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(BBG) Geneva Police Confiscate Euro Bills Clogging Up Toilets

(BBG) Talk about money down the drain.

Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva branch of UBS Group AG.

The first 500-euro ($597) bills were discovered several months ago in a bathroom close to a bank vault containing hundreds of safe deposit boxes, according to a report in Tribune de Geneve confirmed by the city prosecutor’s office. A few days later, more banknotes turned up in toilets at three nearby restaurants, requiring thousands of francs in plumbing repairs to unclog the pipes.

In all, police have extracted tens of thousands of euros in soiled bills, many of which appear to have been cut with scissors.

While destroying banknotes isn’t a crime in Switzerland, “there must be something behind this story,” said Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva Prosecutor’s Office. “That’s why we started an investigation.”

He declined to discuss the case further. UBS also declined to comment on the incident at its branch on the Rue de la Corraterie in downtown Geneva.

(ZH) Tennis Legend Boris Becker Bankrupt, Burns €100MM Fortune With Help of “Nigerian Investments”

(ZH) Boris Becker was a legend on the tennis court, unfortunatly when it comes to investing, he appears to have shared an advisor with Johnny Depp.

According to claims in the German media, Boris Becker may have lost his roughly €100 million fortune in part because of questionable investments in the Nigerian oil industry. Ever since the 49-year-old former tennis star was declared bankrupt in a London court last month, there has been rampant speculation over how he managed to squander a personal fortune estimated at roughly €100 million.

Now, according to Germany’s Spiegel, Becker’s business dealings went far deeper than celebrity endorsements and media appearances. The magazine claims he made investments in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, and at one point considered a single investment of more than $10m (£7.6m).

It also alleges he had extensive links outside the world of tennis that ranged from African leaders to Laxmi Mittal, the Indian steel billionaire, and was seen as some one who could facilitate business deals.

The claims centre on documents Spiegel says it was shown by Football Leaks, a whistleblowing website. They documents include alleged internal emails from Doyen Global, a sports management agency which represented Becker for a brief period starting in late 2013, which reportedly show that Becker Private Office, a company controlled by Becker, held extensive shares in the Nigerian oil and gas business, Spiegel claims.

The magazine claims it has seen details of a single investment of “more than $10m” in Nigerian oil prepared for Becker by Forbes & Manhattan, a Canadian investment bank and a former associate of the tennis player. It notes that it was not clear whether Becker went through with the investment, or whether it was successful, although judging by his recent bankruptcy, the odds are not good.

As the Telegraph adds, Becker’s association with Doyen was publicly presented as an opportunity for the company to expand its operations in the world of tennis. But the allegedly email leaks note that he had met recently with Mittal and John Mahama, the Ghanaian president at the time, and describe him as “some one who can open doors for us in certain circles”.

Meanwhile, during bankruptcy proceedings in London last month, John Briggs, Becker’s laywer, told the court: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances.” His bank account seems to agree.

(BBC) Oscars winners 2017: The full list

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Oscar statuettesImage copyrightAFP

The full list of winners at the 89th Academy Awards.

 

Best picture

  • Winner: Moonlight
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea

Best actress

  • Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best actor

  • Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington – Fences

Best supporting actress

  • Winner: Viola Davis – Fences
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman – Lion
  • Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best supporting actor

  • Winner: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel – Lion
  • Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best director

  • Winner: La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
  • Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best original screenplay

  • Winner: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  • Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou

Best adapted screenplay

  • Winner: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
  • Arrival – Eric Heisserer
  • Fences – August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion – Luke Davies

Best original score

  • Winner: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
  • Jackie – Mica Levi
  • Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
  • Passengers – Thomas Newton

Best original song

  • Winner: La La Land – City of Stars by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • La La Land – Audition by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • Moana – How Far I’ll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Trolls – Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • Jim: The James Foley Story – The Empty Chair by J Ralph and Sting

Best cinematography

  • Winner: La La Land – Linus Sandgren
  • Arrival – Bradford Young
  • Lion – Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight – James Laxton
  • Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Best foreign language film

  • Winner: The Salesman – Iran
  • A Man Called Ove – Sweden
  • Land of Mine – Denmark
  • Tanna – Australia
  • Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best costume design

  • Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
  • Allied – Joanna Johnston
  • Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
  • Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
  • La La Land – Mary Zophres

Best make-up and hairstyling

  • Winner: Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
  • A Man Called Ove – Eva Von Bahr and Love Larson
  • Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

Best documentary feature

  • Winner: OJ: Made in America
  • 13th
  • Fire At Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated

