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Author Topic: The Great Chita Bank Robbery (Siberian Greens)  (Read 2351 times)

Offline area23

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The Great Chita Bank Robbery (Siberian Greens)
« on: November 27, 2010, 10:08:10 PM »
By chance I found an old article on the Great Chita Bank Robbery on an old back-up cd. I got the article via an RCW yahoo-group in 2003/2004 from someone called Jamie. Ограбление Госбанка is the title of this 15 page russian-english translation word document, I think written by one  Артем ВЛАСОВ
In short, in 1918 a group of Red Army deserters occupied Chita. The Red Guards and militias present couldn't do anything about it. The day the Whites moved into town these anarchist deserters staged a massive bankrobbery of solid gold bars and most of them escaped by machine gun equiped train, surrounded and chased by whites, reds and militias.

looking on google I found some interesting stuff.

Chita Railway Station

the 'Greens' that were active in siberia were always a vague description of not-whites, not-reds.
I've come to the conclusion that, at least partly, these were Siberian partisans and bandits influenced in some way by anarchist theory, parallel to the makhnovists in the Ukraine. I imagine these were groups like on these amazing pictures by Cuprum http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=24104.0
Here's an interesting article:
http://libcom.org/history/1900-1923-anarchism-in-siberia

I abandoned research in 2004, because the google wasn't advanced yet as today and clearly the wasn't any clear data online or printed on the matter.

I'm happy to sent the word document to anyone interested.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2010, 10:14:01 PM by area23 »
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Offline Mark Plant

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Re: The Great Chita Bank Robbery (Siberian Greens)
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 02:23:44 AM »
That will be Jamie Bischer presumably. He wrote the Cossack Warlords on the Trans-Siberian.

Here's another account:
http://www.pseudology.org/Bank/Irkutsk.htm

Offline redzed

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Re: The Great Chita Bank Robbery (Siberian Greens)
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 12:31:29 PM »
cheers A23 :D
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