issues relating to the inquiry and burial of the remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria Romanovs, which are kept at the Russian Federation State Archive, jointly with the Russian Orthodox Church have decided to pass the remains of Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria Romanovs be handed over by the Russian State Archive into protective custody of the Russian Orthodox Church before the end of the inquiries conducted as part of the criminal case N252/404516-15 into the killing of members of the Russian Imperial House in the Urals and in Petrograd in 1918-1919," the spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Interfax.

"At present, the International Center for Genetic Epigenetic Studies of the Institute of Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences is conducting comparative analyses of the remains of the Emperor Alexander III and those of the Emperor Nicholas II as part of the criminal inquiry. The initial results of these analyses are expected in January 2016," the spokesperson said.

Read more: Alexander III shrine to be opened for DNA study>>>

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.