Ekaterinburg 1918: The Survival of four Grand Duchesses


Though it had been rumored  for years immediately after the alleged massacre of the Russian Imperial Family in 1918, that the Empress and her daughters had survived, it was not until the magnificent researched book  and BBC documentary, The File on the Tsar written by Tom Mangold and Anthony Summer in 1976 that the theory was sustained by solid proof that they had been moved from Ekaterinburg to Perm.

French historian, Marc Ferro has just published a new book that confirms this as a fact, in spite of the DNA tests that ‘officially’ have  established the official version of what occurred that infamous night as historical facts. In his book LA VERITE SUR LA TRAGEDIE DES ROMANOVS the author charts his journey to uncover the truth. The recent discovery by Marie Stravlo of  Grand Duchess Olga’s autobiography published in Spain by Planeta under the title YO ESTOY VIVA, proves that the Tsarina and daughters were not murdered that night.

Ferro remarks that historians have been happy to regurgitate the White Russian version of how the story unfolded. He feels there were too many improbabilities in the judicial report and too many unofficial witnesses were eliminated. Such blind faith continued right up until the moment when the Yeltsin government allowed comparative analysis to be carried out on bodies discovered by two historians, newsrooms around the world took the information as fact without verification. Finally, an American Romanov scholar discovered hundreds of documents from the Vatican archives which proved that the Tsarina and her daughters where evacuated and this is another piece of evidence to back up Ferro’s thesis.

The survival of the Tsarina and her daughters was a truth neither the Bolsheviks nor the Whites could disclose. Both sides ensured that witnesses were executed. After March 1918, the Reds feared that Kaiser William II would break the treaty of Brest-Litovsk if the “German” Empress and her daughters were not spared. And so the story begins, the mother and her daughters were evacuated to the city of Perm and then to German-occupied Ukraine. The youngest Anastasia, however, managed to escape. And over the next 50 years there would be sightings of them in Italy, Germany and Canada until their deaths in utmost secret in the 1970s.

At last Ferro sheds light on one of the greatest secrets of the 20th century and one of history’s true taboos.

World-famous historian Marc Ferro has been haunted by this story for 20 years. His biography of Nicholas II: The Last of the Tsars was published in 1990 by Payot & Rivages and was then translated into numerous languages.

So one would asked what happened to the Empress and her daughters. The surprising reply will come in a new book that is now being written by another Romanov scholar, Marie Stravlo  on the fate of the four Grand Duchesses. Mrs. Stravlo is my co-author in the historical novel, The Lost Romanov Icon & the Enigma of Anastasia published by Thames River Press which is worth reading as it sheds new light on the story of Anastasia with never before published documents.

But briefly for those who are eager to know, I have had access to a brief summary of their fate.

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Romanov  was kept captive in Perm by the Cheka secret police of the Bolshevicks until October 1918, when she was evacuated to Vladivostok. In her autobiography entitled “I am alive, the published last September 2012 in Spain “Estoy Viva, memorias ineditas de la ultima Romanov”, she gives details of her escape and life under the assumed name of Maria Bottcher in Germany and later in Italy, where she died in 1976. Olga married German Captain Karl Boodts in 1926 and divorced  him in 1928. She then took the name Maria Boodts, also calling herself Marga Boodts. She used both assumed names.

After her passing her bones were interred in Menaggio, Italy. Her original grave was destroyed in 1995, but her remains are kept intact in another grave guarded by a loyal family of friends in Italy.

Anastasia story has been well documented since her suicide attempt in Berlin in 1922. Her story has been recounted in detail by historian Peter Kurth in his book Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson and by her official biographer, James Blair Lovell in his book Anastasia: the Lost Princess. The results of DNA tests on a piece of intestine that was claimed to be of Anastasia Manahan and found in Martha Jefferson Hospital stated that she was not the Grand Duchess but a Polish peasent and this ludicrous result in unacceptable for all of us that have followed and studied her story for many years. In fact Forensic and graphological testing done during the close to 40 year German lawsuit stated that she was the Grand Duchesss.

A new book published in Russia in 2014 and written by academician Veniamin Alexseyev states  facts that proof that Anastasia was indeed Ana Anderson/ Anastasia Manahan.  Mr. Alexeyev had access to Kremlin classified documents and to the dossier compiled by Grand Duke Andrei Wladimirovich  who recognized Mrs. Anderson as his niece and which were thought had been destroyed after his death by the enemies of Anastasia. For  further information on this please follow the link       http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/respected-historian-suggests-lost-russian-princess-anastasia-fled-to-america/

Grand Duchess Anastasia is buried at Seeon Castle in Germany.

Tatiana’s fate is very little documented and some believe she was taken prisoner by the Soviets during the II World War and died in a Gulag and others she escaped to the United States.

