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Moscow, November 14, Interfax - It is to early to draw any conclusion concerning the human remains discovered near Yekaterinburg, which need an unbiased and fair expertise, a Russian Orthodox spokesman says.

‘Commenting on something that is not happened yet is basically wrong and hardly possible. We should first wait the experts to finish their work,’ the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations' communication service Fr. Mikhail Prokopenko told Interfax.

‘We hope that the experts’ work will not be motivated by some here-and-now necessities, however important somebody may believe them to be, but rather by the need to have historic truth unveiled for people,’ he added.

He said his hope was that the expertise of the remains would be done ‘in an unbiased, fair, and highly scientific manner, without any rush or short-term factors or reservation.’

‘We should not prompt the experts to any particular conclusions, especially by using the media to form an atmosphere of anxious expectation,’ he said.

As it was reported on Tuesday, the investigators inclines to the suggestion that the remains found in a grave near Yekaterinburg in July 2007 belong to children of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II.

‘We work with archives in Moscow and Yekaterinburg. We check who could be executed or disappear without a trace in 1920s and 1930s. Yet the main theory now is that the remains may belong to Tsarevich Alexey and Princess Maria,’ the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office’s senior major case investigator Vladimir Solovyov said during a press-conference at Interfax-Ural.

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