Best sound editing

  • Winner: Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Best sound mixing

  • Winner: Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Gary Summers, Jeffrey J Haboush and Mac Ruth
  • Arrival – Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best animated short

  • Winner: Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
  • Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
  • Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
  • Pearl – Patrick Osborne

Best animated feature

  • Winner: Zootopia
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle

Best production design

  • Winner: La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
  • Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
  • Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
  • Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

Best visual effects

  • Winner: The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones and Dan Lemmon
  • Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
  • Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
  • Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Best film editing

  • Winner: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
  • Arrival – Joe Walker
  • Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
  • La La Land – Tom Cross
  • Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best documentary short

  • Winner: The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
  • 4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
  • Extremis – Dan Krauss
  • Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

Best live action short

  • Winner: Sing – Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
  • Ennemis Interieurs – Selim Azzazi
  • La Femme et le TGV – Timo Von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • Timecode – Juanjo Gimenez

Thank You All 300000 Visits in the last 365 days

Thank You All!

Yesterday we have reached our 300000 visit in the last 365 days.

Considering that we do not see, or count, any visit using a VPN, experts say our number of visits should be more like one million.

Also we never advertised or connected ourselves with any of the so called “social networks”.

We just try our best.

Thank you all for your patience and support.

Francisco (Abouaf) de Curiel Marques Pereira

(OBS) Especialista em sondagens prometeu que comia inseto se Trump ganhasse. E cumpriu

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Um especialista em sondagens não acreditava na vitória de Trump, e prometeu que comeria um inseto caso o republicano ultrapassasse os 240 votos no Colégio Eleitoral. Prometeu e cumpriu. Em direto.

O especialista em sondagens comeu um grilo com mel em direto na CNN

O especialista em sondagens Sam Wang prometeu que, caso Donald Trump ultrapassasse os 240 votos no Colégio Eleitoral, comeria um inseto. Prometeu e cumpriu. No sábado, o especialista da Universidade de Princeton comeu um grilo com mel em direto na CNN. Veja o momento:

Durante toda a transmissão em direto, Sam Wang mostra-se arrependido da promessa que fez e tenta adiar o momento ao explicar a importância das questões políticas. “Penso que comer o inseto é sensacionalista e afasta-nos nos assuntos políticos importantes, como as nomeações para o Supremo Tribunal”, começa por dizer Wang.

Ainda antes de comer o grilo com mel — a que chamou “um grilo ao estilo gourmet, do ponto de vista de um animal de estimação” –, Sam Wang esclarece: “Há coisas que podem acontecer para unir o país, e comer um inseto não é uma delas. Queria só sublinhar isso”.

Depois da introdução, o cientista resigna-se. “Muitas pessoas estavam erradas, mas nenhuma fez a promessa que eu fiz”, destaca. Num último momento antes de colocar o grilo com mel na boca, Wang compara-se a João Batista, que “comeu gafanhotos com mel”. Depois de engolir o inseto, garantiu que lhe soube “sobretudo a mel, e um bocadinho a noz”.

+++ (JN) Jornalista francês não reconhece Marcelo nem Guterres – Video

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Jornalista francês não reconhece Marcelo nem Guterres
O jornalista francês Martin Weill está nos Estados Unidos a cobrir toda a campanha das eleições presidenciais norte-americanas. Esta terça-feira esteve a cobrir a 71ª sessão da Assembleia Geral da ONU e protagonizou um momento embaraçoso.

Martin Weill é um jornalista francês do programa Quotidien, do canal TMC, que está nos EUA, entre Setembro e Novembro, a cobrir diariamente a campanha das eleições presidenciais naquele país. Esta terça-feira, 20 de Setembro, foi até Nova Iorque, por ocasião da 71ª sessão da Assembleia Geral da ONU, e aproveitou para tentar saber a opinião de representantes de outros países sobre uma possível passagem de mandato de Barack Obama para Donald Trump.

No vídeo de pouco mais de 4 minutos que passou no programa Quotidien, quando António Guterres passa (minuto 2:44) Weill diz que com diplomatas – sendo notório que não reconhece o candidato a substituir Ban ki-moon no mais alto cargo das Nações Unidas – não está a ter muita sorte e que é melhor tentar mais altos dignatários. Isto depois de ter falado com alguns representantes de países que preferiram não se pronunciar sobre Trump.

Mas o verdadeiro momento de embaraço é quando fala (minuto 4:23) com Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. O jornalista abordou o chefe de Estado, sem saber quem era, e perguntou-lhe se se sentia inquieto em relação às eleições presidenciais de 8 de Novembro nos EUA. Marcelo respondeu que preferia não tecer comentários sobre os problemas de outros países, sobretudo “países amigos”.

