Russians rule Romanovs cannot be rehabilitated

8th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2007, Moscow (dpa) - The Russian Supreme Court has ruled that the murdered family members of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II are not subject to rehabilitation, the Russian press agency Interfax reported Thursday. The rehabilitation as "victims of political repression" of the Romanov family shot dead by Bolshevik forces in 1918 was rejected on the grounds that the Romanovs had never been charged with a crime and had not been sentenced in a court of law before their death. Nicholas II, the last

8 November 2007

Moscow (dpa) - The Russian Supreme Court has ruled that the murdered family members of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II are not subject to rehabilitation, the Russian press agency Interfax reported Thursday.

The rehabilitation as "victims of political repression" of the Romanov family shot dead by Bolshevik forces in 1918 was rejected on the grounds that the Romanovs had never been charged with a crime and had not been sentenced in a court of law before their death.

Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, was killed with his family by revolutionary Communist forces in 1918.

German Lukyanov, a lawyer for the House of Romanov, announced that the family would be taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Human rights groups in Moscow criticized the decision taken a day after the 90th anniversary of the Socialist October Revolution.

"Of course, the Romanovs were victims of political repression. They were shot by people, who had power," said Ludmilla Alexeyeva, the director of a Moscow-Helsinki human rights group.

Director of Memorial, a Russian human rights organization, Arseni Roginksi, said that the court had made a political decision, not a judicial one, and had not looked back at all the documents in the archive.

The organization has repeatedly criticized the lack of examination of state crimes in the former Soviet Union.

DPA

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