A well-known Soviet screenwriter and former policeman says he unearthed the remains of murdered Czar Nicholas II and the czar's family a decade ago and wants to give them a proper burial, the Moscow News reported.

Geli Ryabov told the newspaper he was convinced he had found the remains of the last of the Romanovs in a pit in Sverdlosk in the Ural mountains by the number of corpses, the type of wounds and dental prostheses he found.The bodies had been hidden to keep the burial place from becoming a shrine for monarchist pilgrimages, Ryabov said.

Moscow News published his account in its latest edition Wednesday, with a photo of a blackened skull the paper said Ryabov identified as being that of Nicholas II.