The Church is ready to recognize the remains of Emperor Nicholas II and his family
In St. Petersburg, conducted the exhumation of the remains of the alleged Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov within the investigative action to resolve the long-running dispute between the investigative agencies of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.
In the previous article we reported the burial of the Emperor’s younger children – Crown Prince Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria. Today, the investigation at the request of the Church once again compares the DNA of the remains of the two – found in 1991, the prosecutor’s office of the Sverdlovsk region, where work was performed to identifymembership remains the family of Nicholas II and his entourage persons. Also in 2007, it was found the remains of Tsarevich Alexis prospective and Grand Duchess Maria. Conducted genetic analysis compared with descendants living in the United States showed that the remains of the original.
Russian Orthodox Church, however, reacted with disbelief to the first and the second remains, recognizing royal family holy martyrs canonized in 2001. Investigative actions which take place today in the presence of the Church must put an end to the issue of recognition.
If all remains of the original will (will compare the DNA of the remains in 1991, 2007 and the next of kin of DNA), the Church recognizes them and will read as relics of the Holy Royal Icon.
This was stated by Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and Society, which is representative of the Church in these activities.