The tomb of the younger brother of Russia's last czar will be opened so genetic tests can be done by experts identifying the remains of the slain monarch, the newspaper Izvestia reported Saturday.
British experts concluded last year that bones found in a pit outside Yekaterinburg in 1991 were those of Czar Nicholas II, his wife and three of his five children.The czar and his family were murdered by the Bolsheviks in July 1918.
Izvestia said officials fear the Russian public still has doubts about the identities of the bodies, so they want to compare genetic material from Grand Prince Georgy Alexandrovich with material from the czar's bones. The prince died in 1899 of tuberculosis.
Investigators have obtained permission to open the prince's tomb in Petropavlovsk Cathedral in St. Petersburg, the report said. It did not say when the tomb would be opened.