Yesterday it was reported that Igor Bogdanoff, one half of the popular crypto meme duo, has passed away only days after his twin brother, Grichka. Both unfortunately succumbed to complications related to COVID.
The Bogdanoff Twins commonly appeared as part of crypto memes dating back several years, making them familiar faces with the community. To honor the passing of Igor and Grichka, Bitcoinist is looking back at the lives and careers of the two brothers, and reliving some of their greatest meme-moments.
All About The Bogdanoff Twins: Igor and Grichka
Igor Yourievitch Bogdanoff and Grégoire “Grichka” Yourievitch Bogdanoff were born in 1949 into the Kolowrat-Krakowsky family. According to Wikipedia, this lineage has also produced prime ministers, high chancellors, royalty, and more.
The twins themselves were raised in their grandmother’s Southern France castle, Countess Bertha Kolowrat-Krakowská, and were direct descendants of nobles.
Igor and Grichka’s early careers started in television, particularly around science and science fiction. In addition to hosting a show called Temps X, the twins introduced many popular series to the French public, such as Star Trek and Doctor Who.
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Both brothers carried a PhD – Grichka in mathematics, and Igor in theoretical physics. Their peer-reviewed work in the field, particularly a published work entitled “topological field theory of the initial singularity of spacetime” has been described as “nonsensical” and lead to much controversy among the scientific community.
The controversy caused media attention and the Bogdanoffs responded with litigation and lawsuits for alleged defamation. The media also made a circus out of the twins’ appearance, notably their high cheekbones and chins. Igor and Grichka, however, denied ever having any plastic surgery.
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The Origins Of The Crypto Meme That Made Us Smile
The origins of the Bogdanoff meme-hood appears to have began in April 2015, when a Redditor submitted a photo of the twins to the sub-reddit r/WTF. The very next day, another post was made by another Redditor that displayed the twins’ progressive appearance changes over the years.
Their meme-dom was then cemented come 2017 when a 4chan post proclaimed that the “Rothschilds bow to Bogdanoffs,” are “in contact with aliens,” “own castles and banks globally,” are “direct descendants of ancient royal blood line,” and more – much of which is actually completely true.
“Both brothers [are] said to have 215+ IQ, such intelligence on Earth has only existed deep in Tibetan monasteries & Area 51,” one excerpt reads. Their bizarre background, interest in math and science, and more made them especially fitting for the crypto crowd, who have welcomed them with open arms.
The comical impact of the idea the powerful wealth of the Rothschilds would bow to the Bogdanoffs turned the two men into crypto market makers, placing quick phone calls to command their trading desks to “dump it,” or “pump it” depending on which brother you got.
The Bogdanoffs might have been a little unusual, and a lot controversial, but we are thankful for their lives and wish any of their close relatives and loved ones well. And regardless of how they were perceived by the scientific community, they will always be remembered fondly by the crypto community that embraced them and helped to make them a memorable namesake for positive reasons.
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