Great Danger To Marga Boodts

Review In Presence Of Grand Duke Nicholas (1914-1918)

By 1923, sixteen Russian emigrant groups had united around Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, nicknamed “Nikolasha”. In the short video clip hopefully embedded above, if you look closely, Nikolasha is the very tall officer. An anti-Bolshevik underground was to be placed in Russia, headed by General Alexander Kutepov. Kutepov also headed Nikolasha’s intelligence group. Agents were sent to Russia. Revenge from the Reds seemed likely. [1]

The symbolism of colors in the Russian fight between the Reds and the Whites originated from the French Revolution: red was the color of the revolutionaries; white was the color of Bourbon loyalists. [1]

Nikolasha was well-protected at Choigny, a small castle 20 miles outside of Paris. He was under the protection of the French secret police as well as by a small number of faithful Cossack retainers. [2] Because Nikolasha was well guarded at Choigny, Moscow could not feasibly kidnap him. So, the Soviets hatched a deception: a fake operation called Trest. Operation Trest aimed to convince Nikolasha’s people that a powerful anti-Bolshevik group already existed in Russia. This group purportedly wanted to join forces with Nikolasha’s organization. Secret agent Alexander Yakushev, a former tsarist bureaucrat and now a turncoat, leaked to a former student, Yuri Artamonov, the bait of there being “a powerful monarchist underground called Trest” operating in Russia. Artamonov, powerful in the Supreme Monarchists Council, became the duped channel between the supposed Trest (really Soviet counter-intelligence) and emigrant monarchists in Berlin and Paris. Circles of the White Guard, pledged to protect the monarchy, began to be penetrated by Red spies. General Kutepov himself was fooled by the fake Trest operation. [1]

Yakushev, the Soviet agent provocateur, gained access to Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich. Dmitry then, in turn, recommended Yakushev to Nikolasha. In 1923, Yakushev was admitted to Nikolasha’s fortified compound at Choigny. “Your Highness, you are the trump card,” fawned Yakushev. Stana, wife of Nikolasha, was caught up with enthusiasm. She urged, “It is time to pack and sneak into Russia.” [1]

Nikolasha and Kutepov, however, decided to double-check the information about a powerful underground resistance in Russia. They sent their own secret agents there to assess the situation. Reports coming back from these agents were favorable insofar as peasant general opinion. The peasants at least still loved the Romanovs. Late in 1923, Nikolasha and Kutepov decided to activate their plan to overthrow the Bolsheviks. Moscow was the key: the military and bureaucracy would be lured in; Soviet leaders would be assassinated. Once Moscow had fallen, the peasants would join the uprising. Then Nikolasha himself would cross into Russia. [1]

The double-dealing Yakushev again visited Nikolasha at Choigny. He requested $10 million for the phony Trest group. The Soviet aim was to drain the treasury of the White Guard. But the $10 million was refused to Yakushev and “Trest“. Instead Nikolasha urged “good faith” assassinations of some Bolshevik leaders. This would be proof to Nikolasha that the Trest group was bonafide. [1]

In April 1927, Trest was exposed by two Soviet defectors. Furious, Nikolasha and Kutepov sent their own terrorists into Russia. These former White officers set off explosives in some places, but overall were ineffective. An estimated 80 percent of these secret monarchist terrorists were killed. [1]

The secret Nikolasha/Kutepov force continued its terrorist attempts inside Russia. When Nikolasha died in 1929, General Kutepov became sole head of the organization. Josef Stalin, Soviet dictator, feared Kutepov and wanted him captured and brought to Moscow. On January 26, 1930, Kutepov was told by a trusted associate, General Steifon, that two members of the anti-Bolshevik network in Russia were waiting downstairs in a taxi. But Steifon was a traitor and the two in the taxi were Soviet agents. A third Red agent, disguised as a French policeman, stood nearby. Kutepov was abducted into the taxi, drugged, and driven to the English channel. There, he was put aboard a Soviet freighter. A dreadful fate seemed to await Kutepov in Moscow: torture, a show trial, and execution. But Stalin’s wish to have Kutepov alive in Moscow was ruined by a miscalculation of drug dosage: Kutepov died onboard the Russian freighter before it could reach the USSR. [1]

