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Yeltsin Won’t Attend Czar’s Burial

July 15, 1998

Who is expected to attend and who is staying away from Friday’s burial ceremony for Czar Nicholas II and his family:



President Boris Yeltsin

Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko

Any representative of the Russian parliament or the Communist Party

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II

Georgy Hohenzollern-Romanov, who claims to be heir to the throne

Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, Georgy’s mother, who considers herself guardian of the throne


Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov and Culture Minister Natalya Dementyeva, official representatives of the Russian government

Nicholas Romanovich Romanov, head of the Romanov Family Association, and about three dozen other Romanov relatives

U.S. Ambassador James Collins, among about 120 international diplomats

Prince Michael of Kent, representing the British royal family

Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist

Alexander Lebed and Grigory Yavlinsky, presidential aspirants

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