Are the Remains of Russian Imperial Family Still Missing? Sorting Out the Facts from the Fiction

By Helen Azar and Margarita Nelipa

Remains of the Romanov family discovered in Ekaterinburg.

Remains of the Romanov family discovered in Ekaterinburg.

 

Now that Russia’s investigative committee has reopened its case on the 1918 murder of the Romanov family after the Russian Orthodox church demanded further testing of their remains, it seems to be a good time to revisit this article we wrote back in 2005!

 

We live in an age when scientific analysis has become a reliable and accurate method by which to unravel the mysteries of both the present and the past. History can now be analyzed dispassionately and objectively in terms that we all can agree upon. Read more Are the Remains of Russian Imperial Family Still Missing? Sorting Out the Facts from the Fiction Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

ROMANOV REMAINS: INVESTIGATION REOPENED! UPDATE: EXHUMATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED

The Romanov family
The Romanov family

Criminal investigation into the deaths of Russian Imperial  Family Romanov has been reopened

23 September, 2015.

Russian Investigative Committee reopened the criminal investigation of the deaths of the members of the Russian Imperial Family Romanov and their retainers. Read more ROMANOV REMAINS: INVESTIGATION REOPENED! UPDATE: EXHUMATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED

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GRAND DUCHESS MARIA AND TSAREVICH ALEXEI: WILL THEIR REMAINS FINALLY BE ALLOWED TO REST IN PEACE?

Grand Duchess Maria Romanov and TSarevich Alexei Romanov
Grand Duchess Maria Romanov and Tsarevich Alexei Romanov

 

The reburial of two children of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna has finally been (tentatively?) scheduled for October 18, 2015. The ceremony will take place in the Peter and Paul Cathedral on Zayachi Island in St. Petersburg. This proposal was made by the Special Commission of the Russian government, under the leadership of Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Sergei Prikhodko.   

Grand Duchess Maria Romanov and Tsarevich Alexei Romanov
Grand Duchess Maria Romanov and Tsarevich Alexei Romanov

The committee has been dealing with research and reburial of the Tsar’s children for several years. Currently the skeletal remains of (what is now accepted to be) Maria Romanov and her brother Alexei Romanov are kept at Russia’s State Archives. The other members of the imperial Romanov family were previously entombed at St Peter and Paul Cathedral, where all Russian Tsars and members of the imperial family  had been traditionally buried.  Read more GRAND DUCHESS MARIA AND TSAREVICH ALEXEI: WILL THEIR REMAINS FINALLY BE ALLOWED TO REST IN PEACE?

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ALEXANDER PALACE: LAST IMPERIAL RESIDENCE OF THE ROMANOV FAMILY CLOSED UNTIL 2018!

19th century painting of the Alexander palace the last residence of the Romanov family before the Russian revolution
19th century painting of the Alexander palace the last residence of the Romanov family before the Russian revolution

Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo – the last residence of the Romanov family before the Russian revolution – is closed to visitors for the next three years: until the year 2018.  The palace will undergo some large scale renovations in order to fix major structural problem as  well as restorations to bring it back to its original look prior to 1917, when the Romanov family resided there. Read more ALEXANDER PALACE: LAST IMPERIAL RESIDENCE OF THE ROMANOV FAMILY CLOSED UNTIL 2018!

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Romanov Family Mystery Solved:

Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia and Tsesarevich Alexei.
Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia and Tsesarevich Alexei.

For those of you who would like to read the original paper on the identification of two Romanov children, please click on the “Romanov Mystery Solved” link below. We will probably never know for sure if the remains of the missing girl discovered with Tsesarevich Alexei’s remains are those of Grand Duchess Maria or Grand Duchess Anastasia, as the “little pair” were too close in age and the investigators have no confirmed DNA sample to compare. But the most important thing is that the entire Romanov family is now accounted for. Let’s hope the two children will be buried with the rest of the family soon!

The Identification of the Two Missing Romanov Children Using DNA Analysis:  Romanov Family Mystery Solved

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MY CO-AUTHOR: NICHOLAS B.A. NICHOLSON

For those of you who may not know him, I would like to introduce my wonderful co-author of the upcoming Tatiana book. I often refer to him as a “Walking Romanov Encyclopedia”. I really hit the jackpot with him!  Read about Nicholas B.A. Nicholson here.

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Nick’s other books are:

Jewels of the Romanovs: Treasures of the Russian Imperial Court  and Object of Virtue: A Novel

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