The Holy New Martyr Grand Princess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna
Investigation has established that no documents exist that confirm that Lenin and other senior Soviet leaders gave the order to shoot the imperial family. On Thursday, at our main Interfax offices, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator and criminologist at the Forensic Directorate of the SKP RF, said, “If there were verbal arrangements, they never wrote them down; hence, we don’t have any relevant documentation. A decision of the Presidium of the Ural Regional Soviet authorised the execution”.
In turn, Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the House of Romanov’s Chancellery, emphasised that the imperial house has no information about the direct involvement of Lenin in the death of the imperial family either, but has indirect evidence that it was possible that the Soviet leadership was aware about what happened in Yekaterinburg. “We’ve never advanced the thesis that Lenin gave the order [to kill the imperial family]. There’s no official documentation stating such, but this doesn’t rule out that the Soviet leadership may have given such an order, for there’s indirect evidence for that”, he noted. Zakatov added that the House of Romanov unequivocally condemned the actions of the Bolshevik Yurovsky; they believe that he played a direct role in the murder of the imperial family. He said, “For us, there’s no question about whether Yurovsky was the perpetrator or whether he was just following orders. For us, it’s clear that Yurovsky’s a criminal, who carried out a criminal act”.
On Thursday, at our main Interfax offices, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator and criminologist at the Forensic Directorate of the SKP RF, who dealt with the case concerning the murder of the imperial family, called for the establishment of a government committee with representatives from the Church to settle the question of the authenticity of the remains of Tsar Nikolai II and his family. He said, “The correct solution would be to create a government commission, including members from the Church, or professionals appointed by the Church. There’s been a civilised debate and discussion about such a commission”. In turn, Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the House of Romanov’s Chancellery, noted that the MP hasn’t found sufficient grounds for the recognition of Yekaterinburg remains as genuine, and “for many Orthodox”, the position of the Church “remains normative”.
This January, the Investigative Committee of the SKP RF concluded the criminal investigation into the death of the family of Nikolai II and their companions and closed the criminal case. On the night of 17 July 1918, the imperial family and those close to them, 11 people, were shot by a decision of the Presidium of the Ural Soviet. On 1 October 2008, the Presidium of the RF Supreme Court announced the rehabilitation of Nikolai II and his family. In July 1991, near Old Koptyakovskoy Road near Yekaterinburg, a grave was discovered with the remains of nine people. It was assumed that they were the bodies of imperial family, Nikolai II, his wife Aleksandra (46), their daughters Olga (22), Tatiana (21), Anastasia (17), along with their companions, Yevgeni Botkin (53), Anna Demidova (40), Aleksei Trupp (62), and Ivan Kharitonov (48). They were buried in the crypt of the Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul in St Petersburg. On 29 July 2007, archaeologists digging 70 kilometres (44 miles) to the south of the first burial site found the remains of two more people. Numerous reports indicate that the remains belong to Tsarevich Aleksei and his sister Maria. These remains remain unburied at present. Meanwhile, the MP hasn’t recognised the authenticity of the remains found because it believes that sufficient evidence hasn’t surfaced yet.
On Thursday, at our main Interfax offices, Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator and criminologist at the Forensic Directorate of the SKP RF, thought that we had to intensify our search for the remains of the New Martyrs of Alapaevsk. He said, “I think that it’s necessary to intensify our search so that we can bury the martyrs, which is all the more reason to search in their last known location… we know that the martyrs were buried in China”. Aleksandr Zakatov, the Director of the House of Romanov’s Chancellery, said that the martyrs’ graves were at an Orthodox church in China. “During the Cultural Revolution in China, the church was destroyed. That gives us a hint to the location of the graves”, he added. The New Martyrs of Alapaevsk (or the New Martyrs of the Alapaevsk Mine) were Romanov family members and their companions, the Bolsheviks executed them on the night of 18 July 1918, the day after the massacre of the imperial family, 18 kilometres (11 miles) from the town of Alapaevsk at the Nizhnaya Selimskaya mine, by throwing them down an abandoned mineshaft. On 8 June 2009, the RF General Procurator posthumously rehabilitated all those killed at the Alapaevsk mine.
27 October 2011