Keep On Rockin’ With the Tsar

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Vadim Viner, professor of the Russian Academy of History and Palaeontology and president of the Ural Centre for Investigation of the Tsar’s Family Murder, claimed that the grave at Ekaterinburg, from which the remains of “the Russian imperial family” were taken in 1991, was created on Josef Stalin’s orders back in 1946. At that time there was a search in the USSR for the hidden gold that had belonged to the Tsar, so there were a lot of pretenders claiming to have survived the execution. The government needed proof of death of all Romanovs, which is why Stalin ordered the creation a false grave. The files containing the pertinent documents are still rated top secret in the FSB archives, Viner stated, with reference to his personal sources. [1]

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Alexander Avdonin “discovered” this Stalin-created mass grave. However, it was not until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that Avdonin and his friend, filmmaker Geli Ryabov, came forward to reveal their secret to the rest of the world. DNA testing of the remains was commissioned by Russian authorities, with Boris Yeltsin being President of the Russian Federation at the time. [2]

During the time of Leonid Brezhnev (ruled 1964 – 1982), 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” of the Romanovs 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.” [3]

In the summer of 2007, three amateur Russian archeologists discovered 44 bone fragments and teeth near the Old Koptyaki Road in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The discovery was approximately 70 meters from the site where Dr. Avdonin had “discovered” the 1946 Stalin-created  false grave. The 2007 discovery was supposedly that of the two missing Romanov children not accounted for by the earlier Avdonin find. [2]

Despite the “DNA evidence” which emerged from these finds of doubtful provenance, a small but vocal number of scientists have raised doubt about the DNA testing. This doubt perhaps played a role in the Russian Orthodox Church’s refusal to accept the identification of the remains in 1998. [2]

The first challenge to the Romanov results came from a Japanese scientist, Tatsuo Nagai, in 1997. Using the handkerchief museum artifact from the failed assassination of then-Tsarevich Nicholas in Japan, Nagai declared that he was able to develop a profile from the cloth and that this profile did not match the results trumpeted via earlier DNA conclusions. [2]

In 1999, a collaborative effort of Nagai and a Russian scientist, Dr. Vyacheslav Popov, again tried to disprove the Romanov testing by examining hair samples that were purported to be from Georgii Romanov. Nagai and colleagues obtained and sequenced 25 hair samples from Georgii and compared the data to the mtDNA sequence established by the Boris Yeltsin crew. The Japanese researchers determined that, on the basis of the sequence data generated, there was no match to the Nicholas mtDNA sequence. [2] Dr. Nagai accused the Russian government of concealing the fact that the bones reburied in Saint Petersburg in the summer of 1998 were not the remains of Nicholas II’s family. [1]

The second challenge to the “DNA evidence” of the Romanov remains came from the laboratory of Dr. Alec Knight at Stanford University. The Knight et al. study was peer-reviewed and published in the journal Annals of Human Biology. [2] Dr. Knight’s team argued “that previous DNA analyses of the purported Romanov remains — nine skeletons unearthed near Ekaterinburg in central Russia — are invalid.” [4]

The story of the bones conveniently recovered in 1991 from the Stalin-created false grave has been discussed in numerous books and journals. One of the most recent, published in Russia in 2011 by Andrei K. Golitsyn, presents all the mistakes made during the excavations and the inconsistencies surrounding the case that lead the readers to believe that the story of the mass grave is a hoax. [1]

Like zombies, however, many bright boys and girls keep echoing, “DNA evidence. Case closed.” By this they mean that all contrary evidence indicating that some or all of the Russian imperial family were not “mass executed” on July 17, 1918 is to be ignored. And yet the infallibility of the supposedly airtight DNA evidence in the Romanov case has been widely questioned. “Interestingly, the story about how the bones first made their appearance in Russia, irregularities at the grave site and the questionable provenance of the putative Romanov samples did not find their way into the press conference or the news stories. Consequently the emphatic announcement of the conclusive DNA analysis obscured some vital facts.” At best tenuous results “were presented to the press as a match and persuaded the media, especially in the West, to announce closure to this long-running mystery.” [5]

(Further background: DNA Evidence NOT Infallible, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of September 8, 2014.)

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Lost Romanov Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia, by Carlos Mundy and Marie Stravlo. Available as a Kindle e-book.
[2] “The identification of the Romanovs: Can we (finally) put the controversies to rest?”, by Michael D. Coble. http://www.investigativegenetics.com/content/2/1/20
[3] The Flight of the Romanovs, by John Curtis Perry and Constantine Pleshakov. New York: Basic Books, 1999
[4] “Finger points to new evidence: Remains may not be Romanovs'”, by Esther Landhuis. Stanford Report, March 3, 2004. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2004/march3/romanov-33.html
[5] The Secret Plot to Save the Tsar, by Shay McNeal. New York: HarperCollins, 2003

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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