The Church was not leading the investigation of the “Royal remains” – Bishop Tikhon

Moscow. 30 Nov. INTERFAX – Secretary of the Patriarchal Commission on the “Ekaterinburg remains,” Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) has denied the opinion that the Russian Orthodox Church leads the investigation of their belonging to members of the Royal family.

“The Church was not leading the investigation. Nothing like this can not be,” – said Bishop Tikhon on Thursday in his report to the Council of bishops.

He introduced the participants of the high Assembly the interim conclusions of the experts who conduct a reassessment, started a few years ago at the initiative of Patriarch Kirill.

The first investigation undertaken by the state without the participation of the Church took place in the late 1990-ies. Then the experts came to the conclusion about the authenticity found near Yekaterinburg remains, however, their arguments did not convince the Holy Synod, and after more than a dozen years, the Church insisted on the second study, which would be allowed including its representatives.

According to Bishop Tikhon, one of the “obvious shortcomings” of the previous investigations was the lack of historical expertise. Meanwhile, according to the Hierarch, the conclusion is credible when substantiated by facts and documentary evidence.

Before the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest Alexander Volkov said that the examination of the “Yekaterinburg remains” have not yet finished, and started on Wednesday in Moscow the Council of bishops does not accept the final conclusions on this issue. “Discussion at this Council of bishops will have an intermediate character,” he told reporters during a break in the forum.

The priest noticed that the Patriarch was acquainted with the available results of the experts at a scientific conference, held at the Sretensky monastery on Monday, and in the course of its work, the Cathedral will hear the report of Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) on the subject, “but no more”.

Meanwhile, the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion said earlier that the question of the authenticity of the “Ekaterinburg remains,” is likely to be resolved by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2018.