(Interfax) Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk and Vice-Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (Moscow Patriarchate) told Interfax Russia on Friday that the attempts to rehabilitate the Tsar Martyr Nicholas II of Russia were “petty and lacking in substance” and arguing that the MP’s recent canonization of the Royal Family was sufficient evidence of rehabilitation. (Article here)
However, the Royal Family, from a legal standpoint in Russia, are not considered victims of political repression, though they were brutally murdered at gunpoint in July 1918 by the Bolsheviks.
The Russian prosecutor’s office said last week in response to a legal request to rehabilitate the Royal Family that “There is no authentic evidence of the existence of any official decisions by judiciary or non-judiciary authorities that politically motivated repression was exercised against (Nicholas and his family), evidence that is required by current rehabilitation legislation. This prevents us from recognizing (the royal family) as victims of political repression and from issuing a decision on their rehabilitation.” (Article Here for Moscow News)