Fw: Johnson Report on the Russian Media Ostanki response
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Subject: Johnson Report on the Russian Media Ostanki response
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Subject: "Ostanki" article
From: Eugene L Magerovsky <elmagerov@...>
On May 24-25, 2005, according to Yandex.ru, some 45 Russian Internet sites
and various news services, including RIA NOVOSTI and ITAR-TASS, reported
Due to new developments in the difficult task of identifying the remains of
Nicholas II and his family, Russian Expert Commission Abroad has urged the
State Duma of the Russian Federation to hold a hearing regarding the
remains of members of the Russian Imperial House, who were killed by the
Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg on July 17, 1918.
This was precipitated by a recent analysis by American and Russian
scientists at Stanford University and the National Laboratory at Los
Alamos, N.M., of a biological sample obtained from the remains of St.
Elizabeth, the sister of Empress Aleksandra Fedorovna, which were brought
from Jerusalem last year. "The government commission had analyzed what is
alleged to be the remains of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and we
compared the DNA of St. Elizabeth to that provided in the commission’s
report. The two were significantly different," said Dr. Lev Zhivotovsky,
one of the authors of the report and the chief scientist of the Genetics
Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in an appearance at the Synod
of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in New York. "In fact, the
mitochondrial DNA of sisters must be identical," he added.
This has led Zhivotovsky to be skeptical of the authenticity of the
biological samples obtained from the Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) region of
Russia. The analysis of those samples in 1994 led the government commission
to declare they were from the remains of Nicholas II and his family.
"Research from recent years has shown that DNA begins to degrade very
quickly after the death of an organism and begins to split into sections,"
the scientist notes, "As more time goes by, the sections begin to shrink."
"Unless there are special conditions, sections of DNA longer than 200-300
nucleotides cannot be preserved over time, especially for 80 years," adds
the scientist. "The analysis conducted in 1994 cited a section of 1223
nucleotides in length. This became the basis of analysis by the government
The scientist also pointed out that Ekaterinburg is not located in an area
of permafrost, which could have prevented the cells of the nucleotides of
the remains from decomposing. "Considering the errors in the DNA analysis
in 1994, the violations of judicial/medical procedures, the improper
handling, and most importantly, no matches in DNA between two presumed
sisters, it is not possible to state that the Ekaterinburg remains are from
members of the Romanov family," declares Pyotr Koltypin-Wallovskoy, one of
the organizers of the commission.
The Russian Expert Commission Abroad was formed in 1989 by Russian
immigrants from the first (post-revolutionary) wave of immigration and
their descendants, shortly after film director Geliy Ryabov announced that
he and other devotees of the subject had discovered the remains of Nicholas
II and his family. In 1995, at the invitation of the Moscow governmental
commission, Peter Koltypin-Wallovskoy, Dr. Eugene Magerovsky and the
now-deceased Prince Aleksis Scherbatow, Ph.D., all members of The Russian
Expert Commission Abroad, participated in its plenary session.
The Russian Expert Commission Abroad of experts recently gathered in New
York and presented a list of 40 points, detailing the errors,
miscalculations and factors physical, biological and other, that were
ignored by the government commission during their analysis of the
"Ekaterinburg remains." In the Commission’s quest for absolute truth P.
Koltypin- Wallovskoy is convinced that making an exact determination is
essential. "For that to occur, someone in Russia must request that a full
analysis must be done again and/or a commission be formed that will review
the 40 points," he said. "The emigre commission has contacted a number of
scientists throughout the world, including Germany, the United States,
Switzerland and Japan, who agree with us and are willing to help in this
matter. But all of this is expensive, quite expensive." For example, one
analysis of DNA, conducted properly in a laboratory, would cost more than
$100,000. "We don’t have that kind of money," added P.