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Hello everybody!

I so long ago I'm reading this forum as I'm interested in history and monarchy in general, so, there is my first contribution to it (I think it hasn't been posted yet):

You know about the history of the self-proclaimed King of Andorra Boris I?

Boris Skossyreff (1896-1944-according to some sources, 1989) was a White Russian adventurer and former British Foreign Office agent that appeared in the pyrenean state of Andorra in the early 30's. Accompained by the richest american widow Florence Marmon, he lived in a hotel in Andorra la Vella and offered an interesting proposal to the consellers (ministers) of the andorran government; the proclamation of a Kingdom of Andorra, independent from the french president and the bishop of Urgell (the co-principes of the small state). According to him, this Kingdom, ruled by herself, should be a fiscal paradise like Monaco or Liechtenstein, with no imposed taxs, a constitutional monarchy that can be an example for other european states.

The fact is that on July of 1934 with the support of some consellers, he proclamed herself Boris I , Prince of the Valls d'Andorra. Soon, the Bishop of Urgell sent some police agents from the spanish side and arrested Boris Skossyreff, that was processed in Madrid and expeled from Spain to Portugal.
The last mention to Boris Skossyreff placed him in the Vichy France concentration camp of Rieucros, in which he was interned and presumably died in 1944. Other sources, claimed that he passed out in 1989 in Germany.

Boris Skossyreff at his office:


Caricature of Boris as King of Andorra:



source: http://www.olhao.web.pt/Personalidades/TextosFFL/Boris_Skossyreff.htm

More information on him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Skossyreff (in english)
http://www.andorraantiga.com/Boris.htm (in catalan)
http://www.olhao.web.pt/Personalidades/TextosFFL/Boris_Skossyreff.htm (in portuguese)



 



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The Andorran Bonapartist.



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Thanks, Uri, and welcome. Interesting tale, all rather reminds me of Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, though taking place in rather more civilised parts, of course.

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Yes, it remembers this tale of Kipling (good film also, with Sean Connery and Michael Caine).
Around the same years, Ahmed Zogu take control of Albania with success, proclaiming himself King of the Albanians.
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 Around the same years, Ahmed Zogu take control of Albania with success, proclaiming himself King of the Albanians.


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This is a very famous story for Russian monarchists. Unfortunately, I will disappoint: Boris Scosireff has never been elected as "King of Andorra". This man was in Andorra only once, in 1934. He proposed to the Parliament of Andorra the protection of the Third Reich, but it was his imagination. The parliament of Andorra denied him, and deported Mr. Scosireff to Spain. It was after the deportation that Mr. Scosireff began to send spam, as if the Parliament of Andorra elected him as the King. He even wrote the "Constitution of the Kingdom of Andorra", which fell into Parliament and was liked there. But like the King, he never was.

Russian anticommunists and monarchists are very proud that the officers of the White Monarchist Army mined the Throne for King Zogu in Albania in 1926. But the "Scosireff case in Andorra" was never a page of the history of Russian anti-communist monarchists. Most Scosireff was very fond of portraying himself as a "super-spy", like "Russian James Bond," but he never thought of being a King. He himself considered this story in Andorra as an "espionage adventure", but not as an attempt to establish the Monarchy.

I studied many publications when I was preparing my book about "individual imperialism". Mr. Scosireff is not Zogu Alban, not Baron Harden-Hickey, not Cluny-Ross and not King Redond. He was not going to be like the King ever. Mr. Scosireff died in 1989, 55 years after he declared himself "King in Exile." During these 55 years he never again declared his "royal right", did not use the title "King in Exile", did not appeal to the support of the International Monarchy League. Instead, he wrote a deceitful book, as if he were a "secret super-spy of Hitler" and "saved Germany from an atomic strike from America." It was an innocuous man with a big imagination, a little romantic, a little rogue ... I think he was not happy.


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