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DNA tests show that remains are those of former Czarist Prince, sister

In Foreign Affairs, History on May 2, 2008 by Editor Z

Irony. On May Day, when socialists, anarchists, and “workers” around the world rally, the remains of Prince Alexia, the son of Russia’s final Czar Nicholas II who was overthrown by the Bolshevics, and his sister the Grand Duchess Maria have been identified, through DNA tests.

The two sets of bones were stumbled upon last Summer in Russian woodlands near Yekaterinburg, a town several hundred miles east of Moscow, where the last absolute monarch of Europe and his family were executed. The remains of Czar Nicholas II, his wife, and three of his daughters were found in 1991, but the remains of the Prince and his sister had remained elusive. The test were conducted by Russian and U.S genetic research teams.

Czar Nicholas II was forced along with his wife Alexandra, their four daughters, and their frail son Prince Alexia, to abdicate from power and were held prisoner until the family was shot by Bolsheviks in 1918.

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