Grand Duchess Maria also escaped from Russia. She was first taken to Moscow, where Chicherin made arrangements to send her to Ukraine. Once in Ukraine, she was under the care of General Alexander Dolgoruky. Three months later she married, in Romania, Prince Nicholas Dolgoruky (son of Alexander) and when she died she was buried in Rome. She had two daughters and one is still living in Belgium.


Maria Nicolaevna RomanovHER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NICOLAIEVNA ROMANOV, before the fall of the Empire and as Princess Dolgoruky in Italy.

To those who believe the DNA ‘evidence’ that claim that the bones found in the mass grave are those of  ALL the Imperial Family and even though the British lab failed to provide the original lab report, I have news for you. Stanford University repeated the DNA tests and found no match to the Romanov family. In Japan there is actual blood from Nicholas from a 1904 assassination attempt and their DNA tests show no match for the bones the Russians conveniently ‘found’ in an area that had been searched many times including digging and seives to sift the clay topsoil. The Russians are desperate to close the case and are still fabricating evidence to this day  just like they did in 1918, 1919.

I have no doubt in my mind that the Imperial family survived. The secret Archives of the Vatican once opened to historians, will proof this and the book by Marie Stravlo will shock the world with its revelations based on never before published documents. The world deserves to know the truth.

10417432_811795148873100_2408914609181010811_nHER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS GRAND DUCHESS OLGA NICOLAIEVNA ROMANOV as an adult and before the fall of the Russian Empire


51GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA NICOLAIEVNA during different periods of her life.

On the 25th of September 2015 the Russian government has announced the decision to dig up the alleged remains of the Tsar and Tsarina for further DNA testing with the object of proving that the bone remains alleged to be of Tsarevitch Alexis and Grand Duchess Maria are so. The Russian government wants to bring this matter once and for all to a conclusion and to bury the bones with whom they consider to be the rest of the Imperial family. They have no intention of revising the previous findings that to my knowledge are a fabricated hoax.


They are comparing the DNA with DNA samples of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodrovna who is buried in Israel, and from blood samples of the Tsar Grand Father, Tsar Alexander II.

It is about time, in my opinion, to let the world know the truth and the time to also compare the DNA samples of the surviving daughters, Grand Duchess Maria (Princess Dolgoruki) who is buried in Rome, Grand Duchess Olga ( Marga Boodts) buried in Mennagio (Italy) and Grand Duchess Anastasia ( Anna Anderson) as there are hair strands that are kept in a safe place until the time comes.

Anything other than this will be a perpetuation of a historical lie!


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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

9 thoughts on “Ekaterinburg 1918: The Survival of four Grand Duchesses”

  1. Es una pena no disponer de su libro en castellano. Lo puedo leer en inglés pero no es lo mismo porque algo perderé por el camino. Realmente yo opino igual y estoy seguro que sobrevivieron y pactaron seguir sus vidas de forma independiente por su seguridad. Tantas casualidades no son posibles. Y es evidente que a muchos les interesaba que no se supiese la verdad, empezando por los ingleses cuya ayuda fue más bien escasa. El tema es interesantísimo y es una pena que no se tenga acceso a todos los archivos como los de Margarita de Dinamarca o los Vaticanos. Supongo que algún día se sabrá.
    En lo que más me pierdo es en María Romanov y ese supuesto nieto raro que decía llamarse Alexis de Anjou. Parece que era un mentiroso, pero no comprendo como si efectivamente lo era, ella lo aceptaba. Ahora estoy leyendo su libro que si que es algo fantasioso. Pero insisto en que me sorprende que si era un falso Anjou su familia (madre y abuela materna) lo aceptasen y María testase a su favor. Verdad?

    Anastasia con todo lo que pasó es fácil comprender que se trastorno. En libro de Blair me ha gustado mucho. Lo mismo que “Estoy viva”. Sus explicaciones de como escaparon es lo que más me desconcierta, pues mientras para Olga y Anastasia parece que fue algo verdaderamente difícil, María se marchó a Ucrania con relativa facilidad, casándose en Sinaia y viviendo bastante bien… Bueno no se..Le he colocado a usted un rollo tremendo que tampoco merece!!
    Espero que pronto esté en España su libro
    José Luis Cantalapiedra

  2. Carlos gracias por tu rapida respuesta.
    Pondre en la lista de libros para leer el tuyo sin duda.

    Pero sere sincero me interesa la actutud tuya de lo que llamo o resolver rompecabezas intrincados sin importar lo complicados que estos sean. Por ejemplo el de tu padre. Y otros que figuran en tu site. En España les llaman narrativa historica. Son novelas pero de hechos reales. Un abrazo desde el otro lado del Atlantico. Hector Luis Spinelli Buenos Aires Argentina.

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