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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


A Sherbakov connection:

Notice the shape of the ears and similarity to the shape of the Somerton Man's ears.

Now let's look at a profile image of this person's ear:

And now look at the Somerton Man's ear profile:

The Cymba and the Cavum are very similar, 
this kind of ear is found only in 4% of the population.


All things being equal, that ear shape is relatively common, 4% sounds small in percentage terms but in hard numbers across a population, it's massive., 800,000 plus So what's the big deal?

The big deal, (could be) the person in the two images above the SM pic, has an unusual surname, Bogatyrova. The same name as Novikov's secretary on his trip to the Lapstone conference in late November1948. Both Tatiyana Bogatyrova and another person, Sherbakov, (Shcherbakov) arrived in Australia but did not depart after the conference.

Coincidence? Yes, of course, it could be. Worth a deeper look? Certainly.

The name Shcherbakov cropped up again in 2010 in connection with the Anna Chapman Spy case in America. This time a 'Colonel Shcherbakov' was identified as the Russian Spy who had betrayed the Chapman 9 spy network.

Pictured below is one of the Russian spies, 'Juan Lazaro',\real name Mikhail Anatolevich Vasenkov, caught as a result of Shcherbakov's information:

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  1. Milongal, interesting notes, what do you make of Tatiyana Bogatyrova? She also failed to return with the Russian Delegation.

  2. Milongal, Thanks for that, agreed she is seen arriving but, to all accounts, not returning with the group.

  3. A search of the surname Bogatyrova, shows a NZ connection and also interestingly a young lady (pictured above) who is quite an athlete as in Gymnast.

  4. I suppose that the 'ov' suffix is similar to the English Jackson, Johnson, Thomson etc.

    Regards the Soviet Sailor, Somewhere way back when I recall reading that particular cable and I think that 'Stepan' was one of the recipients. Coincidence.

    With regards to Fedosimov, I came across that image on a photographic site and ordered it fully expecting to get a download but in fact I was surprised to receive the apparent one and only hard copy photograph from the Russian Press agency files. I noted that the pic was no longer for sale on that site although you could probably see a watermarked digital image there.

    Isn't it interesting that neither the CIA or FBI had any publicly available pics of Fedosimov from any year? Both Clive and I have searched extensively for one but without success.

    I note that you mentioned London as an instance of the name, I wondered whether you tried the MI5 records in the UK for any further information?

    My view is that without a photograph after August 1948 and given the Soviet inclination to change, use and reuse names even when transferring from one US office to another, then it is very possible/likely that the man in the photograph may have a different real name with all that implies.

    It's a good discussion.