Probe into Murders of Russian Imperial
Family Closed by Prosecutors

Source: Russia Today. Language: English. Duration: 3 minutes, 37 seconds

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The country's Investigative Committee has closed one of the most puzzling cases in the country's history – its probe into the murder of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

“The Royal family was sentenced to death by the decision of the court in 1918-1919,” the official ruling acknowledges. “The royals were executed as criminals. At that time, the state ruled that the former emperor, his wife and children, were enemies of the state who posed the danger to the state in ideological, religious and social terms.”

The ruling also confirmed the identity of the remains found in Ekaterinburg back in 1991 – which allegedly belonged to members of the royal family.

For the first time, the case was opened in 1993. Since then, it was closed and re-opened at least five times.

The suit was launched by the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, offspring of the Romanovs, who wants the authorities to admit that the murder of the tsar was an unlawful political repression, not an execution.

She also points out that there is still no scientific confirmation that the remains belonged to the royal family.

“The case, in fact, still needs a lot of investigation,” lawyer for Maria Vladimirovna, German Lukyanov, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. “Most probably, the Duchess will decide to appeal the court’s ruling.”

From time to time, historians and archeologists find new information on the royal murder. For example, in September 2010 they found vessels containing acid which were meant to destroy the remains of the Romanovs, reports Interfax. The vessels were discovered in the Sverdlovsk region, which suggest that there is still much to look for as far as the case in concerned.

Nicholas II, his wife and children were shot by Bolsheviks in 1918 in Ekaterinburg. Their remains were – allegedly – discovered in 1991 and reburied in St. Petersburg, along with other Russian Emperors. The royal family was acknowledged to be victims of political repression in 2008.

Sources: Russia Today
17 January, 2011