13 September 2010, 22:01

Reports of baby Tsar remains ‘hoax’ – historian

Reports of baby Tsar remains ‘hoax’ – historian

The Russian historian Professor Andrei Sakharov has dismissed as a hoax reports from Kholmogory near the White Sea about the discovery of the remains of the Russian Emperor Ivan VI, who was killed on 1764 at 24 nearly 23 years after being deposed.

The Russian historian Professor Andrei Sakharov has dismissed as a hoax reports from Kholmogory near the White Sea about the discovery of the remains of the Russian Emperor Ivan VI, who was killed on 1764 at 24 nearly 23 years after being deposed.

The reports were from a wildcat digger who had neither training nor license for carrying out archaeological excavations.

Ivan VI became Emperor in 1740 at just two months.

Thirteen months later, his opponents toppled him and placed in custody.

In 1764, prison wardens killed Ivan in the face of a bold attempt by an army officer to free him. 

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