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Russia: Church Planned On Site Of Tsar's Execution

Yekaterinburg, 3 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - In Russia today, plans were announced to erect a memorial church at the site where the country's last tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed.

The governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Eduard Rossel, signed a decree approving plans by the Russian Orthodox Church to build the church in the Urals city of Ekaterinburg.

Rossel's press service told Interfax news agency today that the decree guarantees the support of the regional authorities for the project.

Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed in 1918 in a house in Ekaterinburg. Their remains were found in the late 1980s buried in a field not far from the city.

The Russian government is expected to announce soon a decision on where the remains will be formally buried. Governor Rossel has said Nicholas the II and his family should be laid to rest in Ekaterinburg.