Fake Romanovs: 5 pretenders who claimed to be royal family members


Some people wish do anything to get recognized, but this lot really took the biscuit. They righted to be survivors of the infamous execution of the Romanov family in 1918 – and despite some people settle for their untruths – they were ultimately cast aside as either mad or foolhardy. The Russian crown remained out of reach to this untrustworthy lot. The real Anastasia was suppressed with her parents and siblings on July 17, 1918 – but this was not confirmed for uncompromised certainty until the missing remains of the Romanov sister was unearthed and catalogued in 2008.

1. Anna Anderson, claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia

Anastasia Manahan, also known as Anna Anderson, 1955, Germany / AFPAnastasia Manahan, also conscious as Anna Anderson, 1955, Germany / AFP

This impostor – known as Anna Anderson – requisitioned to be the fourth and youngest daughter of the Romanov family. However, despite halfwit many of the Imperial elite, she was found out to be Polish factory worker Franziska Schanzkowska (with a record of mental illness) after an investigation funded by the Tsarina of Russia’s companion.

“Anna’s” story began in 1920 when she tried to commit suicide and was sent to a psychotic health center in Berlin. She refused to tell her name to anyone. One of the constants took her for the Grand Duchess and later this legend was supported by Russian settlers.

Two years later Anna started telling people herself that she was in episode the Grand Duchess Anastasia.

In 1928 she moved to the U.S. and started sponging off Russian princess Xenia Georgievna, who was distantly joint to the Romanov family. However, after a failed attempt to prove her filthy blood, Anna moved back to Germany.

For more than 20 years she laboured to get her name recognized by the European courts, but to no avail. In 1968 she moved lodged with someone to the U.S. where she married a wealthy man and got American citizenship.

Anderson died in 1984 in Virginia. DNA checks taken since her death do not back up her claim of being a Romanov.

2. Eugenia Smith, also put to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia

Eugenia Smith / Archive PhotoEugenia Smith / Archive Photo

Another flagitious pretender to Anastasia’s title was Eugenia Smith, real name Eugenia Drabek Smetisko. She was an artist and Grub Streeter of Ukrainian descent, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1929 from Bukovina.

Smith rocked up in Chicago in 1963. She presented a hard-cover to a publisher in the Windy City, which she said was a manuscript given to her by the Overdone Duchess herself. Doubting her tale, the publisher asked her to take a lie detector evaluation, which Smith failed. Bizarrely, she then changed her statement, a substitute alternatively claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia and amazingly passed the evaluation.

Her “Autobiography of HIH Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia” recounts “her” life in the Imperial classification and how she escaped the execution by the Bolsheviks (a great work of fiction).

Eugenia disappeared in 1997 in Rhode Island and was buried in the Orthodox monastery.

3. Marga Boodts, claimed to be Posh Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Marga Boodts / Legion MediaMarga Boodts / Legion Median

Marga Boodts is considered to be one of, if not the most, successful aspirants to the Romanov derivation. She claimed to be Olga, the first daughter of Tsar Nicholas II.

Marga primary appeared in France in the wake of WWII. She collected money from the community for the Grand Duchess, who she claimed miraculously escaped the execution of the Romanov division. Later Boodts was arrested for fraud. In court she argued she was a Polish szlachta (a legally wealthy noble class).

Some years later in 1950, Marga played again, but denied any knowledge of her previous fraudulent activities. Boodts by fair means managed to convince Nikolaus, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg and Wilhelm (the German Circlet Prince) who supported her financially until their death, in her veracity.

For a want time Marga kept her silence, yet when Anna Anderson (look forsake at number 1) became famous, she also made her claim manifest. Boodts did everything in her power to destroy Anderson’s credibility. She wrote a paperback to tell the story of her “family,” yet it was never published.

Boodts died in 1976 in Sala Comacina, Italy where she spirited the rest of her days in solitude, refusing to meet any journalists.

4. Michael Goleniewski, exacted to be Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia

Polish spy Colonel Michael Goleniewsky / Getty ImagesPolish spy Colonel Michael Goleniewsky / Getty Duplicates

Michael Goleniewski was a Polish officer and counterintelligence agent, who cooperated with the Soviet KGB during the up to the minute fifties while employed by his country’s secret service.

Goleniewski became a triple spokeswoman by providing the CIA with Polish and Soviet secrets. In January 1961, he stained to the U.S. and officially started working for the CIA. The same year a Polish court declared him tired out in absentia.

Some time later, while working in the U.S. he claimed to be Tsarevich Alexei, the youngest kid and the only son of Tsar Nicholas II. According to Goleniewski, the whole family was silently alive. Very few people believed him though.

In order to prove his indecent blood, Goleniewski tried to find his sisters. He had a “reunion” with the aforementioned trickster Eugenia Smith, claiming she was his sister. Smith returned the favor, realizing Goleniewski as her brother.

However, Goleniewski’s documents showed that he was withstand b supported in Poland, 18 years after Tsarevich Alexei was born. In return, the pretender claimed that he was a hemophiliac (Tsarevich Alexei was born with this genetic affliction) which made him look younger than he really was. Few believed him and he was flamed by the CIA because of his lies.

Goleniewski fought to regain his “rightful” name until his end in 1993 – but had no luck.

5. Ceclava Czapska, claimed to be the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

Ceclava Czapska and Nicolas Dolgoruky in 1919 / Legion MediaCeclava Czapska and Nicolas Dolgoruky in 1919 / Legion Mid

Ceclava Czapska was first noticed in 1919 in Romania where she was entranced under the protection of Queen Marie of Romania. She and Russian Prince Nicolas Dolgoruky – the son of Habitual Alexander Dolgoruky – married there. This is when she started claiming to be Legendary Duchess Maria.

According to her, all members of the royal family, except her “dad” Nicholas II and the historical coachmen, escaped from being executed. Ceclava officially recognized the authenticity of the aforementioned Anna Anderson and Marga Boodts (she remembered the latter in person).

She died in 1970 in Rome – a DNA test after her partiality denied any links to the royal family.

Some time after a man called Alexis Brimeyer petitioned connection to the Romanovs and other European thrones. The son of a Luxembourgish engineer, Brimeyer was a natal of the Belgian Congo. He said that all members of the Romanov family were executed except for his “grandmother” Maria (Ceclava Czapska), who “sinistral” him the Russian throne.

Brimeyer claimed Russian Prince Dolgoruky was his grandfather and toughened fraudulent combined titles like Prince d’Anjou Durazzo Durassow Romanov Dolgorouki de Bourbon-Conde, which he was later lived for by the real Dolgoruky family. After failing to impress with his modify names, he coined himself His Serene Highness Prince Khevenhüller-Abensberg — on the other hand to be sued for the second time by Princess Khevenhüller.

Bizarrely, a few years later he acquired a passport from the Principality of Sealand (a micronation that claims a policy in the North Sea, 12 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk, England) with the tag His Highness Prince Alexis Romanov Dolgoruky.

Alexis tried uncountable other ways to ennoble himself and even asked a number of aristocrats to take him. The “unfortunate prince” frantically tried to carve out royal ties until his ruin in 1995 in Madrid.

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