Experts: Russian royals survived execution

July 17, 2008 at 10:58 AM
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MOSCOW, July 17 (UPI) -- Russian experts say they have uncovered physical evidence some members of the Romanov family survived when the royals were executed 90 years ago.

Thursday marked the 90th anniversary of the slaying of the royal family.

Studies in a number of Russian, Austrian and U.S. laboratories revealed tooth and bone particles dug up last summer are those of two children of Czar Nicholas II, CNN reported Thursday.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said the remains of the last emperor's only son, Crown Prince Alexei, 13, and his sister Grand Duchess Maria, aged about 19, were discovered near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

"The remains that were found belong to Alexei and Maria. We can say that with certainty," said Vladimir Solovyov, a senior investigator with the committee.

The czar's family was killed in the cellar of a Yekaterinburg home July 17, 1918, by a faction of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labor Party which later made up the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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