By Elena Kovachich - The English Ruvr
Baikal, the deep-diving manned vehicle Mir-2 has discovered a strange metal thing resembling a bar of gold. Unfortunately, the mini-submarine failed to reach it.
Using only video recordings, experts will now try to determine whether it can really be the legendary gold of the Russian Empire.
Since the first stage of the international research expedition at Lake Baikal which started in 2008, its participants have hoped to find the treasure.
In the autumn of 1919, during the Civil War in Russia, Tsarist Admiral Alexander Kolchak of the White Army was entrusted to transport 500 tons of gold away from Russia. Guarded by the Czech legion, the gold was loaded aboard a train that went along the Trans Siberian Railroad.
But Kolchak was removed from his post, captured by the Bolsheviks and executed. The fate of the Russian gold remains unknown to this day. Someone believes it was conveyed abroad under the control of the Czech legion. According to another version, the railway was blown up and the gold plunged into Lake Baikal.
Indeed, the expedition of 2008 discovered carriages dating back to the Civil War period, although they had no gold inside.
On August 30th the same year, manned bathyscaphes submerged into the lake’s southern part, near the village of Listvyanka to search for any archaeological artifacts related to the so-called Kolchak’s gold, according to deputy director of the Foundation for maintaining Lake Baikal Inna Krylova.
Found on the collapsed slope of the Circum-Baikal Railway, the artifacts were out of reach due to the area’s moving ground.
The Mir-2 vehicle therefore failed to approach the discoveries sufficiently close and its manipulator arm couldn’t reach the crevice, where the alleged gold bars were noticed.