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Romanovs Appeal Refusal To Rehabilitate Russia's Last Tsar

(RFE/RL) April 11, 2006 -- Descendants of Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, are appealing a prosecutors' refusal to recognize him and his family as victims of political repression.

The tsar and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The Prosecutor-General's Office refused to "rehabilitate" the Romanovs, citing a lack of evidence that their execution was politically motivated.

A Moscow court is due to hear the appeal April 24.

(compiled from agency reports)