É então que Weill lhe pergunta a que comitiva pertence. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa diz que faz parte da delegação portuguesa. Weill pergunta-lhe então qual o cargo que ocupa. “Sou o Presidente da República de Portugal”, responde Marcelo.

No estúdio, a reacção de Yann Romain Barthès, que conduz o programa Quotidien, não se fez esperar. Por entre os risos na plateia, Barthés brinca com a situação e diz-lhe que provocou um incidente diplomático entre França e Portugal. Ao que Weill responde: “Fica prometido que vou rever os [nomes dos] chefes de Estado”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ElConfidencial) ‘Deep State’ o el gobierno en la sombra de EEUU. Y no es una conspiración Leer más: Estados Unidos: Deep State o el gobierno en la sombra de EEUU. Y no es una conspiración

(ElConfidencial – click to see) El ex miembro del personal del Congreso de EEUU, Mike Lofgren, acaba de publicar un libro en el que afirma que existe una clase gobernante por encima de la Casa Blanca.

Foto: El poder real es mucho menos visible que el político, según Lofgren. (iStock)
El poder real es mucho menos visible que el político, según Lofgren. (iStock)

“¿Por qué llegué a escribir un análisis del Estado Profundo, del ‘Deep State’? Porque estaba allí. Fui durante 28 años miembro del personal del Congreso especializado en la seguridad nacional, manejaba información secreta, y me moví en los límites del mundo que describo”. Quien así habla es Mike Lofgren, un exfuncionario que se hizo popular con el libro ‘Party’s over. How republicans went crazy, democrats become useless and the middle class got shafted’, y que ahora acaba de publicar ‘Deep State. The fall of the Constitution and the rise of a shadow goverment’, una radiografía de los poderes que funcionan dentro del Estado y que define como “una asociación híbrida de elementos de gobierno, de las finanzas de alto nivel y de la industria que es capaz de gobernar de forma efectiva los Estados Unidos sin necesitar el consentimiento de los gobernados expresado a través de la política formal”.

Según Mike Lofgren, este Deep State “es el hilo rojo que une la guerra contra el terrorismo, la financiarización y desindustrialización de la economía estadounidense, el surgimiento de una estructura social plutocrática y la disfunción política”. Pero, insiste, no estamos hablando de una conspiración, de un poder en las sombras que funciona escondiendo su rastro, sino de “operadores que actúan a la luz del día”. Tampoco se les puede llamar el ‘establishment’. “Todas las sociedades complejas tienen un ‘establishment’, una red social cuya finalidad es su enriquecimiento y perpetuación. El Deep State es más bien una clase en sí misma. No se trata de algo siniestro, aunque algunos de sus aspectos sí lo sean, sino de algo que está tremendamente arraigado. Y tampoco es invencible: sus fracasos, como los de Irak, Afganistán o Libia son rutinarios, y sólo su protección hacia quienes toman las decisiones de alto rango les permite escapar de las consecuencias de su frecuente ineptitud”.

En el Congreso sólo piensan en cómo ser reelegidos, salvo algunos miembros de los comités de seguridad y defensa, que sí saben lo que ocurre

El Deep State está formado, señala Lofgren en una entrevista en ‘Salon’, por aquellos en los que todo el mundo está pensando. En primer lugar, el complejo militar-industrial, con el Pentágono y todos sus contratistas, pero también por el Departamento del Tesoro, que les liga a los flujos financieros, por algunos tribunales, como los del distrito sur de Manhattan y el oriental de Virginia, y por el aparato de seguridad nacional. “En el Congreso, la mayoría de gente está ocupada pensando en cómo van a ser reelegidos, salvo algunos miembros de los comités de seguridad y defensa, que sí saben lo que ocurre”.

Finanzas y tecnología

El segundo sector que forma parte de esta red que opera sobre las instituciones es Wall Street, cuyas líneas de comunicación con el gobierno son frecuentes y sus lazos muy estrechos, encarnados en personas como David Petraeus, Bill Daley (el ex jefe de gabinete del presidente Obama), Hank Paulson, que llegó de Goldman Sachs para convertirse en secretario del Tesoro y rescató a Wall Street en 2008, o Tim Geithner. La relación de la política con el mundo financiero más parece de subordinación que de coordinación.

