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Former Deputy Prime Minister, fierce opponent of Vladimir Putin, and one time chairman of the State Romanov Commission has been reported killed in a Moscow street near the Kremlin ... shot four times in the back by a drive-by assassin...

See: http://tass.ru/en/russia/780177

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News Links / Cossacks modern day march on Paris...
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:49:02 AM »
So... The Cossacks have picked Alexei's 108th birthday to start a bicentennial march on Paris....

See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/9470749/Cossacks-set-off-on-historic-ride-from-Moscow-to-Paris.html

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 From Today's Interfax

2012-07-26 16:54:00
New proof will hopefully end dispute over royal remains authenticity - House of Romanov (updated)


Moscow, July 26, Interfax - The House of Romanov will be guided by the Russian Orthodox Church's position on the authenticity of the remains of the family of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II.

The House of Romanov head, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, will recognize the remains buried at the Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg as those of the royal family, if the Russian Orthodox Church says they are authentic, the House of Romanov spokesman Alexander Zakatov told Interfax on Thursday.

The Russian Orthodox Church and the House of Romanov have not recognized yet that the remains are authentic, citing the absence of sufficient evidence.

It emerged on Thursday that the Moscow Patriarchate may change its position on the "Yekaterinburg remains."

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told the Holy Synod in Kiev on Thursday that important information has arrived from New York, where the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is headquartered, connected with circumstances of the death of the imperial family. "I hope these circumstances will help shape our position, including on the so-called 'Yekaterinburg remains,'" the Russian Patriarch said.

"We have learnt that material evidence - a report by investigator Nikolay Sokolov, [who probed the execution of the royal family in 1919 on commission from Admiral Alexander Kolchak] - was discovered in Brussels some time ago, when the church built in commemoration of the martyr-tsar was being restored," Zakatov said.

"Perhaps these materials and additional tests will throw light on some aspects of the situation. It would be premature to speculate on radical change, but Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna has been informed of the latest developments by Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia," he said.

"We hope a new investigation will lead us to more objective results than those obtained by a commission in 1998," he added.

"The Russian Orthodox Church's refusal to recognize the Yekaterinburg remains as authentic were due to serious doubts. If these doubts are dispelled, the church will probably change its position. And in this case the head of the House of Romanov will join the church in recognizing the remains as authentic," Zakatov said.

He said that lead containers were found when a wall of the church was being restored in Brussels, and one carried a letter about the history of this material evidence, he said.

"Investigator Sokolov handed the material evidence to Prince Shirinsky-Shikhmatov at one time. Then the prince's son handed it over to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. It was initially kept at an Orthodox church in Paris and was then passed to the church under construction in Brussels," Zakatov said.

"The lead containers carried glass jars filled with soil from the Ganina Yama site where the bodies of the royal family and their domestic servants were burned," he said.

"The glass jars are filled with soil and clay mixed with tissues that remained after the bodies were burned. This provides certain genetic matter for further tests," he said.

Eleven people, including members of the Russian Imperial Family and people from their entourage, were shot at the Urals regional council presidium's order in the early hours of July 17, 1918.

A grave with nine bodies was found on Staraya Koptyakovskaya Road near Yekaterinburg in July 1991. The remains were identified as those of Emperor Nicholas II, his 46-year-old wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, their daughters Olga, 22, Tatyana, 21, and Anastasia, 17, and their servants Yevgeny Botkin, 53, Anna Demidova, 40, Aloizy Trupp, 62, and Ivan Kharitonov, 48.

The remains of two more people were discovered during archaeological excavation works 70 kilometers south of the first grave on July 26, 2007. The remains have still not been buried, but numerous expert analyses indicate that the remains were most likely those of Crown Prince Alexei and his sister Maria.

The Presidium of the Russian Supreme Court ruled to rehabilitate Nicholas II and his family members on October 1, 2008.

The Investigative Committee said in January 2011 that it had completed an investigation into the death of Nicholas II, his family members and entourage and closed the criminal case.

