Tsar Alexander III's remains to be tested
A group of experts are to take DNA samples of the body of Tsar Alexander III to confirm the identity of his family.
The royal family, including Nicholas II – Alexander III's son, was killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918 and the bodies burned and buried.
The scientists hope to identify the remains once and for all, as the family have since been recognized as martyrs by the Roman Orthodox Church.
If their identity is conclusively proven, they will become holy relics.
Vladimir Solovyov, a forensics expert, comments: "We have discussed how to do this in an extremely tactful way so as not to destroy the cultural heritage.”
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