In 2007 Russian authorities officially stated that they have found the missing remains of the two youngest heirs of the Romanov dynasty. An Investigator of the Bulgarian city of Kazanlak Blagoj Emanuilov however is adamant that it is a manipulation. The inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Gabarevo share the same opinion. And they are not the only ones...
Many in Bulgaria believe the secret is kept by Russian authorities to put an end,once and for all, to the claims over the treasures of the Romanovs held in European banks. With the expiry of the banking limitation period the funds will become property of the Russian State
My aunt Kristina is 94 years and is one of the few living people who used to know the mysterious Mrs. Nora, who came in Gabarevo somewhere about 1920.
|The village of Gabarevo is situated in the folds of the Balkan Range|
It is from my aunt Tinche that I first heard about the eccentric foreign aristocrat who dropped out from nowhere transforming life in the peaceful mountain village. While she was alive people kept whispering that she was a royalty.
Many years to come after her death there are still legends going on over her enigmatic personality.
Who is Eleonora Kruger? Hardly will we ever know. But nothing prevents us from fantasizing ..
Many years after the Bolshevikhs in Russia had executed the royal family, forensics who examined the exhumed skeletons of Russia’s last monarch Nikolay II and his family, discovered that the mortal remains of one of the princesses and the crown prince Alexey were missing.
Thus, the foundations for one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th century history were laid, and a great number of hypotheses on the possible ways in which these two members of the Russian royal family, the Romanov, had escaped certain death, and their possible whereabouts came to being.
One of the most striking of these was the claim put forward by Bulgarian investigator Blagoy Emanuilov that Princess Anastasia and her brother Alexey of Russia had spent their last days and had died peacefully in the Bulgarian village of Gabarevo in the Balkan Range.
So I tried to bring the story of how the legal expert put two and two together.
|35- years old Eleonora Krueger|
|Young Anastasia Romanov|
Dozens of fake Anastasias and Alexeys over the world had tried in vain to claim their rights to being the famous regal personae, entitled by right of birth to the throne of Nikolay II.
The elderly villagers in Gabarevo still bring vivid memories of the mysterious Russians who had settled in the village some time around 1922-1923.
|Young prince Alexey|
Almost a year later a tall frail young man, enlisted in the municipality register as Georgi Zhudin, but better known as Georges, accompanied by several more Russians took refuge in their home.
The improvised Russian community shared one thing in common: they never mentioned their origins and their past, nor did they give explanations about the purpose of their stay.
Near the end of her earthly days Nora often recalled childhood experiences of being bathed in gold baths, and combed and clothed by maids.
The Russian White Guard officer claimed fate had taken them as far as the village of Gabarevo in Bulgaria.
Experts have found a great percentage of matching when comparing the photographs
|Kristina Chomakova in her home, situated near Nora Krueger’s house in Gabarevo|
Kristina Chomakova from the village of Gabarevo recalls how the mysterious Nora Krueger used to teach them French, English and Latin, or do the props for the amateur theatre productions. She even did the make-up, or offered her services as prompter although the bullet had affected her vocal chords, and she kept her voice low and spoke mainly through the nose.
In her words the young Russian aristocrat had transformed entirely the life of the people in the tiny village huddled amidst the thickness of the Balkan Range forest.
Everyone whispered under their breath she was a Russian princess.
|Gabarevo is a small picturesque village in the Valley of roses|
In 1995 forensics exhumed the bones of Nora and Georges in the presence of a forensic physician and an anthropologist.
To their surprise they found a very precious item in Georges’ grave, a ladanka. This is a small icon of the Lord Jesus Christ left inside the graves of only high-profile Russian aristocracy members.
Naturally, DNA analysis is the only plausible scientific method to give the answer to the question whether Nikolay II’s two youngest children had ended their days peacefully thousands of miles from the city of Ekaterininburg in Siberia, where in 1918 their royal parents and siblings had been shot dead by order of the Bolshevikhs.
Neverending Journey . Veneta Nikolova