Russians claiming Suwarrow

Friday September 30, 2011 Written by Rachel ReevesRachel Reeves Published in Local

A Russian political party leader is claiming that he purchased Suwarrow from the Cook Islands government in July of this year.

Anton Bakov has declared Suwarrow the capital of the revitalised Russian Empire and himself the prime minister.

Izvestia, one of Moscows most well-known newspapers, quotes Bakov as saying he bought Suwarrow for tens of millions of dollars from Prime Minister Henry Puna on July 20.

Bakov has apparently declared Suwarrow a federal constitutional monarchy. Purchasing the atoll is reportedly part and parcel of his plan to re-establish the Russian Empire, which was a state from 1721 until the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the predecessor to the Soviet Union.

The coat of arms of Bakovs new Russian Empire of which Suwarrow is the capital displays a double-headed eagle and the hammer and sickle. Its flag is the old Russian Navy Ensign, a blue X against a white background.

Bakov says he himself is responsible for managing the micronation of Suwarrow. He claims to be searching for a descendent of the Romanov dynasty line to assume the role of emperor, but until then he will remain in charge.

Russian-born Rutaki resident Dr Oxana Makhno says Bakov is quite a prominent political figure.

He was a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation the lower house of the federal assembly from 2003 to 2007. He is also the vice-chairman of the Federal Political Council of the Party Action one of the largest political parties in Russia and an outspoken environmental activist and champion of human rights.

Bakov maintains Suwarrow is woven into Russias history.

Suwarrow was uninhabited when Russian ship Suvorov made landfall there in 1814.

The ship itself from which the island takes its name was named after Russian general Alexander Suvorov. His surname is spelt Suwarrow in Lord Byrons epic poem Don Juan.

The atolls name has been spelled Souvorow, Souwaroff and Souworoff, but New Zealand ultimately adopted Lord Byrons Suwarrow as the official spelling.

The Izvestia article in question was printed in early September.

Russian-born Rarotonga resident Tatiana Burn says Izvestia is generally regarded as a credible newspaper in Russia.

The writer of the Izvestia article quoting Bakov says that calls to Punas office presumably put through to double-check Bakovs claim were not returned.

Chief executive of the office of the prime minister Edwin Pittman dismissed Bakovs claim as a con.

This is clearly inaccurate. I dont think it is necessary to respond to something that is clearly a con of some nature and not worth worrying about, he said yesterday.

A Russian political party leader is claiming that he purchased Suwarrow from the Cook Islands government in July of this year.

Anton Bakov has declared Suwarrow the capital of the revitalised Russian Empire and himself the prime minister.

Izvestia, one of Moscows most well-known newspapers, quotes Bakov as saying he bought Suwarrow for tens of millions of dollars from Prime Minister Henry Puna on July 20.

Bakov has apparently declared Suwarrow a federal constitutional monarchy. Purchasing the atoll is reportedly part and parcel of his plan to re-establish the Russian Empire, which was a state from 1721 until the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the predecessor to the Soviet Union.

The coat of arms of Bakovs new Russian Empire of which Suwarrow is the capital displays a double-headed eagle and the hammer and sickle. Its flag is the old Russian Navy Ensign, a blue X against a white background.

Bakov says he himself is responsible for managing the micronation of Suwarrow. He claims to be searching for a descendent of the Romanov dynasty line to assume the role of emperor, but until then he will remain in charge.

Russian-born Rutaki resident Dr Oxana Makhno says Bakov is quite a prominent political figure.

He was a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation the lower house of the federal assembly from 2003 to 2007. He is also the vice-chairman of the Federal Political Council of the Party Action one of the largest political parties in Russia and an outspoken environmental activist and champion of human rights.

Bakov maintains Suwarrow is woven into Russias history.

Suwarrow was uninhabited when Russian ship Suvorov made landfall there in 1814.

The ship itself from which the island takes its name was named after Russian general Alexander Suvorov. His surname is spelt Suwarrow in Lord Byrons epic poem Don Juan.

The atolls name has been spelled Souvorow, Souwaroff and Souworoff, but New Zealand ultimately adopted Lord Byrons Suwarrow as the official spelling.

The Izvestia article in question was printed in early September.

Russian-born Rarotonga resident Tatiana Burn says Izvestia is generally regarded as a credible newspaper in Russia.

The writer of the Izvestia article quoting Bakov says that calls to Punas office presumably put through to double-check Bakovs claim were not returned.

Chief executive of the office of the prime minister Edwin Pittman dismissed Bakovs claim as a con.

This is clearly inaccurate. I dont think it is necessary to respond to something that is clearly a con of some nature and not worth worrying about, he said yesterday.

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