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News Links / Maria Vladimirovna calls for new investigation
« on: September 20, 2010, 09:02:42 AM »
From Interfax/Religion:
20 September 2010, 15:52
Romanov family wants new probe into Nicholas II killing

Moscow, September 20, Interfax - The Romanov family is demanding a new criminal case to investigate the killing of Russia's last Tsar and his family.

"There needs to be a new criminal case and a new investigator," Alexander Zakatov, director of the Romanov family chancellery, told Interfax on Monday.

"There is a need to make a final decision on who the people whose remains were found in Yekaterinburg were and who is buried in the St. Petersburg Peter and Paul Cathedral. The state, church, and the Romanov family need to reach a single opinion. Russian society should have no doubts about the remains," Zakatov said.

In late August, the Moscow Basmanny Court reversed the decision made by an investigator with the Investigative Committee on January 15, 2009, to close the criminal case on the basis of the Romanov family killing. The Investigative Committee did not contest the decision.

On October 1, 2008, the Russian Supreme Court made a decision to rehabilitate Nicholas II and his family. On January 15, 2009, the Investigative Committee issued an order to close the criminal case.

The Romanov family disagreed with the Investigative Committee's decision that the Romanovs fell victims of an ordinary crime, saying they were killed on behalf of the state.

The Romanov family earlier said it is not ready to recognize the authenticity of the remains believed to be those of the Romanovs, which were found near Yekaterinburg, saying it would be guided by the position of the Russian Orthodox Church on this matter.

The Romanovs and people close to them (11 people in total) were shot and killed on a decision made by the Urals Council in the early hours of July 17, 1918.

See: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7719

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News Links / Georgy wants the Ekaterinburg remains re-examined
« on: February 24, 2010, 07:13:05 PM »
Okay... So... What gives here? Why is Georgy, of all people, now calling for a re-examination of the Ekaterinburg remains? What could possibly be his motive?

From Today's Interfax
24 February 2010, 16:18
House of Romanovs wants royal remains to be re-examined
Please See: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6964

Moscow, February 24, Interfax - The House of Romanovs has said it wants to re-examine what is thought to be the remains of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family found in Yekaterinburg.

"Unfortunately, there is too much confusion in this case and some serious errors were made when the Yekaterinburg remains were being identified," Prince Georgy Mikhailovich, the son of the Romanovs' House head Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Many of the facts uncovered suggest that the Commission was staging a political show for a date, rather than working to establish the truth," Romanov said.

The remains were buried in St. Petersburg in 1998 in haste and in defiance of the opinion of the Russian Orthodox Church and the House of Romanovs, he said.

"No satisfactory answers have been provided to the ten questions, formulated by independent scholars and referred to the Commission back in 1998 by the late Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II.

Meanwhile, those were questions, which interested not only experts, but also people and millions of believers. The Church needed to console these people instead of leaving them with a feeling of having been deceived. The Commission did not care. There was a farce instead of an act of repentance and purification," he said.

The remains' authenticity must be further studied, Romanov said.

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News Links / NYTimes: DNA Evidence can be fabricated...
« on: August 21, 2009, 04:47:33 PM »
Well... Since no one else has yet dared to post this...

It must be true.  It's in the New York Times.   ;-)

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show

By Andrew Pollack
Published: August 17, 2009

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.

“You can just engineer a crime scene,” said Dan Frumkin, lead author of the paper, which has been published online by the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. “Any biology undergraduate could perform this.”...

See the complete article at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/science/18dna.html?_r=1

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If they ever check the DNA profile of the heir for the confirmation or otherwise of the alleged condition then so be it. But as we know the imperial lines in Europe suffered now and then form this condition and it given all the facts and on the balance of probability the same is for Alexis.


So it is now popularly believed... but it has never been proved by any scientific laboratory means at all... not in Alexei... and not in any of the other very small number of males in just three generations of Queen Victoria's family line who are now popularly believed to have suffered from the disease.

