ROMANOV FAMILY REMAINS UPDATE: SAMPLES FROM ALEXANDER III NOW IN POSSESSION OF SCIENTISTS
Genetic samples from the remains of Tsar Alexander III have been transferred to several laboratories for comparison with the remains of his son Nicholas II.
The remains of two younger children of the last Russian Tsar, Grand Duchess Maria and Tsarevich Alexei, will be buried at the beginning of next year – according to the director of the Russian State Archives Sergei Mironenko.
Samples of genetic material from Alexander III were needed to compare the male line DNA to the remains of Nicholas II. The expertise will (once again) determine whether the remains that now rest in the tomb at the Peter & Paul Cathedral are those of the last Russian Tsar and his family.
The remains of Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, found some years later, have still not been interred and are currently held at the Russian archives.
The exhumation and sample collecting procedure in the cathedral lasted 24 days. The examination will also take some time, and will take place in Moscow.
The Peter & Paul Cathedral staff has already begun work on the restoration of the tomb of Tsar Alexander III.
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