US lab says remains of Russia's last tsar authentic

7th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Tsar Nicholas II, his German-born wife Alexandra and their five children were shot dead eight months after the 1917 Russian revolution by Bolshevik police.

Moscow -- The presumed remains of Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, have been declared authentic through DNA testing, a US official said Friday.

DNA from the tsar's remains was compared with that of his son, father and cousin, said Michael Coble of the US armed forces DNA identification laboratory, according to the Interfax news agency.

The results showed the remains unquestionably belonged to Nicholas II, he said.

Tsar Nicholas II, his German-born wife Alexandra and their five children were shot dead eight months after the 1917 Russian revolution by Bolshevik police in the cellars of a house in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, where they were being held prisoner.

Their remains were found in a forest near Yekaterinburg in the closing years of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

The Russian government officially identified the remains as belonging to Nicholas II in 1998, but doubts persisted.

In October this year, Russia's Supreme Court formally rehabilitated Nicholas II, declaring that he and his family were unlawfully killed by Soviet authorities.

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