December 9, 2009

Remains of Nicholas II Children Must Be Buried

St. Petersburg, 7 December 2009, Interfax - The House of Romanov is concerned about the delayed burial of the remains of Tsarevich Alexey and Grand Duchess Maria which are being stored in Yekaterinburg.

"My brother, Nikolay Romanovich, is very much concerned. The delayed burial is not Christian. Every religion, Buddhism or Islam, have their own burial canons that must be observed," Prince Dmitry Romanov, a descendant of Emperor Nicholas I, told Interfax.

Hopefully, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian President will accelerate the process, he said.

In the opinion of the Romanov royal family, the remains should be buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. But Prince Dmitry Romanov would support the remains being buried in Yekaterinburg.

"If a decision is made to bury them in Yekaterinburg, we will support that," he said.

Fragments of bones and teeth were found in archaeological excavations near Yekaterinburg on July 29, 2007. Russian and international experts confirmed that the remains belonged to Tsarevich Alexey and Grand Duchess Maria.