The results of the investigation
Ivan Antonovich together with the family has been brought to Kholmogory in 1744 at four-year-old age and was held separately from the parents under supervision of Major Miller.
In 1756 when he was 15 years old, sergeant Nikolay Savin, following the order of empress Elizaveta Petrovna, has secretly brought him to Schlisselborg fortress near St. Petersburg, where he has been held for 8 more years in an imprisonment until 1764. Unsuccessful attempt of lieutenant Mirovich to release Ivan Antonovich in the night of July the 4th, 1764 has ended with his murder.
After the murder, Ivan VI has been temporarily buried in Schlisselborg fortresses, and later, following the rumors, was taken out to the Tikhvin monastery and buried near to the church porch of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church. The searches of the body lead in Schlisselborg fortress under the order of Emperor Alexander I, did not bring any results.
Until now the burial place of Emperor Ivan VI is unknown.
1. The coffin suits for transportation.
The coffin, which was found in Kholmogory, is 1,84 m long. It is located at a distance of 1.5 m along wall of the altar part of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church. And it is oriented from the East to the West.
The bottom of the coffin was in depth of 1,7 - 1,8 meters.
Researches attention attracted considerable size of the coffin and its design. Other ancient coffins were found nearby and they were made in form of "domovina". It is a part of an integral tree with the hollowed middle and closed by a cover. Their sizes were significantly less from 0,5 m up to 1,6 m. Design wise the coffin was in form of hexahedron, wider in a head part and narrowed to the legs.