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Thursday, 30 January 2014
Russia's Hidden Treasure: The Mystery of Kolchak's Gold
Topic: Kolchak, Admiral


The following article was originally published in the January 30th, 2014 edition of The International Business Times. The author Lydia Smith owns the copyright presented below. 
 
Divers have begun searching for a £50 billion stash of royal gold in Lake Baikal, the world's oldest and deepest lake located in southeastern Siberia.

Kolchak's Gold, named after the commander of the Imperial Russia Navy Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak, is thought to have spilled into the lake around 100 years ago.

The gold is a significant portion of the Russian Empire's gold reserve, which came into the possession of Admiral Kolchak during the Civil War. Originally contained in Petrograd, now known as St Petersburg, the treasure was moved to the city of Kazan over fears the city may be occupied by German troops in 1915.

By mid-1918, the State Bank's vaults in Kazan contained over half of Russia's gold reserves. After a short while, the bullion was moved again by the Bolsheviks, who only managed to ship around 100 boxes of the treasure.

In August 1918, the city of Kazan was seized by the Czechoslovakian Legion, along with sections of the Komuch People's Army, an anti-Bolshevik movement during the Civil War.

The gold was brought to the State Bank's Omsk branch later that year. One month afterwards, Admiral Kolchak was declared Supreme Ruler of Russia and from then, the bullion was known as "Kolchak's gold".

The gold comprised coins and ignots, which was valued at around 645.4 million rubles in total. German marks, Spanish alfones, British sovereigns, American dollars, French francs, Chilean condors, Japanese yen and Greek drachmas were found in the hoard.

Where the treasure lies now is still a mystery, however. Divers are investigating Lake Baikal over rumours the gold was buried deep in the sediment after a train derailed into the water.

Another theory suggests troops belonging to the White faction in the Civil War were carrying the gold across the lake, but perished as the temperatures dropped to minus 60C. The gold is said to have sunk to the bottom of the lake in Spring, when the ice melted.

According to another, the gold remains in two sites. One half is hidden in the tangled passages underneath the city of Omsk, where Kolchak's main office was located. The other half is believed to be stashed in Zakhlamino, a nearby village.

Local folklore in the region of Krasnoyarsk, near the Yenisei River, suggests the gold is hidden in a mysterious graveyard where 500 White soldiers are thought to be buried. 
For more information on the search for Kolchak's gold, please refer to the following article;
 

Where in Siberia is the Last Tsar of Russia's 'Missing' Gold?

 
© The International Business Times. 30 January, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:27 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 30 January 2014 9:36 AM EST
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Friday, 2 August 2013
Where in Siberia is the Last Tsar of Russia's 'Missing' Gold?
Topic: Kolchak, Admiral
 

This year sees the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov, the Russian royal family thrown on the scrapheap of history in 1917 as the Bolsheviks loomed.

The following year Nicholas II and his family were shot by a firing squad in Yekaterinburg, but an intriguing mystery remains in Siberia over the whereabouts of 'hidden' or 'lost' Tsar's gold with claims it could be worth $80 billion at today's prices. The Siberian Times explores the history and the ongoing search for one of Imperial Russia's greatest treasures, and includes some very interesting photographs. 

Where in Siberia is the Last Tsar of Russia's 'Missing' Gold?

© The Siberian Times. 02 August, 2013 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:32 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 2 August 2013 9:43 AM EDT
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Thursday, 7 February 2013
A Tribute to Alexander Kolchak
Topic: Kolchak, Admiral

Click here to listen to Voice of Russia's tribute to Alexander Kokchak

There are people of so many accomplishments living such eventful lives that any attempt to paint their full portrait is futile. One such person was Alexander Kolchak, a naval officer, Polar explorer and an anti-Bolshevik leader proclaimed Supreme Ruler of Russia. Voice of Russia offers this tribute to this outstanding personality.

© Voice of Russia. 07 February, 2013


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:29 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2013 3:03 PM EST
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Friday, 19 October 2012
First Monument to Admiral Kolchak Appears in Omsk
Topic: Kolchak, Admiral

 

Monument to Admiral Alexander Kolchak at Omsk in Siberia. Photo Credit: SuperOmsk.ru 

A monument to Admiral Alexander Kolchak (1874-1920)  created by the Moscow sculptor Mikhail Nogin is currently sitting unassembled in a storage facility in the Siberian city of Omsk. 

While Omsk communists are fighting against erecting Nogin's sculpture, another monument to Alexander Kolchak has already been erected in Omsk. The first monument to the White Russian Army admiral has recently been erected outside the Restaurant Kolchak. The official unveiling has not taken place yet: the workers are applying the finishing touches. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for November 4th and will coincide the admiral’s birthday.

Communists have tried different ways of fighting against the monument to Kolchak in Omsk, and are trying to ban it through legislation now; so far their attempts have been in vain. Deputies of the Omsk City Council have refused to debate the communists’ bill that forbids setting up monuments to non-rehabilitated persons.

© SuperOmsk. ru and Paul Gilbert. 19 October, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:42 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 19 October 2012 12:53 PM EDT
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