WGXC (90.7 FM-Hudson, NY) Anastasia Interview with host Garrett Roche

On July 22,  2019 the author, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker, was interviewed on The Morning Show with Garrett Roche on Hudson, New York radio channel 90.7 FM (WGXC) about research in the claims of aka “Evgenia Smetisko” that she was in fact HIH Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov of Russia. Adult English as New Language students were listening live giving them an opportunity for listening comprehension, new vocabulary and expressions. Listener, Victoria Signorelli, called in to ask about the date of birth on the grave of aka “Smetisko” which is not that on any of her immigration and travel documents but rather that of the youngest Russian grand duchess-18 June 1901. Roche brought up the fact that KGB defector of renown, Michael Goleniewski, had met aka “Smetisko” who he told the CIA was Anastasia, and that the conversation was taped and sent to the Justice Department. Froebel-Parker explained that royal tutor, Charles “Sydney” Gibbes, had met various times with aka “Smetisko” in the UK, and that the latter had received his extensive and priceless Romanov Collection at his death. Most of these items were then bequeathed to the Museum of Russian History at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, at her death. In addition, she arranged for a sizable annuity in perpetuity to insure that the museum would always be funded. This is a continuing story for which WGXC has shown much interest as it has a local angle in the author and a regional aspect in the location of the grave at the monastery.

ARCHIVE (Froebel-Parker’s segment begins at 1:20:00)



Anna Vyrubova Exhibit in Helsinki

VyrubovaHelsinki, Finland will host an exhibit inspired by and dedicated to a lady-in-waiting to Empress
Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov, Anna Alexandrovna Vyrubova (née Taneyeva). The venue is
slated to be the Russian Center of Science and Culture.
Anna is often credited, albeit discredited, with being a force for the promotion of the “strannik”
(ie странник , an Orthodox pilgrim) known as Rasputin, recommending him to the Empress who
was constantly looking for a source of comfort and divine intervention for the well-being of her
son, Alexei the Tsarevitch.
Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov, Count Sumarokov-Elston, instrumental in the murder of
Rasputin, once exclaimed, “It was largely due to her that Rasputin owed his amazing rise to
The woman aka “Evgenia Smetisko, Eugenia Smith, Eugenie Smetisko and HIH Grand Duchess
Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov” writes in her memoirs included in Anastasia Again: The
Hidden Secret of the Romanovs (Ice Box Publishing, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-943927-13-5) that
Bolsheviks had gone to Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village where the imperial residence and
mansions of others close to court were located south of St. Petersburg) to dig up Rasputin’s
remains and cremate them.
Errantly, she maintains, they had mistaken the corpse of an elderly valet and destroyed that
instead. Rasputin, she confesses (p. 169) had been buried by Vyrubova “on her own property
near the woods on the high road heading toward Alexandrovka Village.” In contrast to
Vyrubova’s wishes, aka “Evgenia/Anastasia” confides, the Empress had suggested “that his body
should be shipped back to his family in Siberia.”
The exhibition will feature photographs, personal effects, archival documents and other objects
from Vyrubova’s estate.

Helsinki to Host Anna Vyrubova Exhibit

Soviet Intelligence & Anastasia Romanov


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Michael Goleniewski, born 1922 in Poland, is perhaps best known for having been at one time a “triple spy.” At the same time he was a spy for the Soviet government he was also the deputy head of military intelligence for the People’s Republic of Poland’s Ministry Of Public Security. As such he was privy not only to the most sensitive of state secrets but also to the identities of KGB agents in the West. After exposing them to the CIA he defected to the USA.

GoleniewskiMichaelAfter defection he began to assert that he was, in fact, the youngest child, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Alexei Romanov. Never mind the fact, that the Alexei of history had been born in 1904, eighteen years before Goleniewski’s birth. A quick double check with 2D visual face recognition technology from http://www.visualfacerecognition.com developed by Mr. Bob Schmitt of Buffalo, New York underscores that he could not have been who he alleged he was. Nonetheless, he pressed his thankful CIA colleagues to help him find his “sister,” Anastasia, who he claimed he had known for two years was in the USA.

It is noteworthy that the founder of the CIA Polygraph Lie Detection Unit, Grover “Cleve” Backster, had just completed a 30 hour interrogation of aka “Evgenia Smetisko,” sometimes referred to as “Eugenia Smith” and self-identified as HIH Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov, with a startling conclusion: she was telling the truth. She had not been lying at all and had not died 1918 as world historians had claimed (and many still do.)

Indeed, not only did Backster affirm “Evgenia’s” identity as Anastasia, but at her death the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)  buried her with the pseudonym yet with the date of birth of the grand duchess, namely 18 June 1901. This date of birth is clearly that of Anastasia Romanov and never appeared on any naturalization and immigration records for “Smetisko.”

The same visual face recognition technology which easily illustrates that Goleniewski could never have been Alexei, insightfully informs the viewer that aka “Evgenia Smetisko” is a match both in 2D and 3D analyses with Anastasia Romanov.