Su pose preferida es la del tecnócrata políticamente neutral que ofrece asesoramiento experto sustentado en su gran experiencia
El tercer núcleo de influencia es Silicon Valley, un actor cada vez más poderoso. En parte porque ya rivalizan en las ganancias que obtienen con Wall Street, con empresas como Google o Apple en los primeros puestos de las cotizadas. Y, en otro sentido, porque la mayoría de la información que reciben la NSA y el resto de las agencias de inteligencia proviene de la cooperación con empresas del valle. El dinero y los datos que aportan, asegura Lofgren, provocan que puedan conseguir lo que quieren de Washington, por ejemplo en lo que se refiere a la propiedad intelectual.

La ideología oficial de la clase gobernante

Los asesores de la Casa Blanca que instaron a Obama a no imponer límites de indemnización a los CEO de Wall Street, el contratista que obtuvo ganancias enormes en Irak a base de insistir en una acción de control bélico nada útil o los gurús económicos que perpetuamente demuestran que la globalización y la desregulación son una bendición que nos hará bien a todos a largo plazo son parte de este Deep State, “pero se preocupan por fingir que carecen de ideología. Su pose preferida es la del tecnócrata políticamente neutral que ofrece asesoramiento experto sustentado en su gran experiencia”, algo que Lofgren considera absurdo porque están “profundamente teñidos del color de la ideología oficial de la clase gobernante, una ideología que no es ni demócrata ni republicana”.

Este síndrome es endémico en Washington, y más aún en cuanto la crítica no es un instrumento útil si se quiere progresar en la carrera profesional

Para Lofgren, este reparto de poder tiene dos consecuencias notablemente perniciosas. La primera es obvia, porque supone una clase operando al margen de las garantías políticas e institucionales, y de los mecanismos democráticos elegidos. La segunda también es conocida, pero se suele poner menos de manifiesto, como es su ineficiencia. Hablamos de un entorno, fuertemente arraigado y bien protegido por la vigilancia, la influencia, el dinero y su capacidad de cooptar la resistencia, “lo que le hace casi impermeable al cambio”.

‘Groupthink’

La asimilación cultural es parte esencial de un entorno en el que funciona fluidamente lo que el psicólogo Irving L. Janis, denominó ‘groupthink’, esa capacidad camaleónica que tenemos de adoptar los puntos de vista de los compañeros y de los superiores sin cuestionarlos, simplemente porque son las creencias que todos ellos comparten. Este síndrome es endémico en Washington, señala Lofgren, y más aún en la medida en que la crítica no es un instrumento útil si se quiere progresar en la carrera profesional. El cuestionamiento está mal visto, y es peor todavía si resulta fundado.

Si algo va mal, apuestan por hacer el doble de lo mismo, como si el problema fuera que no han insistido lo suficiente

Además, las formas de acción del Deep State suelen alimentarse de una respuesta usual a los problemas a lo largo de los imperios que nos ha dado la historia, apunta Lofgren. Cuando fracasan, su reacción instintiva es hacer lo mismo pero aumentando los esfuerzos; si algo va mal, apuestan por hacer el doble de lo mismo, como si el problema fuera que no han insistido lo suficiente. En este sentido, Lofgren compara al Washington actual con Roma, Constantinopla o Londres, capitales que fueron de imperios que se resquebrajaron internamente antes de caer. Sus costumbres y su arrogancia las llevaron a la ruina.

La historia y sus imprevistos

En ese entorno, Lofgren comienza a percibir algunas contradicciones. El Deep State, afirma, sustentó al Tea Party, y ahora muchas de sus figuras se vuelven en contra de sus intereses, a causa de su oposición al déficit público y de algunas de sus ideas económicas; los estadounidenses están cada vez más cansados de la presencia de su país en un Oriente medio cada vez más embrollado; Silicon Valley percibe que la cooperación con la seguridad nacional también tiene sus costes, y que podrían ganar mucho más dinero si hicieran otras cosas (“y el dinero es su prioridad”); y que la parte del presupuesto que necesitan para financiar a los suyos quiere ser restringida por algunos políticos para repercutirlos en unos EEUU cada vez más débiles económicamente.

El resultado de todos estos acontecimientos es incierto, asegura Lofgren, también para el Deep State, ya que la historia suele utilizar formas imprevistas para derrocar a los poderosos.

(FSP) Cenário desaba na cabeça de apresentadora em TV de Portugal

(Folha) Cenário desaba na cabeça de apresentadora em TV de Portugal; assista vídeo.

