The Last Days of the Last Tsar and a fascinating announcementLeave a Comment
Just yesterday, Nick Nicholson, Russian decorative arts specialist and authority on the Romanovs, posted something fascinating on Facebook.
“At the opening of the new exhibition “Last Days of the Last Tsar” at the Russian History Foundation at Jordanville, New York, a major announcement has been made:
A Fabergé frame and a Fabergé locket in the exhibition each contained locks of hair. After DNA analysis by the FBI, arranged by Capt. Peter Sarandinaki and the SEARCH Foundation, it has been determined conclusively that the DNA samples are identical not only to Romanov family DNA, but to the remains first discovered in Ekaterinburg in 1979.
These results have been submitted to the Patriarch and the Patriarchal commission.”
While the Russian Orthodox Church continues to stall and dither on authentication of the remaining Romanov remains from Ekaterinburg, this conclusive DNA evidence is very important. As Nick explained further:
“The news is that these hair samples were viable for DNA testing because they had been sealed for 100 years. Normally hair is too unstable to test accurately. Most hair samples (in lockets, frames, etc) have been exposed to light and oxygen. If the Hesse samples were viable, they could have been tested long ago.”
All of the DNA from the two samples perfectly matches the already long-published DNA sequence of the remains found in the Koptyaki forest. This information has been submitted to the Patriarch, and the Commission on the Imperial Remains, and it is hoped by all who long for closure and for an end to conspiracy theories about Romanov survivors, that the ROC will sanction the remains.
The exhibition at the Russian History Foundation is the first of its kind dedicated to the final years of the Romanovs, with items ranging from Fabergé that belonged to the Imperial family, to the small icons they were allowed to keep at Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg, to objects recovered by the Sokolov investigation, many never-before seen.
It is incredibly moving to see images of the white shirts of the Grand Duchesses to the clothes hangers of the Romanovs stamped with their initials and a coronet, left behind when members of the family fled via the Crimea or were assassinated at Ekaterinburg and Alapayevsk.