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Hidden Romanov jewels and belongings : an eyewitness account
« on: February 09, 2014, 06:17:47 AM »
On a Russian website I've come across the memoirs of Vladimir Petrovich Anichkov, which include a description of a stash of Romanov jewels being found, which I haven't read anywhere else.

First a bit of potted biography of Anichkov.

"He was the manager of the Volga Kama bank and head of the Alapaevsk district. By virtue of his position Anichkov became the focus of events in the Urals and Siberia during the Revolution. Immediately after the February Revolution Anichkov he joined the Committee of Public Safety. After the Bolsheviks came to power and the nationalization of banks he fled to the forests of the Urals. In 1918, in his home stayed Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich. Considerable attention is paid [in the memoirs] to the period of reign of adm. Kolchak. Anichkov joined the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Omsk, actively participating in the resolution of financial problems at the time of Siberia. In 1919 Anichkov moved to 1923 he left Russia and through Shanghai reached the shores of America. In 1932 he settled in San Francisco, where he opened the first Russian bookstore "Russian Book". Died in 1939, buried in San Francisco in the Serbian cemetery."

OK, here's a Google translation of the section in the book. The machine translation isn't exactly clear.

One day ahead of the meeting, I went to the local commandant asking first, evicted from my apartment and the bank all the servants of the Bolsheviks, still lived there. It was placed in my apartment, the Executive Committee of the Urals, serviced only by the Communists.

My second request was that, prior to the meeting to thoroughly inspect the building, means could be a bomb. Shortly before the bombs were found in the public meetings.

To my surprise, the commandant of the Academy student, said that the law on apartments did not allow him, for the sake of my facilities to chase people on the street, a second request, he agreed to meet.

My apartment presents an interesting sight: there was a lot of furniture, things, trunks and suitcases belonging to the royal family, and concluded with her retinue parties. I especially remember a little sled, studded soldier overcoat cloth, painted in blue paint, belonging to the heir. They badly wanted to keep as a souvenir.

During the inspection of the premises of the bank in the refinery laboratory between large barrels with iron Kupor {160} catfish was found a bundle, which turned a large amount of jewelry - thousands, probably one hundred and fifty, all of which, as it turned out, belonged to the royal family as so and Countess Gendrikova and maid of honor Schneider.

By order of the investigating judge, who was present at the examination room was searched Bolshevik workers lived there, in which was found a large amount of jewelry. Immediately took advantage of this fact and have planted all duckies in prison, thereby violating the Conduct commandant privacy laws apartments.

My two questions:

(1) An online search shows his memoirs are held by the Hoover Institution and include a typescript translation by his daughter. Have the memoirs been published in English? If not, given the translation already exists, this would be a great project!

(2) If the English translation doesn't exist, can any Russian readers provide a better translation than the Google one above? Here's a link to the Russian text for the page:



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Re: Hidden Romanov jewels and belongings : an eyewitness account
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 07:33:23 AM »
No Russians here to translate?