Vandals have damaged the site in the Urals where the remains of two members of the Russian imperial family were found five years ago, a heritage watchdog said on Monday.
The vandals removed a cross and dumped it in a nearby bush in the second act of vandalism at the site in the last two years, said Sergei Pogorelov, a spokesman for the Sverdlovsk region’s Center for the Protection and Use of Listed Buildings.
It was erected on the spot outside Yekaterinburg where the remains of two of Tsar Nicholas II’s children, Tsarevich Aleksei and Tsarevna Maria, were found in July 2007.
The bodies of the Tsarevich and Tsarevna were not among those buried in the mass grave after the Romanov family were murdered by the Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918.
The Tsar, his wife Alexandra, and their five children were proclaimed Orthodox Church saints in 2000.