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Why cannot find Napoleon`s treasure?

First Patriotic war. 1812. Before the French army as cake on a plateau, Moscow left by inhabitants was stretched. Richness of the huge city as if shouted: Take us! . Here it is a victory. Celebration of the French army. Russians are crushed and run, having left the ancient capital on favor of the winner. And the huge army in a flash turned into concourse of marauders.

But not everything was as it was represented to the French who became stupid with happiness. The Moscow seat gave nothing to them - Russians did not wish to be reconciled, the tsar did not respond to offers, on a threshold the winter, terrible Russian winter about which only to tell fairy tales loomed. It was necessary to leave.

Left, pulling along everything that is possible. Soldiers hung on themselves huge gold crosses under which the neck for want of habit bent. Laid down arms if only it is heavier to load on a back a bale. Horses, giving a snore from strain, pulled the carts filled by the stolen good. The huge wagon train crept out the whole day of the city.

Veliky the emperor at whom directly from hands the victory escaped such, apparently, true, would wish to leave to Russians only one ashes - in revenge for unprecedented insidiousness. From the plundered Moscow it took away an ancient armor and the weapon, icons in the gold salaries seated by jewels, decoration of the Kremlin, church vestments, Ivan Veliky`s cross Several tons of treasures carried behind already disabled army.

Such production - any more not defeat, not loss. The ancient Viking bringing the full ship of gold to native coast - here whom Napoleon imagined himself, looking back at slowly creeping wagon train hammered with trophies.

But a Viking with production he was even less, than the winner of Russia. The Russian army stepped on heels, the winter was selected closer and closer. It became clear that it is necessary to leave trophies

B 1835 in St. Petersburg 14 volumes of Walter Scott " left; Napoleon Bonaparte`s Life, emperor of French . Nikolay Ivanovich Khmelnytsky, the governor Smolensk, read the next lines: He (Napoleon) enjoined that the Moscow production: an ancient armor, guns and a big cross from Ivan Veliky were thrown into the Semlevsky lake as trophies which he did not want to give back and which he had no opportunity to carry with itself(himself). Several artillery which nekormleny horses could not drag also forced were to leave though and not always informed on it to Napoleon who, being brought up in artillery service, fed, like many officers of this part, a sort of superstitious respect for guns .

Khmelnytsky is a poet, the playwright and the governor - was fascinated. Near its Smolensk treasures were hidden. Khmelnytsky was convinced that Walter Scott wrote an honest truth, he was based on memoirs of Napoleonic marshals and generals, in particular, on memoirs of the count de Segur, Napoleonic aide-de-camp. That wrote: in an imperial column there was nothing remarkable, except for the fact that we had to give up the production which is taken out from Moscow in the lake: guns, ancient weapon, decoration of the Kremlin and Ivan Veliky`s cross. Trophies, glory - all those benefits for the sake of which we endowed everything - began to weigh us .

Sure is that already honor a treasure at it in hands, Khmelnytsky was engaged in taking out of the lake in the company with the lieutenant colonel of the engineering case Vasily Chetverikov sent by the sovereign. But alas Krom of the gun gun carriages found the local landowner on fields right after war nothing was found any more. Money and time were spent in vain.

Khmelnytsky was the first, but not the last, taking out the Semlevsky lake. Soon 200 years since that moment when Napoleon buried the legendary treasure will be executed. Treasure-hunters still ransack around the Semlevsky lake. Everyone kopatelny season on lake coast it is possible to see people who or probuyutnyryat, trying to find a treasure under water, or rummage around coast in hope to find any sign of a treasure. But the same progress - the gun gun carriages found in 1813.

Perhaps, just not there look for? Perhaps, in the Semlevsky lake there is nothing, except tadpoles and seaweed? And never was.

Really from what perepug to de Segur`s count to specify by all location of treasure? He was not the person suffering from painful altruism. And here purposefully could let treasure-hunters on a false way quite.

No, the Napoleonic treasure really exists. Even the quantity of treasures is approximately known. Here only where all this was hidden and when

As a matter of fact to heat supplies with treasures in the Semlevsky lake Napoleon had no bases. Not so frosts were still strong at that moment, not so stirred a wagon train. Besides, if it was talked of final retreat, especially silly to hide production near Smolensk. What could be Napoleon`s hope to return there and to take away the flooded treasures? Ischezayushche small - war is lost, in Paris the opposition shows active discontent with the emperor. About what future expedition to the Semlevsky lake could there be a speech? There were enough cares also without it. Especially as such expedition had to be followed by military operations: it is very doubtful that Alexander I allowed French to dart about around Smolensk, and especially to take out the stolen good.

And here some Belarusian territories are presented very perspective in this plan. Under Grodno, for example, there are enough both bogs, and lakes in which it is possible to hide not only a wagon train with treasures, but also all Fort Knox to the last pebble. This area was a part of Poland in those days, and Poland was at war on Napoleon`s party. That is, hope to get the treasures left there where as above, than to catch at least a bleak from the Semlevsky lake.

One more perspective place - vicinities of Berezina. There the wagon train really disturbed the French army. There left both guns, and even the gun - still dig out guns from silt, get from bogs. All threw if only to be on the lam. Especially, could throw also a wagon train with treasures. Weight is incredible, speed low, and it is already necessary to run - or death on the Russian bayonets. Here any more not to treasures.

And the count de Segura honestly writes that it was necessary to give up production and even guns, here only dissembles - specifies not that place at all, hoping that still French will get trophies, but will not return to Russians.

It is possible even that at all not French buried Napoleon`s treasures. The Belarusian guerrillas quite could intercept a wagon train - the woods filled with them. Napoleon even complained to Alexander I, wrote that Russians - are at war not by rules. Through the territory of Belarus could not pass not that a wagon train, intercepted both messengers, and mail - the French fly could not fly by by the Belarusian guerrillas.

Guerrillas of those times differed in rare scrupulousness. In spite of the fact that almost all of them were serfs, none of them never took a uniform coin, any precious trinket - though it was possible to receive the manumission for a ringlet quite. But is not present, took only the food and the weapon. All the rest was buried in the Belarusian bogs as dirty and enemy.

Perhaps, the treasures which are taken out by Napoleon from Moscow lie in some impassable bog in the Belarusian woods to this day. And a bog, having caught sight of the rare traveler, it is derisively spat by dense swill, starts up gas bubbles, maliciously rolling in the inaccessible depths a cross from Ivan Veliky