n 1991, the remains of Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and three of their daughters—who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918—were found buried in a forest near Yekaterinburg, Russia. Subsequent DNA analysis positively identified them, and the royals were buried with great pomp in a Saint Petersburg cathedral. Despite a similar DNA identification, however, the remains of Crown Prince Alexei, heir to the Russian throne, and his sister Maria—found buried in a separate grave in 2007—remain in limbo in a state archive. In order to bury them, the Russian government must appease the powerful Orthodox Church, which is requiring further investigation before it formally recognizes the Romanov remains as genuine. As part of that effort, Russian investigators are currently examining the 121-year-old grave of Nicholas’ father, Czar Alexander III, in preparation for a full exhumation.