Above a 2D side by side.

Above a 2D overlay of photos of Grand Duchess Anastasia and the woman known as “Evgenia Smetisko.”

Above a 3D side by side using 22 points of reference for each image creating a 3D mask which allows for rotation.

Was the ruse of being Alexei Romanov the entry that Goleniewski used to pry from the CIA its initial affirmation that “Mrs. Smetisko” was really Anastasia Romanov, who did not die by Cheka assassination in the night of July 16/17, 1918, who had instead made it to the USA using a pseudonym and fake documents created, perhaps with US government assistance, in the name of Smetisko?

Further investigation continues, but the first supposition is that Goleniewski wanted to see for himself what he knew from his intelligence sources, that the “official” portrayal of the Romanov demise was not as presented to the public in the East and West.

During the conversation between the false “Alexei” and the apparently real Anastasia, reported on in detail in the 1979 book, The Hunt for The Czar, by Guy Richards we learn that CIA Polygraph expert, Backster, was again present to tape the exchange. (Patriotically, Smetisko then turned the tape over to the Justice Department.)

Evgenia/Anastasia tells her former Soviet spy visitor that she had attempted to see her “Aunt Olga” (ie Olga Alexandrovna Romanov, sister of the Tsar) when she arrived in  Toronto. Sadly, she admits, “She did not want to see me.” Many debunkers point to this fact to assert that Olga was rejecting yet another impostress. However, if we accept that aka “Evgenia” was truly Anastasia, might it be that Olga was careful NOT to divulge state secrets, ones that might imperil other Romanovs, even other members of the Tsar’s immediate family which were living with pseudonyms abroad?

Well known Romanov researcher, Marie Stravlo, will soon reveal with her research group information that deals with this possibility. The purpose of this author’s research, however, is to peel away the onion layers of the person known as “Evgenia Smetisko”  buried with the date of birth of Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Richards points out that all involved with Backster’s polygraph lie detector test in 1963 were confident that “Evgenia” was Anastasia, but were baffled that there seemed to be waffling in the questions dealing with the alleged murder of the family. Either her recollection was foggy given the trauma of the moment, or, Richards postulates, something else was underlying her non conclusive answers. It was a possibility that had not even occurred to the witnesses in 1963, namely that there had been no execution at all in the Ipatiev House.

Instead of a gory massacre, doubted by some investigators who arrived shortly thereafter and reported seeing walls full of bullet holes but no signs of blood and murder, Evgenia/Anastasia was, perhaps, bound to a promise that she would always promote an “official” report, while knowing diametrically opposed truthful details.

Let us return to the case of the Tsar’s sister, now Mrs. Kulikovsky, who had found safety for herself and her family in Canada. A 2D visual face recognition analysis suggests that Olga and aka “Evgenia” could have easily been “aunt” and “niece.”

If so, we can only imagine the pain that Olga must have felt to have to deny her niece, Anastasia, to not embrace her and  delight in common memories. While Evgenia/Anastasia would have suffered also to be rebuffed by her aunt, she did not understand, perhaps, that this “rejection” was really necessary to protect others. In today’s terminology it might be dubbed “tough love.”

More details will soon follow, but research as of 2018 is able to be accessed in the book below:


Fate of the Romanovs Research: New Assertions! New Energy!

The comparison of the faces is one of the most accurate I have seen especially considering the difference in ages. There is little doubt it’s the same person.

Bob Schmitt (www.visualfacerecognition.com)

When approached with the idea of a new docudrama based on the life of aka “Evgenia Smetisko/Anastasia Romanov” subject of Anastasia Again: The Hidden Secret of the Romanovs the representative of an international broadcast heavy weight organization purportedly said, post rejection, “Anastasia died in 1918; everyone knows that!” Breaking sacrosanct narratives of the past can be a daunting task. It requires daily attempts and certain imperviousness to rejection.

Although the Russian Orthodox Church under Patriarch Kirill has not yet made a definitive declaration on the state of the alleged remains of the Romanovs in its possession after their subsequent removal to a laboratory in 2015, much can be understood from the extreme caution the Church is exercising. This hesitation to come to a definitive explanation of whose remains are actually in the sealed glass chambers under heavy security and scientific scrutiny translates to “not yet certain!” The casual reader may spontaneously exclaim, “Wait, weren’t these remains given an imprimatur of authenticity when two more sets of fragmentary remains were found near the main grave pit 2007 six miles north of Ekaterinburg, Russia?” The simple answer, “Nyet!”

In 2015 shortly after this author told a representative of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Herkimer County, upstate New York State, not far from Cooperstown, that I had 2D visual face recognition evidence that the woman in their cemetery buried with the name “Evgenia Smetisko” yet with the date of birth of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov (18 June 1901) and would go to the press when I had 3D analyses, the “Romanov Remains” in Russia were disinterred from the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. Coincidence or not, the timing was symbolic as it signaled that there was a lack of a cohesive understanding of the “Romanov Tragedy.

