The book analyzes the controversy surrounding the DNA of the putative Romanovs. The Russian Orthodox Church and numerous leading DNA scientists, not only in Russia but here in the US as well, refute the official DNA conclusions released in Moscow. The western press failed to report that the Russian Orthodox Church refused to allow the bones, upon which the DNA testing was conducted, to be buried as Romanovs. In fact, the patriarch instructed the priest who officiated at the burial to simply call them "Christian Victims of the Revolution." Renowned scientists like Dr. Lev Zhivotovsky, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow (the home of the leading intellectuals in all of Russia) presented to the Duma, the Russian Parliament, his non-acceptance of the DNA findings. In the US, Dr. William Shields, a consultant to the families of the MIAs in the Viet Nam War, also states his non-acceptance of the official DNA conclusions.
New DNA testing that was recently performed by Dr. Alec Knight, the Department of Genetics, Stanford University, is said - in a recent article picked up by ITAR-TASS, with a date line of December 2, 2004 - to have cast additional doubt on the DNA of the putative Romanovs. Directions to links relating to the studies conducted by Dr. Knight and his colleagues will appear shortly on the New Evidence page. The citations will enable readers to search for the stories that appeared in Annals of Human Biology and in Science Magazine in February 2004 on the work that is being conducted by Dr. Alec Knight and Dr. Lev Zhivotovsky of the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.