for many years, there has been a rampant talk about the stolen gold of the Soviet Union before and after the disintegration. In 2002, Russia’s “Xinbao” said that Yegor gedar, who once served as Russia’s first deputy prime minister, signed a contract with an American investigation company to help the Russian government find the stolen gold, but in the end, it failed. Gedar died on December 16, 2009. On December 31, 2009, the Russian newspaper “free media” combed through this still slightly mysterious past.
the mysterious death of the Russian attorney general during the investigation
the Russian “free media” reported that the story about the smuggling of Soviet gold has been circulating in Russia. According to this statement, the Soviet government accumulated a considerable amount of dollars by exporting a large amount of oil, and then these dollars were exchanged for gold. However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, this batch of gold was “divided up” by a group of criminals in power in the Soviet Union and Russia and transported abroad without permission.
according to the explanation of some Russian media, these criminals still have great influence in “new Russia”. Due to their obstruction, it is difficult to carry out a large-scale investigation of this rare “big case of stealing the country”.
it was not until 2002 that this matter really ushered in a turnaround. In November 2002, Sergei shashulin of the Anti Corruption Commission of the Russian State Duma, who participated in the investigation of this issue, introduced the preliminary investigation results of this issue at the plenary meeting of the Russian Duma.
according to Sha Shulin’s report, the amount of gold flowing out through illegal channels before and after the disintegration of the Soviet Union reached 786 tons. “At that time, a large number of such ‘black gold’ flowed out of the country every year. The number was astronomical, but the government did not take effective measures to stop this undercurrent,” Sha Shulin said
it is worth mentioning that Sha Shulin helped other officials smuggle gold overseas in that chaotic era, and then he was jailed for it. After his release from prison, he was able to become a member of the Anti Corruption Commission, which was also called a miracle by many media. In this report, Sha Shulin provided some information he had at that time: a group of officials used an import and export company under Sha Shulin’s name to transport gold overseas. Later, this channel gradually became a mature pipeline for gold export, and a large amount of Soviet gold was imported into foreign banks under Sha Shulin’s eyes.
in another gold export channel listed by Sha Shulin, a group of officials used two Il-76 transport planes to transport gold abroad from two airports in Siberia and the Far East. Later, the pilots of the two planes were investigated by hakimov, who was then Russia’s attorney general, but soon hakimov died mysteriously. More intriguing is that the investigation into the cause of hakimov’s death ended without any results.
Sha Shulin’s “self disclosure scar” report shocked Russia, but it did not get support within the Duma. Sha Shulin proposed to further investigate the case, but less than half of the members agreed. As a result, the investigation conducted by Sha Shulin announced abortion.
American companies received a reward of $1.5 million
. In addition, Yegor gedar, the “father of shock therapy” in Russia, also tried to find this batch of gold. According to the investigative report of Russia’s “Xinbao” in 2002, Gaidar, then the first deputy prime minister of the Russian government, signed an entrustment contract with the US “Kroll consulting company”. According to the contract, “Kroll consulting company” will help the Russian government find the lost Soviet property all over the world. Unfortunately, the final report submitted by Kroll consulting to the Russian government mysteriously disappeared, and no one has ever mentioned the deal with the American company since.
“Kroll consulting company” is a well-known detective company. Its employees are former agents of the FBI and the CIA. It was precisely because of the company’s good reputation and brilliant “achievements” that the Russian government decided to entrust it to help find “lost gold”. Of course, according to the explanation of the Russian media, this company is a company that has nothing to do with the Russian bureaucratic group, which is the most valued by the Russian government.
the reporter of Xinbao even got a copy of the entrustment contract signed between the Russian government and “Kroll consulting company”.
can find the specific contents of this contract on the well-known Russian insider information website “kompromat”: Party A of the contract is Yegor gedar, the first deputy prime minister of the Russian government, and Party B is Mr. Kroll, the chairman of “Kroll consulting company”. The content of the contract is that “Kroll consulting company” will investigate the wealth and wealth funds of the former Soviet Communist Party and Soviet enterprises and individuals lost overseas from the date of signing the contract (February 18, 1992), and inform the Russian government of the whereabouts of these wealth. The remuneration agreed by both parties is US $1.5 million.
according to the investigation of the reporter of “Xinbao”, the “Kroll consulting company” did fulfill the contract, conducted a detailed investigation on the matters raised by the Russian government, later submitted an investigation report to the Russian government, and obtained the US $1.5 million allocated by the Russian government from the foreign exchange reserves. Unfortunately, however, the report has been like a stone in the sea since then.
Gaidar said that he could not remember the details of the contract.
the reporter of the new newspaper tried to interview the relevant person in charge about the whereabouts of the report, but no one admitted to having seen the report, including some officials of the Russian national security agency and the Ministry of internal affairs.
more interestingly, Gaidar, the Party A of the contract, refused to admit that there had been such a report in an interview with the new newspaper. Gaidar even said that he “can’t remember the technical details of the contract signed with Kroll consulting”. Gedar made such a statement in April 1999.