Russian investigators will exhume the remains of Tsar Alexander III as part of the reopening of the investigation into the assassination of his son, Tsar Nicolas II , and his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918, announced Monday the Russian authorities.
The tomb of Emperor Alexander III reopened
“At the request of the Church, the decision was made to open the tomb of Emperor Alexander III”, in St. Petersburg, told Interfax a representative of the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Solovyov, adding that the expert would not begin before mid-November. Russian authorities hope that this expertise will enable the final identification of the remains of the last Russian tsar, Nicolas II, and his family.
The investigation into the circumstances of their murder and burial was reopened in September at the request of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has long expressed doubts about the authenticity of the bones of those considered the Romanov family.
The mystery of the assassination of Tsar Alexander III
Begun in 1993, the investigation was closed in January 2009 for lack of significant progress, deemed illegal a decision by a court in 2010 Russian. The alleged remains of Tsarevich Alexei and his sister Maria were discovered in 2007 near where the royal family was executed on the night of 16 to 17 July 1918 by order of the Bolsheviks, came to power in favor of the October Revolution in 1917 .
The remains of other members of the Romanov family, including those of Tsar Nicolas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of, extracts from a mass grave in Ekaterinburg in the Urals in 1991, were formally identified in 1998 by the Russian government. Some have already been buried with great pomp in the former imperial capital, St. Petersburg, and all were canonized as martyrs by the Orthodox Church
Alexander III. Before last Russian Emperor
before last emperor to rule Russia, Alexander III ascended the throne after the death of his father, Alexander II, killed in an anarchist attack in 1881. His reign was marked by the challenging reforms liberal of his father and a period of relative calm in international relations.