Russian Empire’s Gold Found in Lake Baikal?
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:25 AM
MIR submersibles have discovered fragments of an early 20th century train at the bottom of Lake Baikal, which may possibly carry so-called “Kolchak gold”, part of the gold reserves of the Russian Empire. The remains of the train cars, presumably of the Civil War times, were discovered within the MIR submersibles’ expedition to the depth of almost 700 meters in the southern part of Lake Baikal. Some parts of the discovered train were lifted from the bottom.
Legends have grown around the story of Admiral Kolchak, a Russian naval commander, polar explorer and later head of part of the anti-Bolshevik White forces during the Russian Civil War, and the Tsar’s gold he was traveling with in the area in the times of Civil War of 1917–1923.
Admiral Kolchak's army fled eastward along the Trans-Siberian Railway and came to a halt on the shore of Lake Baikal near Irkutsk. With the Red Army in hot pursuit, the White Army had to escape southward to China across the frozen Lake Baikal in sub-zero temperatures. That’s where, according to the legend, a train probably carrying the gold from the reserves of the Russian Empire crashed. By coincidence, the surprising discovery was made right near the 90th kilometer of the Krugobaikalskaya railway in the Southern part of the Lake.
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