Russian Supreme Court rehabilitates royal family

Other News Materials 1 October 2008 14:26 (UTC +04:00)

Russia's Supreme Court has rehabilitated Tsar Nicholas II and his family, 90 years after they were killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries, Interfax news agency reported Wednesday. The royal family was the victim of of political repression, the judge said Wednesday in Moscow, according to the Interfax report.

The rehabilitation of the royal family had been rejected many times since the collapse of the Soviet Union on the grounds that there had been no judicial or public decision on the shooting of the Romanovs at the height of the Russian revolution in June 1918, reported dpa. Until Wednesday's decision, the killing had been viewed as a criminal act and not as a political crime.