Associated Press (AP) reported July 15, 1998 on ceremonies in Russia involving the formal burial of supposed remains of Tsar Nicholas II and members of the Russian royal family. But several hundred demonstrators in St. Petersburg marched in protest: “The marchers don’t believe the bones are those of the royal family…” 
And there it started – the “DNA Evidence” shibboleth. No matter how much you probe the puzzle of the supposed “mass execution” of Tsar Nicholas II and his family on July 16-17, 1918, some bright boy (or girl) is certain to arrive, Johnny-come-lately, and trot out the “DNA Evidence” icon.
The latest such bright boy to arrive in the middle of things appeared in an alt.conspiracy newsgroup post dated August 24, 2014. “Stop the movie and rewind to the beginning. I arrived late,” he seemed to demand.
“The Russian Orthodox Church has refused to accept [DNA test results which] scientists believe has conclusively proven the authenticity of the remains,” reported Associated Press back in 1998. 
Some other experts were claiming in 1998 that “the discovery of the [supposedly royal] remains in 1991 was a KGB-inspired fraud.” 
The controversy raging in Russia over whether or not the bones were those of certain Romanovs, supposedly murdered by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg in 1918, caused then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin to abruptly cancel his plans to attend the burial ceremony.
In 2002, Shay McNeal’s book, The Secret Plot to Save the Tsar, first appeared. All future bright boys (and girls) are urged to read this book before they decide to brandish the “DNA Evidence” icon.
The book analyzes the controversy surrounding the DNA of the putative Romanovs. The Russian Orthodox Church and numerous leading DNA scientists, not only in Russia but here in the US as well, refute the official DNA conclusions released in Moscow. The western press failed to report that the Russian Orthodox Church refused to allow the bones, upon which the DNA testing was conducted, to be buried as Romanovs. In fact, the patriarch instructed the priest who officiated at the burial to simply call them ‘Christian Victims of the Revolution.’ Renowned scientists like Dr. Lev Zhivotovsky, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow (the home of the leading intellectuals in all of Russia) presented to the Duma, the Russian Parliament, his non-acceptance of the DNA findings. In the US, Dr. William Shields, a consultant to the families of the MIAs in the Viet Nam War, also states his non-acceptance of the official DNA conclusions. 
The “Sokolov Box” amounts to lead containers brought from Ekaterinburg to Europe in 1920 by investigator Nicholas Sokolov. On July 26, 2012, Interfax reported how House of Romanov spokesman Alexander Zakatov had stated, “We have learnt that material evidence – a report by investigator Nikolay Sokolov – was discovered in Brussels some time ago, when the church built in commemoration of the martyr-tsar was being restored.” 
The “Sokolov Box” were lead containers found when a wall of the church was being restored in Brussels, and one carried a letter about the history of this material evidence. 
“We hope a new investigation will lead us to more objective results than those obtained by a commission in 1998,” Zakatov added. 
Yet in spite of the “Sokolov Box”, as of August 9, 2013, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Church and Society Relations, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, said that the Russian Orthodox Church still has doubts regarding secular experts’ conclusions that the human remains found near the city of Ekaterinburg belonged to the Russian Imperial Family members. 
The House of Romanov head, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, will only recognize the remains buried at the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg as those of the royal family if the Russian Orthodox Church says they are authentic. And as of at least August 9, 2013 the ROC had not done so. 
Tsarevich Alexei Romanov, who seems to have surfaced in 1961 under the name Michal Goleniewski, would have been at that time heir to the Russian throne. (Background: Tsar Loses A Tooth, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of August 24, 2014.)
Goleniewski died on July 12, 1993.  Apparently, at least as of 2013, the House of Romanov head, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, is heir to the throne. (But I could be wrong about that.)
During the time of Leonid Brezhnev, a revival of interest in the monarchy caused the Communists to seek to obliterate all vestiges of the Romanovs. “Destroy the Ipatiev house!” came the order from the later overthrown Communist government. The Ipatiev house was where the Tsar mystery began, for it was at that location in Ekaterinburg that the supposed “mass execution” took place in 1918. Guess who carried out the orders to obliterate the Ipatiev house? Boris Yeltsin! He “had it destroyed at night and the site paved with asphalt.” 
And it was this same Boris Yeltsin who, as Russia’s President, presided over the miraculous “DNA Evidence” which bright boys (and girls) ignorantly brandish as if it were a sacred icon.
——- Sources ——-
 “Eighty years after death of Russia’s last czar, burial.” AP, July 15, 1998.
 “Last Tsar’s burial splits family, State and Church.” London Telegraph, Electronic Edition, 7/15/98.
 “The Truth Behind the Romanov Mystery”, http://www.shaymcneal.com/romanovbones.html
 “The ‘Sokolov Box’: may or may not contain Imperial remains”, posted by J. Kendrick. Royal Forums, July 26, 2012. http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f80/the-sokolov-box-may-or-may-not-contain-imperial-remains-33543.html
 “ROC Still Doubts Authenticity of Russian Royal Family Remains”, Interfax, August 9, 2013
 “Michael Goleniewski”, Wikipedia, August 24, 2014
 The Flight of the Romanovs, by John Curtis Perry and Constantine Pleshakov. New York: Basic Books, 1999