4 May 1946|
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Died||1995 (aged 49)|
Alexis Ceslaw Maurice Jean Brimeyer (1946–1995) was a false pretender who claimed connection to various European thrones. He used fraudulent combined titles like Prince d'Anjou Durazzo Durassow Romanoff Dolgorouki de Bourbon-Conde. He also sold false titles of nobility through "orders" he and his associates had created.
Alexis was born on 4 May 1946 in Costermansville (now present day Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo). His mother, Princess Olga Beatrice Dolgorouky, divorced his father, Victor Brimeyer, two months after his birth. Shortly after, she married Prince Basil of Anjou, Duke of Durazzo who adopted the infant Alexis and gave him his family name. She again divorced and married briefly her cousin Prince Igor Dolgorouky. She later remarried on 13 September 1950 in England to Ferdinand Joseph Oscar Fabry. Her fifth and last husband was Bruce Alfonso Bourbon-Conde Bruce Conde
In 1955, he took a name, His Serene Highness Prince Khevenhüller-Abensberg, but the real Princess Khevenhüller threatened to sue him. He backpedaled and apologized. Brimeyer also wrote to a number of aristocrats to convince them to adopt him. In 1969, he received a passport of the Principality of Sealand with the name His Highness Prince Alexis Romanov Dolgorouki. When he contacted a Brussels Orthodox priest, Jean Maljinowski, to be baptized, the priest was suspicious since the supposed prince didn't speak a word of Russian.
He commissioned two death certificates to be published in Le Soir. Through them, he claimed that Prince Nikolas Dolgorouky, his grandfather, had used a pseudonym of Nicholas di Fonzo to escape the October Revolution and lived under the name.
Princess Khevenhüller-Abensberg, Maria sued Alexis charging him with using her noble titles with malicious intent. On 24 November 1971 Brimeyer was sentenced to jail for 18 months but had fled to Greece.
In Greece Brimeyer presented himself in the police station, and said that his passport had been stolen. He requested temporary documents. He registered then himself as Alexis Romanov Dolgorouki and for the next ten years he used those documents.
"I, Alexis, Great Grandson of the Tsar"
In 1979 Brimeyer was living in Spain and contacted the cadet line of the Anjou Durassos. He convinced some of them to give their support and recognize him as the head of the royal house of Anjou-Durazzo. 1982 he published a book "I, Alexis, Great Grandson of the Tsar" by "H.R.H. Prince Alexis d'Anjou Romanov-Dolgorouki, Duke of Durazzo". The book included a "will" where Vassili d'Anjou Durassow supposedly recognized him as his only son. Thus he claimed connection to the house of Anjou and the throne of Naples.
Brimeyer claimed Victor Brimeyer was not his father. He claimed that after his mother divorced Brimeyer she married Vassili d'Anjou Durassow on 15 April 1947 and that he was born exactly two years after his real birth date. Note that Durassow never actually married and was homosexual. This supposed marriage was then annulled and she married Prince Igor Dolgorouki on 6 September 1946. Note that she married Farby two years later. Brimeyer claimed that the couple had been elected as royal rulers of Ukraine and had resigned 1939.
Ties to the House of Condé
In August 1984 Brimeyer's mother, Princess Olga Beatrice Nikolaevna Dolgoroukaia, Princess of the Ukraine, Countess di Fonzo", married Major General Bruce-Alfonso de Bourbon-Condé. After the wedding, he adopted Alexis.
Ties to Russia
His grand father Prince Nikolas Dolgorouki had married the supposedly escaped Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia|. His mother, Princess Olga Beatrice Dolgorouky and her sister, Princess Yolande were their only daughters. His grandfather had been elected by the government of Avgustyn Voloshyn, Volodar of Ukraine in 1939 but the Royal family was forced into exile by invading Hungarian troops of Admiral Horthy (Ref: Stamp Collector Magazine 1986: Ukrainian Kingdom issued single stamp in its tenure. Through his grandmother, Alexis claimed a direct connection to the Romanovs and the Russian throne.
In 1992, two Greater Serbian nationalists, including Vojislav Šešelj, visited Alexis in Spain. Supposedly they offered him the throne of Serbia. He told journalists that he had been in touch with Slobodan Milošević, who was supposedly in favor of restoring the Serbian monarchy on a descendant of Janovic Nemanitch. There appeared to be at least some support for him being related to the old dynasties of Serbia.
Alexis died of a brain tumor in Madrid in March 1995. Some of his supporters continued to run his affairs for some time afterwards.