Russian court orders 'rehabilitation' of czar

Necessary to overcome bloody Soviet-era legacy
In a move that both monarchists and human rights activists say is necessary for Russia to overcome its legacy of Soviet-era bloodshed, the country’s highest court has ruled that Nicholas II, Russia’s last czar, and his family were victims of political repression.

The October 1 ruling by the appeals presidium of the Russian Supreme Court ends a years-long legal battle led by members of the Romanov family. The presidium ruled that Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, along with their four daughters and son, were victims of “groundless repression” in 1917 and ordered their rehabilitation.

In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized the murdered Romanovs as “holy passion bearers” because of what the church said was their steadfast faith in the face of death.

 

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