Criminal case on last tsar's murder closed

09:27, January 18, 2011      

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Russia's Investigative Committee announced Monday that it has completed investigation procedures and closed the criminal case on assassination of the last Russian emperor and his family.

"Criminal case was closed on Jan. 14. Identification of the remains of Emperor Nicholas II (Romanov) and his entourage was confirmed," said the committee as quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Romanov and his immediate family were shot in July 1918 in Urals city of Yekaterinburg by the local Bolsheviks' party leaders.

The remains of the tsar's family has been exhumed in 1991 and re-buried in St. Petersburg in 1998.

In October 2008, Russia's Supreme Court ruled to rehabilitate the tsar and his six relatives as the victims of state repressions.

Before this ruling, the death of Romanovs has judicially been considered a "common" killing rather than political repressions.

The building where the execution took place was demolished in 1980s by the order of the then regional party head and later the first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin.

Source: Xinhua

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