Treasure of Pugachev

Many secrets and mysteries are stored Ural Mountains. Here, as the well-known Soviet geologist and popularizer of science Professor A.A. Malakhov has argued, is hidden treasure Pugachev, who realized that his attempt to master the Russian throne was doomed to failure. The reason for the appearance of the version about Pugachev's treasure was a randomly acquired by a scientist in the mid-1960s malachite plate most likely, a lid from an ancient casket. In the kaleidoscope of scientific and worldly problems, Malakhov did not reach her for a long time, but one day her time came.

The reason for the appearance of the version about treasure of Pugachev was a randomly acquired by a scientist in the mid-1960s

The professor decided to somehow look more closely at the green tile, armed with a magnifying glass and unexpectedly saw a curious and mysterious picture: an entire portrait gallery of people wearing tall fur hats-such headgear was in vogue among Russian people in the second half of the 18th century. Moreover, having looked narrowly, the scientist found in one of the portraits considerable resemblance to Emelian Pugachev.

Malakhov exposed the tile to ultraviolet radiation, and Sverdlovsk criminalists with the help of special methods performed a number of photos. It turned out that the upper layer of the plate differs in structure from malachite: the surface substance emits a pale green light, and malachite in the ultraviolet light behaves differently. Apparently, the artist on the stone either used something like enamel, or rubbed malachite crumbs, mixed with glue when heated in stone.

Now the question arose - why did the master make his picture seem to be a secret, not accessible to random glances? In part, this could be explained by the fact that during the years of the Catherine's reign, and then, most likely, the malachite tile was created, everything that had anything to do with the name of the rioter who had infiltrated the authorities was forbidden. But there was another reason: continuing to study the drawing on the tile, Malakhov discovered rocky landscapes, and having looked closely to them, he saw the ligature of the letters formed in the word "TAVATU". The scientist realized that he meant Tavatui - a lake near Ekaterinburg, at that time - Sverdlovsk. The rocks, depicted on the stone figure, were very similar to the steeps of the nearby Chusovaya River. However, the most surprising thing was waiting for Malakhov to come: on one of the rocks he saw the word "KLAD". That's what was the main reason for the art of cryptography - she pointed to the treasure of Pugachev!

The malachite plate is nothing more than an encrypted indication of the place where Pugachev hid the treasure. And the professor of geology, on the whim of fate, becomes a treasure hunter. Of course, not for the sake of profit, but driven by the curiosity of knowing - the bright feeling that has always prompted mankind to seek and find. In addition, Malakhov as a true scientist wanted to prove the correctness of his hypothesis, drawn from the picture on the malachite tile.

First of all, he sat down to study the documents of the Pugachevsky Bet, good, many of them were preserved in the Yekaterinburg archives. First impressions, it would seem, did not give any reasons that could be interpreted in favor of the hypothesis of Pugachev's treasure: neither large sums of money nor jewelry were mentioned in papers. But why not assume that the "king" who came from the peasants, and therefore, the man with the economic estimate, resourceful, did not have a kind of "nz" - an inviolable supply of gold, silver and various pebbles for a rainy day? Information about this personal "imperial" treasury, of course, did not fall on the pages of the official bidding documents.

But a very interesting finding was expected by the professor in the section of the unofficial papers of Pugachev. In a letter addressed to his wife "Empress-Empress" Ustinya Kuznetsova, the belligerent husband reported: "This is sent from my court with the Cossack Kuzma Fofanov, the bearer of this casket, behind the locks and my own seals, which, upon receipt, you can not unlock and place to yourselves halls before my imperial greatness of arrival". This "letter from the front" Pugachev sent to the Berdskaya Sloboda near Orenburg, to the house of the Cossack Sitnikov, where the "royal palace" was located, in February-March 1774, when the mythical throne beneath him was already heavily swaying. Perhaps, it was these "chests behind the locks" for some reason that did not reach their destination, but settled in the rocky shores of Chusova.

Malakhov is trying to interest the treasure of Pugachev's state organizations, but without success - so he does not care. Then the scientist decides to go himself in search of the upper reaches of the river. With the help of the biolocation method, step by step the coastal rocks are probed, which - Malakhov is certain of - are depicted on a malachite plate. It seems that finally found the very place where the depth of the granite "roof" is a cluster of metals - in any case, this is signaled by a willow vine. Now we have to come here again to get to the treasure through the stone thickness. But this dream of the professor does not come true: he soon suddenly dies, taking with him all the threads that connected his idea with reality. It is not known where the malachite tile, which told about Pugachev's treasure, disappeared. So Pugachev's treasure turned into another unsolved mystery.