The Kremlin Faces Divine Wrath
As Ownership Row Returns to Court

Valery Kubarev insists that he is the living scion of the Rurik dynasty

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Moscow could face divine retribution if the authorities do not show sufficient respect to the last descendant of Ivan the Terrible.

Valery Kubarev insists that he is the living scion of the Rurik dynasty, and as such should be installed in the Kremlin, which he regards as his ancestral home.

And when his legal bid to oust the president from his official base is resolved on Monday he has warned that there are supernatural forces backing him.

The website of Kubarev’s “Prince’s fund” warned: “Ruriks are the descendants of ancient gods that are better not disturbed, or the consequences for the jokers will be lamentable.”

The Court Case

The Princes fund is suing the Russian government for the recognition of the right to use the Kremlin as his residence and is arguing that the authorities have no papers that entitle them to the ancient house of the Tsars.

Kubarev also argues that while he is not averse to democratic rule in Russia, it would be better to have a council of princes as the power was vested in them by God.

The Moscow Arbitration court will announce the verdict on Monday, Oct. 18 on whether Kubarev has any claim – proprietary or political - to the Kremlin.

However, most historians have long agreed that the Rurik line disappeared with Ivan’s death in 1584 – a view which Kubarev says is contradicted by DNA testing.

Media Response

Not surprisingly, Kubarev’s unlikely bid to return to the age of Ivan the Terrible has attracted plenty of media attention – but little of it has been to the prince’s liking.

On his website he dismisses the press response as “tomfoolery” and rails against journalists who interviewed him on friendly terms only to portray him as a ridiculous figure in print or on air.

This is blamed on the authorities’ inability to dispute his claim by legal means and which is determined to present him as a deluded fool.

But he Kubarev is confident that he could never appear more absurd than the country’s current leaders, with particular scorn reserved for the action-man antics of Vladimir Putin.

“[He is a] Batman which drains peat bogs, douses them with water, drives a motorcycle without the license, operates a plane and extinguishes fires from air without the license of the pilot, publicly announces a terrible hurricane threatening Moscow, and makes inhuman efforts to rescue Muscovites, but no one notices the hurricane…”

Source: The Moscow News
17 October, 2010