This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2018
One of the sessions of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church with the participation of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will be held this summer in Ekaterinburg. “This year several meetings of the Synod will be held in different cities across Russia. This is due to the development which is currently taking place in the Russian Church, in particular the creation of new dioceses and metropolies. The assembly of the supreme body of church management will be held Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk” said the press secretary of the patriarch, priest Alexander Volkov.
According to the priest, all the meetings listed “will have a planned agenda.” In Ekaterinburg, the meeting of the Holy Synod “will finally make a decision to recognize the royal remains.”
It is now confirmed that Patriarch Kirill will take part in the centenary on the night of 16/17 July 2018, and unconfirmed rumours that Russian President Vladimir Putin will also participate in the events marking the 100th anniversary of the Romanovs’ murders.
According to a number of Russian media sources, His Holiness plans to link his visit to Ekaterinburg to officially recognize the remains found on the Koptyakovskaya road, on the centenary of the Romanov family’s demise. Genetic expertise has long confirmed this, but the Russian Orthodox Church has so far avoided putting an end to one of the most painful issues for Russia in the 20th century.
The family of the Emperor Nicholas II who abdicated in 1917 from the Russian throne (the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the Grand Duchesses – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, Tsesarevich Alexei) and the servants (the family doctor Eugene Botkin, the maid Anna Demidova, the cook Ivan Kharitonov, the lackey Aloisius Trupp), were shot on the night of 16/17 July 1918 in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.
It is well known that their remains were taken to the north-western outskirts of Ekaterinburg, in the Ganina Yama tract, where the murderers attempted to destroy the bodies with acid and fire. This was not accomplished, so the bodies were then transported a few more kilometres away and buried in the Porosenkov Log on the old Koptyakovskaya Road.
In 1978, the area was excavated by a group headed by the Ural geologist Alexander Avdonin, who worked under the patronage of the assistant to the head of the Ministry of the Interior of the USSR, Heliya Ryabova. The remains were unearthed and presented to the public only in 1991. However, to this day the ROC does not recognize them, believing that the bodies of the Imperial family were in fact destroyed at Ganina Yama.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 March 2018