Using the technology of www.visualfacerecognition.com thanks to its founder Mr. Bob Schmitt of Buffalo, New York, 3D analyses only served to bolster the 2D revelations that aka Evgenia Smetisko was not lying when she claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, long dead in public understanding but quite alive outside of her Orthodox icon. Mr. Schmitt now insists,” The comparison of the faces is one of the most accurate I have seen especially considering the difference in ages. There is little doubt it’s the same person.” 

snippet from 3D visual face recognition analysis

A theological conundrum was evident even in 1981 when the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) canonized the entire family of Tsar Nicholas II, assuming they had all died in 1918, which made Anastasia an instant saint. However, in 1981 aka Evgenia Smetisko/Anastasia Romanov visited the ROCOR monastery in Jordanville, NY to discuss how her future donation of Romanov objects and a sizable annuity in perpetuity would be used to fund a museum of Russian History there. When a then young monk asked her companion who the little old lady was, the answer was swift and firm, “Why, that is Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov!” The quandary of how to reconcile sainthood and the miracle of survival is one which is surely part of any inner ecclesiastical discussions to which the laity is not privy.

Monastery officials confirm that aka Evgenia/Anastasia had received many Romanov objects from former tutor to the Romanov children, Charles Sydney Gibbes, who later returned to England, converted to Orthodoxy and became an Orthodox monk. Aka Evgenia/Anastasia visited him various times in the UK, and upon his death his son transferred the priceless objects to E/A most now in the museum her foundation funds in perpetuity. It is worth noting that Gibbes, intimately acquainted with the family, firmly rejected the claims of another woman who had stated she was Anastasia, namely aka Anna Anderson Manahan, later identified as Franziska Schanzkowska.

It is this pivotal challenge to Schanzkowska’s tale, one which was the impetus for the famous film with Ingrid Bergman, which must again be highlighted. Well known researcher, Marie Stravlo, authoress and commentator in various articles, news stories and documentaries about the Romanovs, will soon publish the findings of her international research group about what they propose was the true tale of the last days of the Romanovs. The take away of what is already publicly readable on the Facebook page The Russian Imperial Family Historical Society (RIFHS): what historians have believed and published about what happened in the Ipatiev House may not be exactly what happened, and, YES, Anastasia survived.

Keeping an open mind while evidence is presented can be daunting if we want to believe or are committed to a certain point of view which we do not want to challenge. While the world awaits Stravlo’s  purported copious documentation, including promised DNA beyond that analysis which showed Anna Anderson to be a member of the Schanzkowska family, certain challenges appear. Who has the “new” DNA? Who is submitting it? Has it been kept viable in a manner in accord with scientific and forensic protocol? As aka Franziska Anna Anderson Manahan Schanzkowska was cremated in violation of Orthodox canon, how can investigators be sure it really originates with said Anastasia claimant? In the case of aka Evgenia Smetisko/Anastasia Romanov, the body lies intact in a Russian Orthodox grave which boasts the date of birth of the last grand duchess.

Pseudonym “Evgenia Smetisko” but DOB of Anastasia Romanov

When a DNA test is ordered by the NYS FBI, Russian Sledcom, or requested by the Romanov Family, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) or the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) the sample can be attained under strict protocol and immediately secured, preserved and analyzed without fear of interference, contamination or conflict of interest.

The world awaits not only Stravlo’s tantalizing conclusions about Anastasia’s parents and siblings, but also the definitive identification of the woman buried in the Holy Trinity Monastery graveyard, a 2D/3D visual face recognition match with Anastasia Romanov, even if the church must modify its iconographic representation of the Tsar and his family. We will be on top of this story and break any new developments.

Anastasia Again: The Hidden Secret of the Romanovs is available at: https://tsarizm.com/book-reviews/2018/03/02/anastasia-hidden-secret-romanovs/

Discussion about Froebel Gallery artist Barbara Green’s portrait of Anastasia Romanov: Part 2

Garrett Roche who regularly appears on Kieran Riley’s Afternoon Show, 90.7 FM in Hudson, NY, talks with Victoria Signorelli and Froebel Gallery director, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker, about Froebel Gallery artist Barbara K Green and her formal portrait of adult Anastasia Romanov as well as JF-P’s book ANASTASIA AGAIN: THE HIDDEN SECRET OF THE ROMANOVS (available at all online book retailers)

Discussion About artist Barbara Green & Portrait of Anastasia Romanov: Part One

Garrett Roche, frequent co-host on the Kieran Riley Afternoon Show at 90.7FM in Hudson, NY-USA talks with Victoria Signorelli and Froebel Gallery director, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker, about Froebel Gallery artist, Barbara Kur Green, her portrait of adult Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov and Froebel-Parker’s book about the case of aka Evgenia Smetisko/Anastasia Romanov: ANASTASIA AGAIN: THE HIDDEN SECRET OF THE ROMANOVS (at all online book retailers and tsarizm.com)