A General Miller became the new chief of the anti-Bolshevik exiled forces. Stalin wanted Miller captured alive and brought to Moscow, but the arrangements took some time. Meanwhile, Miller kept sending secret agents into Russia and used their information to scheme for the overthrow of the Bolsheviks. The scenario used against General Kutepov was again used by the Soviets on September 22, 1937. Again, as with Kutepov, Miller was tricked by a trusted associate, General Nikolai Skoblin, and walked alone into the waiting arms of two Red agents. Miller was brought to the Soviet embassy in Paris, drugged, and put into a large crate. The “package” was delivered by truck to Le Havre and placed aboard a Soviet ship. In Moscow, Miller was interrogated, tortured, and shot dead. [1]

Questa volta in primo piano

The above introduction was needed to give a sense of atmosphere for the great danger to Marga Boodts, who claimed to be the surviving Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia. Marga/Olga claimed she had escaped the fabled “mass murder in the cellar” at Ekaterinburg on July 16-17, 1918. In the video clip hopefully embedded above, you can see Marga/Olga as she was circa 1960. (Further background: No “Mass Murder In Cellar”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 24, 2014.)

The purported autobiography of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna was posthumously published in 2012, in Spain, and entitled Estoy Viva (I Am Alive). Marga/Olga had by then died, in 1976. In the purported autobiography, an entire chapter is devoted to the kidnapping by Stalinist agents of a “General Vladimir” in Paris. Marga/Olga herself was present as the deed began to unfold.

As nearly as I can determine, General Vladimir was General Vladimir Vasilyevich Smirnov. The autobiography says General Vladimir had been present at the Battle of Tannenberg. The only General with first name of Vladimir I can find listed for Tannenberg is General Vladimir Smirnov. [3] Marga/Olga writes that the case of the kidnapping in Paris of “General Vladimir” had been reported by newspapers all over the world. No year for the Vladimir kidnapping is given in the autobiography. [4]

The purported Grand Duchess Olga writes she had known General Vladimir during the reign of her father, Tsar Nicholas II. She encountered him again in Paris “many years after” his exile from Russia. The first time was inside the Notre Dame Cathedral. Later, an Icelandic friend, “Stanislaos Tirman”, contacted Marga/Olga and told her the General would like to meet with her again. And so they met at a prearranged location and went for a stroll. It was during the stroll that a mysterious gentleman approached the General, quickly whispered “Beware!”, and walked on. Taking heed, the General took Marga/Olga by the arm and they both entered a taxi. “Take us to the train station at top speed!” ordered the General. Inside the crowded train station, the two hurried to a different entrance/exit and from there escaped in a different taxi. [4]

The danger to Marga Boodts in this episode was that curious Red agents, seeing her with the General, might begin to wonder, “Who exactly is this woman?” If they found out she was the Grand Duchess Olga, then the Stalinist agents would begin pursuing her. [4]

After a cooling off period, Marga/Olga met again with the General at a café in the neighborhood of the Champs-Élysées. About a half hour after they had sat down and begun to chat, two women entered the café and sat at an adjoining table. Marga/Olga grew suspicious of the two women and shared her worry with the General. The General surreptitiously surveyed the situation, then whispered to Marga/Olga, “There are also two men outside, surveilling us. Olga, you must get out of here.” [4]

“If you please, my dear,” said the General, loudly enough to be overheard, “will you go telephone our friend and tell him we are still waiting for him?” The telephone was in a corridor, near a separate exit. Marga/Olga arose, and walked towards the corridor. From there she exited the café, hopped into a taxi, and escaped. [4]

As for the General, Marga/Olga read in the newspapers the following day a sensational story about how “the Russian General Vladimir had been taken by force to an automobile and kidnapped by unknown persons. Two newspapers mentioned that, a little while before the kidnapping, the General had been seen in the company of a ‘mysterious Mademoiselle’…” [4]

——- Sources ——-
[1] The Flight of the Romanovs, by John Curtis Perry & Constantine Pleshakov. New York: Basic Books, 1999
[2] “Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856–1929)”, Wikipedia, September 3, 2014.
[3] “2nd Army (Russian Empire)”, Wikipedia, October 25, 2014.
[4] Estoy Viva, by Olga Nicolaievna. Madrid: Ediciones Martínez Roca, 2012.


About ersjdamoo

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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