- Veniamin Alekseyev says Grand Duchess Anastasia probably did escape
- Claims DNA testing in 1991 was flawed and bones found were not hers
- Says Tsarina and Anastasia’s sisters Olga, Marie and Tatiana also got away
- Believes that impostor Anna Anderson was indeed telling the truth
- Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was executed on 17th July 1918 by Bolsheviks
- His son Alexei Nikolaevich also died along with family servants
In the early hours of 17th July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was marched into a cellar of a house in Yekaterinburg and mown down by a firing squad.
Along with the Tsar, those who were thought to have died that morning included the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, his son, Alexei Nikolaevich and his four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia.
But now a respected Russian historian has now claimed that Anastasia Nikoleavna might not, as previously thought, have perished at all. Instead, Veniamin Alekseyev believes that the Grand Duchess Anastasia did indeed flee to the West and says he has new evidence to prove it.
Since her death, women posing as the Russian princess have repeatedly come forward, among them Anna Anderson who first appeared in Berlin in 1920, two years after the Russian royals were executed.
Anderson, who also went by the names Tschaikovsky and Manahan, later moved to the USA and was portrayed for decades as the escaped daughter of the last Romanov emperor.
But in 1991, when the remains of the Russian royals were unearthed, DNA testing proved that the bodies were indeed those of the Tsar, Tsarina and their children.
Testing also ‘conclusively’ proved that Anderson was not, as she claimed, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and instead a mentally troubled Polish factory worker named Franziska Schanzkowska.
Alekseyev, however, is unconvinced and claims that Anderson really was the lost princess in an explosive new book.
‘On the basis of the archive documents discovered, and new Russian and foreign evidence I have seen since 1991, I have reason to think the royal family’s fate is not as certain as it has been believed for almost 100 years,’ he said. The new documents from the Russian State Archive and elsewhere offer evidence from Imperial family confidantes and relatives, as well as doctors who treated Anderson, who believed it was ‘quite possible and even probable’ that she was Russian princess Anastasia.
His book entitled Who are you, Ms Tchaikovskaya? argues she was ‘labelled an imposter too easily’, The Siberian Times revealed.
Although DNA tests were carried out on bones purporting to be those of Anastasia and on a lock of Anderson’s hair after her death, Alekseyev argues the genetic analysis is not conclusive.
The book builds on the theory of eminent French historian Marc Ferro that the German-born empress Alexandra along with the imperial couple’s four daughters were saved.
‘I do not assume presumptuously she was executed by the Bolsheviks,’ said Alekseyev who served on a Russian government commission which concluded bones found near Yekaterinburg were the remains of Nicholas II.
‘This is for the reader to decide.’ He claims testimony from Bolsheviks and White Russians which states the entire family were killed in July 1918 is not trustworthy.
‘The former needed an image of an uncompromising new government determined to wipe out the old world without a trace, and the latter – a Great Russia without an emperor,’ said Alekseyev.
He expect still-secret papers documenting diplomatic negotiations between Germany and the Soviets, due for release in 2018, to throw new light on a possible secret exchange close to the end of the First World War.
‘Why such mercy on the part of the Bolsheviks? After the leftist Social-Revolutionaries assassinated German Ambassador Mirbach, Wilhelm II could breach the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which would have ruined the Soviet regime. Therefore, they had to negotiate,’ said Alekseyev.
He added: ‘All over the world this issue has been degraded for decades by unpretentious stage productions, garbage literature and films.
‘We need scientific clarity over this complicated issue. Therefore, I am only publishing the documents. Where the truth lies, is up to the readers to decide.’
Officially, Russia believes it has found the genuine but incomplete bones of the royals, despite reservations by the Orthodox Church.
The Romanovs, who are buried in the former royal capital of St Petersburg, still have living relations – among them Prince Phillip, whose maternal grandmother was Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, the older sister of the doomed Tsarina.