Royal Remains Return to Moscow

The remains of Grand Duchess Maria and Tsarevich Alexis were unearthed in August 2007

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The remains of Grand Duchess Maria and Tsarevich Alexis, the children of Russiaís last tsar executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918, arrived in Moscow this morning. For the last three years they have been stored in a forensic center in Yekaterinburg. It is still unclear where their final resting place will be.

The President of the Romanov Family Association, Prince Nicholas Romanov, who lives in Switzerland, has asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to establish a government commission to oversee the burial of the royal remains.

In 1998, the remains of Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, their three daughters Tatiana, Olga and Anastasia, and their servants, all executed by the Bolsheviks in the early hours of July 17, 1918, were laid to rest at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Boris Yeltsin as then-president took part in the ceremony.

The remains of Grand Duchess Maria and Tsarevich Alexis were unearthed in August 2007. The Bolsheviks had tried to incinerate their bodies, but failed to eradicate all traces. In May 2008, Russiaís Investigation Committee wrote to President Medvedev about genetic research that had been carried out at various foreign laboratories with the participation of Russian scientists.

Although this research confirmed that the remains belonged to Grand Duchess Maria and the Tsarevich, it was three years before the Russian president and the government moved to bury the remains of the children, who were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000. If Prince Romanovís letter goes unanswered, then the Investigation Committee will have no choice but to bury the remains in a common grave in a Moscow cemetery.

Source: RIA Novosti
21 February, 2011