A apresentadora de um programa de TV português foi vítima do mal funcionamento de um cenário, na última terça-feira (21). A jornalista, do Porto Canal, estava conversando ao vivo com um telespectador pelo telefone quando foi atingida na cabeça por um tapume que caiu atrás dela. “Ai meu Deus!”, exclamou a apresentadora, que, sem graça, tentava contornar o constrangimento enquanto uma funcionária ajeitava o cenário. O convidado, um médico, também ficou sem saber o que dizer. Quem conseguiu salvar a situação foi o telespectador, que fez uma piada com o fato e depois brincou: “espero que você não fique magoada comigo”. “Não estou magoada, mas não achei a menor graça”, respondeu a apresentadora.

(EXP) Vladimir Putin ‘wants’ to reinstate Russia’s royal family and bring back the Tsars

(EXP) Vladimir Putin ‘wants’ to reinstate Russia’s royal family and bring back the Tsars

The Romanov family’s extraordinary return would not threaten the rule of the Kremlin strongman but would aim to give them a role in unifying Russia.

The move proposed by Vladimir Petrov, a law maker from Putin’s party, has prompted speculation that it has the Russian leader’s direct approval.

Petrov also plans to introduce a law, which would be implemented by the centenary of the end of Imperial rule, which would “give the Royal family members a special status” and “stimulate their return to Russia”.

The legislator has written letters to the heirs of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled the country for two centuries before the abdication of last Tsar Nicholas II ahead of two revolutions in 1917.

Tsar Nicholas II surrounded by his family who were all believed killed in the Russian revolutionMike Gunnell

Tsar Nicholas II surrounded by his family who were all believed killed in the Russian revolution

The following year the Romanov family – Nicholas and his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei – were executed by Bolsheviks led by Yakov Yurovsky under the orders of the Ural Soviet.

Petrov has written to Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Prince Dimitri Romanovich urging them to return to Russia to become symbols of national culture in order to “revive the spiritual power of Russian people”.

The leaked letter read: “Throughout the history of its reign, the Imperial dynasty of the Romanovs was one of the pillars of Russia’s sovereignty.”

The country now “goes through a difficult process of restoring the country’s greatness and returning its global influence” and “members of the Romanov House cannot stay aloof from the processes taking place in Russia now at such an important historical moment”.

Tsar Nicholas II with his cousin King George VGETTY

Tsar Nicholas II with his cousin King George V

Throughout the history of its reign, the Imperial dynasty of the Romanovs was one of the pillars of Russia’s sovereignty

It states: “I am sure that a return of the descendants of the last Russian ruler to the historic homeland will contribute towards smoothing of political contradictions left since the October Revolution, and will become a symbol of the revival of the spiritual power of Russian people.

“The Royal family descendants might play an important symbolic role in Russian society.

“Like in many European countries, Romanovs might become a symbol of preserving traditions and national culture.”

The royals would be returned to one of the great Romanov palaces including Ropshinsky or Pavlovsky, near St Petersburg, or the grand Livadia Palace in Crimea, annexed by Putin from Ukraine last year.

The letter continued: “Until now, many of Tsar family’s palaces stay empty or are used for a wrong purpose.

“I think that it would only benefit everyone if one of such palaces in Leningrad region will be used as an official residence.”

Alexander Zakharov, director of Romanov Imperial House in Russia, hinted that some representatives of the dynasty were ready to return to Russia.

He said: “The Imperial House has repeatedly said that it is ready to come back to Russia for permanent residence, and our representatives spend increasingly more time in Russia and feel eager to move.

“Duchess Maria Vladimirovna could have returned any moment as a private citizen, but since she heads the Imperial House and bears responsibility to the ancestors, her return must be decent.”

Mr Zakharov said that she was not seeking a lavish palace, adding: “She claims neither real estate rights, nor political powers and privileges, but she wants the Imperial House to be a historical institution and part of the country’s historical heritage.”

There are some theories which suggest Anastasia Romanov, far right, survived Bolshevik revolutionGETTY

There are some theories which suggest Anastasia Romanov, far right, survived Bolshevik revolution

But he stressed that the deposed royal family should not be dragged into political games in modern Russia.

“The Imperial House does not take part in any political fights,” he added, warning that there were groups seeking to “exploit the royals.”

But Sergey Markov, head of the Institute of Political Studies, argued that a return of the Romanovs would have little influence on a modern Russia.

He added: “Most of the countries pay no respect to Imperial Houses, except for Great Britain and the Netherlands.

“People in Russia treat the Romanovs either as victims because they were shot by the Bolsheviks, or as traitors who behaved irresponsibly during the critical years of the monarchy.

“Many believe that it was Nicholas II’s abdication that provoked civil war.”