Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia spoke in a Christmas interview with Rossiya-1 television channel on Sunday, where he said that the expert work on the (presumed) remains of the last Imperial family will be completed on time.
“The expert appraisal will finish when specialists finish it and say: here are the results of all tests. No one is deliberately dragging out this process, but nor anyone is deliberately rushing the scientists who are trying to exhaustively answer the questions that arise all the time,” he said.
The Russian Imperial family was canonised not because Nicholas II was a good ruler or a wise diplomat or a military strategist, but “he was glorified precisely because he accepted death, not just death but this whole terrible part of his life, as a Christian,” Patriarch Kirill said. “He was under arrest, under insults, harassment. He was yesterday’s tsar who lost everything. And what calm diaries, what a calm Christian view on what was happening to him. And that was characteristic not only of him but all members of his family.”