Posted 3 февраля 2022, 17:19
Published 3 февраля 2022, 17:19
Modified 24 декабря 2022, 22:38
Updated 24 декабря 2022, 22:38
Experts believe that the bones exhumed in the royal tomb of the Peter and Paul Cathedral are not the remains of Emperor Alexander III.
According to experts, the evidence presented by the investigation commission of the IC RF about the remains of Emperor Alexander III is similar to the "fantasies of the Papuans from New Guinea", because they do not know how the burial rituals of Emperors and Empresses were arranged in Russia. The specialists are also surprised by the position of their colleagues - employees of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg in the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and the Moscow Kremlin Museums, who keep a "shameful" silence on this matter.
Experts give their reasons, recalling that starting from the time of Peter I, the bodies of members of the imperial family were embalmed on the third day after death, in special rooms of the Winter Palace (if the death took place in St. Petersburg), and the internal organs were placed in special silver arks, which guarded by sentries. Then these organs, together with the coffin, were buried in the lower chamber of the grave. The bills for this procedure were presented by the court pharmacist, they were paid and with a detailed description are stored in the archives. Emperor Alexander III died in the Crimea, his body was transported to Moscow, and from there to St. Petersburg, this is a long journey, and therefore it was especially carefully embalmed.
About what happened when the Bolsheviks opened the tomb in order to confiscate the treasures that were there, eyewitnesses write:
“The embalmed corpse of the king was well preserved. Alexander III lies in a general's uniform, richly decorated with orders. The ashes of the king are quickly taken out of the silver coffin, the rings are removed from the fingers, from the uniform of the order, studded with diamonds, then the body of Alexander III is transferred to the oak coffin. The secretary of the commission draws up a protocol, which lists in detail the jewels confiscated from the deceased king. The coffin is closed and sealed. The same procedure occurs with the coffins of Alexander II and Nicholas I..."
And here is what we saw when opening the tomb of Alexander III in the Peter and Paul Cathedral on November 27, 2015. These are the remains after a normal burial in the ground without the slightest trace of embalming. 120 years is a very short time for the embalmed tissues to decay completely and almost rot the bones of the body, and the sarcophagus remained dry, that is, nothing prevented the preservation of a well-embalmed body. This is clearly seen in the example of the body of the outstanding Russian doctor Nikolai Pirogov, which, at the request of his widow, was also well embalmed, and perfectly preserved for the same time. The bones, which are trying to pass off as the remains of Alexander III, look completely different - they are just bones that have decayed in the ground during a normal burial. Most likely, they belong to someone from the Romanov family, who were buried in the usual way. They are simply thrown into the crypt of Alexander III, experts say.
Another argument in favor of the fact that these are not the remains of Alexander is the condition of the grave. The funeral of the embalmed entrails of the monarchs took place on the eve of the main ones. They were placed in two silver arks and specially trusted persons were taken for burial. About who buried the insides of the king, there is evidence in the archives, in the annals of the Peter and Paul Cathedral and in memoirs. The pit for the crypt was about two meters deep, lined with bricks, on each of which a cross was inscribed, and at the bottom an oblong recess was made to place an urn and a silver ark with the insides. After the ritual, this recess was covered with a marble board on a par with the bottom of the grave. During the exhumation, no one checked the safety of this part of the grave. Where are these arks? Where is the footage of them being taken from the grave? Where is the expertise (genetic, historical) that would prove that they belong to Emperor Alexander III? - experts ask questions.
And finally, Alexander III was buried in a silver coffin, but this coffin is not in the photo and video of the Investigative Committee. On the body of the deceased was a general's uniform with many gold buttons, buckles, he lay in a coffin with gold and silver orders, a gold cross, a ring that is not subject to decay in such a short period of time - all this was nominal and unique. Nothing of the kind was removed from the coffin during the exhumation on November 27, 2015 - only bones, the state of preservation does not allow even modern genetic examination to establish anything.