Filatov case is a classical one and it is not very different from the other
claimants stories. It's only the higher mediatical impact due to the book
"The Escape of Alexei, Son of Tsar Nicholas II"
that Vadim Petrov, Igor Lyssenko and Georgi Egorov devoted to it
which gave it nowaday a special place in "Pretender Literature"
- The Vassili Filatov story:
Having seen that some Romanovs were still alive after the first shots
and were only injured, Yurovsky's men decided to bring them in the forest to
destroy them here. Protected by his father but
sturnned during the shot, Alexei awoke in truck and succeeded living the
truck during the way to the pit mines. Then, he reached the train station of
Chartach where he was found by the Stretokines brothers who were part of the
Ipatiev House guards and who decided to help him.
Then, Stretokines brothers
took Alexei to Chadrinsk city where he was cared in the family of a
shoe-maker. This man, after, adopted Alexei, gived him the identity of his
youngest son, Vassili, died some time ago of disease.
His adoptive father died in
1921 and, from 1922 to 1928, Vassili was put in various orphanages. Then, he
started to follow courses intending to become a teacher, first in Grozny
then in Tioumen while working as professor in different cities. In 1936,
graduated of Tioumen institute, he became a teacher in the area of Isetsk.
In 1953, Vassili married
Lidia Kouzminitcha Klimenkova, a mathematics teacher in the same school. The
couple will have 4 children. Oleg, born in 1953, Olga, in 1955, Irina, in
1957 and Nadejda in 1961. In 1955, Filatov family came in the city of
Pretoria in the province of Orenburg where Vassili carried on teaching until
his retirement, in 1967. Then, Vassili and his wife went in Ikrianoe city,
in the province of Astrakhan where he died in 1988 of a cardiac
Filatov never spoke openly about what happend to him and to his family. He
remained still very vague about his early childhood and astonished all
people by its culture and its education when he was supposed to come from a
modest family of shoe-maker.
He known a lot of things
about Romanov family and about the way they had been imprisoned and murdered
at a time where the events around Romanov death had not been made public
yet. He evoked also the escape of Alexei, speaking about the young boy
sometimes with the 'he' word, sometime with the 'I' letting a doubt on his
On a medical point of view,
Vassili Filatov has been reformed from army because of his left leg which
was atrophied and paralyzed. One of his feet was also smaller than the other
one and he has to wear special orthopedic shoes. Vassili also presented some
symptoms close to hemophilia and has gradually learned to live with it and
face his disease with various natural methods and pharmacopoeia.
Vassili Filatov's children,
who present a certain resemblance with some Romanov family members, are
convinced that their father could have been Alexei Romanov surviving from
Ipatiev house killing. They have started graphological tests and scientific
analyses of photographs which would have given disconcerting results.
They decided also to finance DNA tests on their father body to raise
the doubt. The "Alexander Palace Time Machine Forum" devotes some threads
about last news on the "Filatov" case. You can find this URL in the 'Links'
section of Romanov-Memorial.Com.