Too Early To Put Final Dot in
Russian Emperors' Execution Case - Lawyer

Alexander Zakatov, Director of the Chancellery of the House of Romanov.

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The House of Romanov is hoping to study the Russian Investigative Committee's resolution on the closure of a criminal case into the execution of Russia's last Emperor Nicholas II and members of his family before deciding on whether to file an appeal.

"It's too early to put a final dot," lawyer German Lukyanov, head of the House of Romanov's law service, told Interfax on Monday.

Upon studying the resolution, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna will "conclude if the investigation conformed with the law and if all the circumstances were investigated fully, thoroughly and objectively," Lukyanov said.

The criminal case into the imperial family's execution was closed and then resumed five times, he said, adding that "the fact itself shows that not everything has been carried out to the end".

Earlier, the Russian Investigative Committee announced that it had closed a criminal case into the death of Russia's last Emperor Nicholas II Romanov, his wife, children and the imperial entourage in 1918-1919.

"The case was closed on January 14 in line with a court decision. The identification of the remains of the former emperor and people of the imperial entourage was confirmed by the committee's resolution on the issue," the committee says in a report posted on its website on Monday.

"We will need time to study the investigator's resolution. The fact that after so many years, the Investigative Committee acknowledged that the slain members of the imperial family were the victims of political repressions as had earlier been stated by the Supreme Court is a major legal victory for the Imperial House," Alexander Zakatov, Director of the Chancellery of the House of Romanov, has told Interfax.

Source: Interfax
17 January, 2011