The Bodies of Nicholas II and Alexandra Are Exhumed

The bodies of two Russian royals have been exhumed as the country’s authorities reopen an investigation into the family’s murder.

Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra were killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918, alongside their daughters Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia and their son, Alexei.

On Wednesday, investigators took samples from the remains of Nicholas and Alexandra in a bid to confirm the identification of Alexei’s and Maria’s remains.

While Nicholas, Alexandra and three of their daughters were found in a mass grave in the Urals in 1991 and identified by DNA testing seven years later, the remains thought to be those of Alexei and Maria were not found until 2007.