Russian archaeologists claim to have found bones of last tsar's son

Russian archaeologists have claimed to have found the bones of the son and heir of Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, who was killed with his family by revolutionary Communist forces in 1918, Interfax news agency reported.

Russian archaeologists claim to have found bones of last tsar's son
Russian archaeologists have claimed to have found the bones of the son and heir of Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, who was killed with his family by revolutionary Communist forces in 1918, Interfax news agency reported.

The bones, possibly those of Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich and his sister, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, were being forensically studied in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

Russia's ruling Romanov family was shot dead by Bolshevik forces in the middle of July 1918.

During their search for the remains of the royal family, the archaeologists stumbled on a classified document in which the chief of the unit that executed them, Yakov Yurovsky, described the sequence of events.

The bodies of nine of the 11 family members were doused with sulphuric acid to prevent them being recognized and then buried.

The bodies of the tsarevich and his sister were taken to a separate site for burial.

The remains of the royal family were discovered near Yekaterinburg in 1991 and exhumed, but Alexei and Maria's bones were not among them.

There have always been doubts over whether the remains that were found were actually the Romanovs.

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