The Kremlin has been given a month by a court to prove it owns the Kremlin after descendents of Ivan the Terrible filed a lawsuit to stake their claim to the Moscow landmark. The Daily Telegraph reports that “The Princes’ Foundation, an organization that represented the descendents of Rusrik, a ninth-century prince whose eponymous dynasty ruled until 1598, has argued that its ancestors had built and lived in the 69-acre Kremlin complex and that it should now be returned to their ownership.”
Source: The Globe and Mail, August 27
1. Many of us have met descendents – or those who claimed to be descendents of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, 5th Earl of Leicester, 2nd Earl of Derby, Duke of Aquitaine (1340–1399) – in the most unlikely places. His ancestors probably owned the land on which Westminster was built, not to mention Versailles and the Place de la Concorde. If so, they, too, can sue.
Gaunt, by the way, is Ghent in Belgium, his birthplace.
2. Have Putin’s lawyers heard of squatters’ rights?
3, Ivan the Terrible wasn’t terrible at all. His contemporaries called him “Ivan Grozny” meaning “awe-inspiring.”