Without any DNA proof at all that the Empress Alexandra may have been a carrier and her son may have been a sufferer of the disease, the still unproven claim of hemophilia in the Royal family line is, in actual fact, nothing more than unconfirmed palace gossip... gossip that has now been told over and over so many times during the past century that everyone now blindly accepts it as truth without ever once daring to question it... and without any scientific or medical laboratory proof of any sort whatsoever.

It is not just Alexei whose alleged hemophilia is in question.  It is the entire story of the alleged hemophilia in those three short generations from Prince Leopold to Alexei that still must be proved with proper scientific laboratory evidence of that long-suspected faulty X-linked gene.

Without that same laboratory proof, the entire hemophilia story -- right from beginning to end -- will never be anything more, in fact, than the unconfirmed palace gossip that it remains to this very day.

... and this subject rightfully belongs in a thread about hemophilia... not in any threads about claimants.

JK

 

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News Links / Forensic Science Service DNA Lab ... Not Perfect?
« on: February 21, 2007, 08:55:58 PM »
From The Telegraph
February, 22, 2007

2,000 crime files reopened after DNA blunders

By John Steele, Crime Correspondent

Up to 2,000 cases of violent crime, including rapes and murders, are to be reviewed to discover whether forensic scientists missed DNA evidence which could have convicted dangerous criminals.

Chief constables in 43 police forces in England and Wales have been asked to look for cases between 2000 and 2005 where they expected, but failed, to find certain types of DNA evidence.

The review has been launched after detectives reinvestigating the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992 found that the Forensic Science Service (FSS) had failed to find DNA pointing to a suspect on evidence from Miss Nickell.

A rival forensic agency, using the same evidence, made the vital discovery. It used a different application of the DNA technology - Low Copy Number (LCN) analysis, which can identity DNA profiles in scraps of human tissue.

A mental patient detained for murdering a young mother and her daughter is expected to be charged with killing Miss Nickell. The Home Office, which ultimately controls the FSS, has demanded an explanation for its failure.

See:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/22/ndna22.xml

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News Links / Russian Orthodox Churches to Reconcile
« on: January 03, 2007, 11:09:08 AM »
From Associated Press --

(12-26) 18:43 PST MOSCOW, Russia --

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate and a breakaway church-in-exile will formally reconcile in May, ending a split that dates back to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Russian news reports said Tuesday.

Russian Patriarch Alexy II and Metropolitan Laurus, the New York-based leader of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, will sign a document formalizing the reunification before conducting a joint service in Moscow on May 17.

Each church would maintain their own council of bishops, but priests could participate and lead Mass in both churches. The churches also could cooperate with religious education, youth programs and missionary activities.


From Itar-Tass --

MOSCOW, December 26  - The ceremony of reunification of the Russian Church will be held on May 17, 2007.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has passed the decision at a meeting in Moscow chaired by the Patriarch Alexy II on Tuesday.

According to an agreement, Patriarch Alexy II, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad Metropolitan Laurus will sign an Act on Canonical Communication and officiate a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin.

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News Links / Interfax: Re: Empress Marie
« on: September 13, 2006, 11:02:04 PM »
Exhibition of personal belongings of Empress Mariya Fyodorovna of Russia opens in Moscow

MOSCOW.  Sept  12 (Interfax) - An exhibition of personal belongings
of Empress  Mariya  Fyodorovna  of  Russia,  the  late  wife  of Emperor
Alexander  III  of  Russia,  will  open  at  the State Central Museum of
Contemporary History of Russia in Moscow on September 14....

See full story:
http://www.interfax.com/3/192391/news.aspx

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News Links / Itar-Tass Re: Empress Marie's repatriation
« on: August 12, 2006, 05:52:30 PM »
From ITAR-TASS

Russia, Denmark discuss transfer of Russian empress’ remains

09.August.2006, 21.48

ST. PETERSBURG, August 9 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia’s State King-of-Arms Georgy Vilinbakhov met with Dutch officials in Copenhagen has discussed the details of the first stage of a ceremony in which the remains of Empress Maria Fyodorovna will be transferred to Russia.

The ceremony will begin in Denmark in the evening of September 22....

http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=10693996&PageNum=0

JK

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