Appeal Against Closure of Tsar's
Murder Set for May

The Russian Imperial House insists that the royal family were killed by the Bolshevik regime

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The Moscow City Court on May 12 will hear an appeal, challenging a court ruling, supporting the decision to close the criminal case related to the murder of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family.

The court was to hear the complaint, filed by Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna's defense lawyer, on Wednesday. But the judges argued that they would need time to read the complaint. The ruling alone is laid down in three volumes, they said.

Moscow's Basmanny Court on March 19 turned down defense lawyer German Lukyanov's complaint against the decision to close the case of murder of Nicholas II and his family.

"The court took the side of the Prosecutor General's Office and of the federal prosecutor's Investigation Department, disregarding the ruling by the Supreme Court Presidium to rehabilitate Nicholas II and his family," Lukyanov told Interfax then.

The family of the last Russian emperor and his nearest entourage - eleven people in all - were shot on July 17, 1918.

On October 1, 2008 the Supreme Court Presidium ruled to rehabilitate Nicholas II and his family members. But on January 15, 2009, a court ruling was passed to close the criminal case of the Romanov family murder.

The House of Romanov disagreed with the conclusion of the Investigation Department that the royal family had fallen victim to plain criminals, and argued that the tsar and his relatives were killed by the regime.

Interfax
29 April, 2010