Curse of Tamerlane.

Future great ruler was born in 1336 in the Mongolian tribe Barlas and as legend has it, his hair was white as snow, and took in his hand somewhere gore. Timur's name was at the hearing to 1370 when he had already achieved success conquering and conquered the area between the rivers Kashkadarya and Zarafshan. Soon Tamerlane already possessed vast territory of the state entered its areas of Amudarya, Syrdarya and Chirchik. As a result of brutal campaigns against neighboring countries joined Timur Khorezm, patted the Golden Horde, Asia Minor, India and Iran.

After defeating the Horde Iron Hromets brought to the forefront of the capital of the state — Samarkand, which was the main point of the caravan route from Europe. Formed a powerful empire, from the Aral Sea to the Persian Gulf, from India to Armenia. Until old age made Tamerlane trips, one of which, in China, and died in 1405. For a long time there were disputes among scientists about the burial place of the great ruler of ancient times. The main "contenders" have become his village Timur Cash and Gur-e Amir in Samarkand, where the remains of his son and grandson of Tamerlane Shahrukh Ulugbek. It was decided to carry out excavations in the Gur-Emir.

Excavations began not quite been scheduled on June 16, there was an accident during the construction of a nearby hotel "Intourist", and water began to fill the grave. An urgent need was to do something that the remains are not spoiled. In emergency mode PE was neutralized. Soon the first expedition uncovered the coffin began to soar in the air smells wonderful: it flavors broke out from a closed sarcophagus. Then the legend of the spirit of Tamerlane, or more precisely, of the Tamerlane.

The remains of his son Timur Shah Rukh poorly preserved: the time and the flood took their toll. Ulugbek better preserved bones. It was identified by the fact that his head was cut off: this is executed for the grandson of Tamerlane, he betrayed the faith for astronomical research. On the tomb of Tamerlane, in addition to many of his name was engraved warning wishing to open the sarcophagus. "Timur Naruvshy covenant will be punished, and around the world break out brutal wars" — the inscription. Menacing words cooled the ardor of scholars, but it was decided to open the tomb of June 21, 1941.

Implementation of opening the tomb of Tamerlane went wrong at once: broken winch, spotlights went out, breath in the tomb became heavy. Involuntarily among scientists started talking about the curse and spirit of Timur. Between work on opening the tomb to Malik Kayumov approached the elderly and asked how is progressing. Elders showed the operator a book in which it was written that if you open the tomb of Tamerlane, the war starts. Kayumov turned to his elders, but no Ayni or Semenov, despite the chain of inexplicable phenomena in the prophecy did not believe, but even in their soul, as stated above, the fear crept.

After meeting with the old tomb still opened: embalmed body remained bad — there were only bones. The man, who was lying in a coffin, was tall, with a large head. Lower leg was mutilated, one of the lumbar vertebrae, as in all Timurid deformed. Scientists have now no doubt that lay before them Tamerlane!

Joyful, archaeologists went to the hotel, where the next morning on the radio heard the sad news: the Great Patriotic War. The participants of the expedition was a shock, immediately reminded of all the old people and their mysterious book. Tried to find — in vain. Not been able to help even the locals. Scientists had no choice but to quickly wrap up the camp, taking obtained copies and drive to Tashkent. Did.

After a while Kayumov got to the front as a military statement. The idea of the tomb and the elderly caution gave him no rest, so he constantly tried to report the mysterious events superiors. Caught up with Zhukov, who promised to help, but it seems that something is wrong. It was only after the second meeting of the commander and the cameraman case moved forward: everything learned Joseph Stalin.

Aware of the need to return the bones Iron Hromţov and his descendants in the Gur-e Amir was immediately put MM Gerasimov, who worked with the remains of Tamerlane, recreating the look of an ancient dynasty. The works have been accelerated and quickly completed, so that the bones were ready to return to Samarkand. But were there not once, but disappeared for a month. Rumor has it that the plane containing the ashes of the Timurid flew along the front lines and predetermined victory of Russian troops at Stalingrad. It is worth noting that in this way on the heavy parts of the front working icons appear, then, success was on the side of the Soviet troops.

The remains of Timur and his family (Shahrukh Ulugbek Muhammadsultana, Miranshah) were buried in Samarkand, December 20, 1942. Soviet troops supposedly just that and waited a few days after releasing Stalingrad. Again, coincidence? It is quite possible, as it is, and no mystical beginning, this story has. At the very least, much of the film is exaggerated, and there is a subjective note: after the protagonist of "The Curse of Tamerlane" — Malik Kayumov that could embellish the story of the mysterious and fit some significant events at the beautiful fairy tale story.

Interesting version of Anton Shabashova that Stalin organized the expedition in the first place was needed in order to find treasures of Tamerlane, which would help in the impending war against Hitler's Germany. In this interpretation, "coincidence" is logical, and the dates of excavation and the war about to be the same. Is a quote from the book Bunich "Gold Party": "The stated objective Stalin concentration of gold, platinum and precious stones in the hands of the state continued to vigorously implemented. If in Russia and Ukraine to the mid-30's were already plowed all the cemeteries and opened almost all the graves in the hope of finding a gold watch or false teeth, then in the Central Asian republics such events for the time not spent.

Desecration of graves and mausoleums, according to the laws of Islam, is one of the most terrible crimes. And since the liberation war in Central Asia, which broke out in the 20's, raging not subsided and was put down only to 1939, receiving the romantic name of "fighting Basmachis" that Stalin himself and his satraps in the field still had mind not to give too much cause for irritation of the local population. But it was the turn of the Central Asian and shrines. Especially attracted covetous glances range majestic mausoleum of Tamerlane in Samarkand. According to legend, proven archival documents, the great Asian conqueror in his campaigns looted fabulous, great treasures, most of which were ordered to put with them to the grave. In May 1941, a large team of the Moscow NKVD, accompanied by experts from the Leningrad Hermitage, traveled to Samarkand for the opening of the tomb. Curator of the memorial octogenarian Masood Alaev, horrified, showed visitors cautionary inscription, engraved on the tomb in the year of the death of Tamerlane. Inscription warning that anyone who dares to disturb the peace of the dead master and open the tomb, will release his country terrible demons devastating war. In any case, to be safe, this was reported to Moscow. From there came the order: Alaeva arrested for spreading false rumors and panic, the tomb open immediately. June 19, 1941 a huge slab of green jade sarcophagus covering Tamerlane, was raised. TASS report on the event on the eve of war, reprinted in many newspapers. If this is a coincidence, it is very strange. "

Speaking about the coincidence of the time of burial and the "first" of the Soviet victory, Kayumov somehow forgot about the victory in the Battle of Moscow, thus fitting the story under his own, giving it an aura of mystery. Thus, you can not blindly trust the film "The Curse of Tamerlane", sometimes looking for coincidences and mysterious predestination, where they can not be. To do so with a history of very dangerous: soon it may happen that it is opening the tomb of Tamerlane is considered the cause of the Great Patriotic War. But this approach is harmful to the story. However, the case of opening the tomb is quite interesting and deserves attention. You can look at it from different angles. The main thing is do not mix and head and share what was not in sight.

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