A Moscow court has ordered prosecutors to reconsider their refusal to rehabilitate Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, and his family and formally declare them victims of political repression.

The Tverskoi District Court called the prosecutor general's refusal to consider the petition illegal.

The prosecutor general's office had agreed that the family's executions were illegal, but cited a lack of evidence of politically motivated repression in the deaths.

A Bolshevik firing squad executed the imperial family in July of 1918. The remains of most of the family were buried in St. Petersburg's Peter and Paul Cathedral 80 years later, in 1998. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized the czar, his wife Alexandra and their five children.

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