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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Czar Mystery

I. Bergholts, chairman of the directorate of Latvian fund "Baltik", and A. Grannik, director of the fund's ecology laboratory, are disputing the validity of the genetic analysis of fragments of what are alleged to be the remains of Emperor Nicholas II, conducted in Britain.

A. Grannik and his supporters insist that it was only people who looked like members of the Czar's family who were shot in Yekaterinburg in 1918. The Germans had insisted at negotiations in Brest that the lives of the imperial family be spared.

The legend goes that the Czar and his relatives then went to live in Soviet Georgia, in Sukhumi and other cities, under assumed names. The Czar was called Sergei Davidovich Beryozkin. He worked as a gardener and guard at the Sukhumi tea institute and he died in 1957. His son, Aleksei, died at the end of last year. The grand princess Tatyana Nikolayevna is still alive and living in extreme poverty in Sukhumi.

Of course it is hard to believe all of this. But there is one more fact: A. Kislis, head of the technical expertise department of the crime laboratory of Latvia's justice ministry, conducted analyses of photographs of the czar and Beryozkin, as well as of members of their respective families. The results of the research, conducted according to the most modern methods, were quite sensational: they were the same people!