ROMANOV FAMILY REMAINS INVESTIGATION CONTINUES:
Is Russian Orthodox Church “not convinced remains in tomb of Alexander III are his”?
Vladimir Soloviev, the head of the Committee of the Investigation of the murders of the Romanov family has been replaced. The new head is Igor Krasnov, Acting Head of the Main Investigation Department of the TFR. According to sources, the decision was made at the insistence of the Patriarchate management.
These recent personnel changes are undoubtedly a blow to Soloviev, who has reportedly been a “long-time eyesore to the Church,” and whom they “are now trying to push out of the game completely.” Sources of this information do not exclude the possibility that this replacement may be followed by the removal of a number of experts engaged by Soloviev, and accordingly by retention of new ones recommended by the Church instead.
As it is well known, the Russian Orthodox Church does not find sufficiently convincing the conclusions by the official investigation that the “Ekaterinburg remains” belong to the Romanov family. But the last straw seems to have been the exhumation of Tsar Alexander III. ROC insisted on the exhumation, while the investigator Soloviev was categorically against it – he considered this action unnecessary and something that would only delay the case. However, the Patriarch appealed to the president, and the Investigative Committee had to accede.
Allegedly, the purpose of the current genetic study is to establish the degree of relationship between Alexander III and the person whose remains, according to the investigators, belong to Tsar Nicholas II – the son of the former. According to Soloviev, this question has been answered long ago, on an even more definitive level. In particular, the conclusions of the examination of blood samples from the shirt of Nicholas II kept at the Hermitage Museum was clear: the person whose remains were found near Ekaterinburg and the last Russian Tsar are one and the same person.
However, according to Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov), member of the Patriarchate engaged in parallel investigation on identification of the “Ekaterinburg remains”, the exhumation of Alexander III was not only for the purpose of ensuring the authenticity of the Romanov remains, but it has another significant motive: to review the condition of the remains of Alexander III. ROC has reasons to suspect that during the Soviet era the Romanov family tombs had been opened. “If we see that these remains were disturbed and that it was done blasphemously, of course it would then be necessary to examine the other tombs, which may also have been opened,” said Bishop Tikhon.
In any case, ROC will not be satisfied merely by genetic samples. At their insistence, a full anthropological examination of the remains will be performed, suggesting the eventual removal of the entire skeleton. It appears that the ROC hierarchy is not completely convinced that the remains of Alexander III are in his tomb. In which case, the “imperial investigation” is at risk of becoming a never-ending venture.