Royal Burials May End Romanov Saga

Russian royalists hope DNA evidence will persuade church to honor Romanovs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 7:27 AM CDT
Russia's Supreme Court ruled last fall that Czar Nicholas II was a victim of Soviet repression.   (AP Photo/Files)
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(Newser) – The family of Russia's last czar may be reunited in a royal tomb nearly a century after being shot and killed by the Bolsheviks, the Los Angeles Times reports. DNA evidence has proven beyond any doubt that remains found in 2007 buried near Nicholas II and the rest of his family are those of two of his children who were rumored to have survived.

Supporters now hope to persuade the Russian Orthodox Church—which refused to authorize a royal burial without conclusive proof of the identity of the bodies—to write the final chapter of the story. "Once the church accepts the remains, my duty will be done," said the great-grandson of a general who attempted to rescue the Romanovs.