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5 Dec, 2008 05:45

Boffins confirm authenticity of Last Tsar’s remains

A final genetic examination has proved the authenticity of the remains of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, which were found in 1991 in the Urals. The results were announced by American scientist Michael Coble, who was in charge of the research.

He said the genetic profile of the remains fully corresponds with the DNA from a blood stain found on Nicholas II’s shirt. 

A notification about the remains carrying signs of violent death was sent to the prosecutor’s office in 1999. It was then suggested that remains might be those of the Last Tsar.

Three genetic examinations have been carried out in the UK, the U.S. and Russia. Later the Hermitage provided a shirt belonging to Romanov, which he wore during his trip to Japan in 1891. The stain was the result of being wounded by a policeman in the city of Otsu.

Later, in 2007, came an announcement about the discovery of the remains of the Tsar’s family. In the summer of 2008 the prosecutor’s office made public indirect evidence of the remains belonging to Prince Aleksey and Grand Duchess Maria.

Nicholas II and his family were gunned down by the Bolsheviks in June 1918 in Ekaterinburg.