MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Results of expert examination pertaining to the death of Russia’s last Emperor, Nicholas II, and members of the Royal family should not be tied to any historical date or deadlines, since any haste on this issue is strictly ruled out, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill I said on Monday.
He said while taking the floor at the opening session of a conference ‘A Case for the Murder of the Imperial Family: New Expert Studies and Materials. A Discussion’ that opened in the Sretensky monastery in Moscow.
"Haste is totally ruled out in the case all of us are engaged in," Kirill I said. "We should not time it [the release of conclusions - TASS] to public holidays or to the New Year. When we complete the work, then we’ll complete it."
"These results will furnish us with firm evidence in favor of one or another side," he said.
Kirill I noted the significance of the problem of genuineness of remains of the Imperial Family members for the Church. Said he: "It’s bigger than just an issues for us if you take the way this murder was committed, what all of it meant in reality, and whether or not the remains that were found were really those of the Czarist family members."
"This is a matter linked to the spiritual life of our people because the Imperial Family has been canonized and the rank-and-file people venerate it," Kirill I said. "That’s why we don’t have the right for an error."
He thanked everyone taking part in the reinvestigation of the death of Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra and their five children, all of them brutally executed by shooting by Bolshevik revolutionaries in Yekaterinburg in the Urals in July 1918.
Kirill I said he was hopeful that the results of investigation would consolidate the Russian people.