Moscow court to hear appeal against closure of Nicholas II murder case in May

Interfax-29 April 2010, 14:25

Moscow, April 29, Interfax - The Moscow City Court on May 12 will hear an appeal, challenging a court ruling, supporting the decision to close the criminal case related to the murder of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family.

The court was to hear the complaint, filed by Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna's defense lawyer, on Wednesday. But the judges argued that they would need time to read the complaint. The ruling alone is laid down in three volumes, they said.

Moscow's Basmanny Court on March 19 turned down defense lawyer German Lukyanov's complaint against the decision to close the case of murder of Nicholas II and his family.

"The court took the side of the Prosecutor General's Office and of the federal prosecutor's Investigation Department, disregarding the ruling by the Supreme Court Presidium to rehabilitate Nicholas II and his family," Lukyanov told Interfax then.

The family of the last Russian emperor and his nearest entourage - eleven people in all - were shot on July 17, 1918.

On October 1, 2008 the Supreme Court Presidium ruled to rehabilitate Nicholas II and his family members. But on January 15, 2009, a court ruling was passed to close the criminal case of the Romanov family murder.

The House of Romanov disagreed with the conclusion of the Investigation Department that the royal family had fallen victim to plain criminals, and argued that the tsar and his relatives were killed by the regime.


Joanna Higginbotham said...

Well, this makes things clearer for me. I misunderstood before thinking that the Romanov House wanted more investigating into the authenticity of the relics. But now I see what they want is that blame for their murders is officially put on the regime and not on some supposed thugs.

This just may be Russia's last call to repentance.

0ur long-suffering God...

mmcxristidis said...

I was under the same misunderstanding from previous articles I had read. This article does make thing clearer