— Vladivostok ~ Nozadze – 1917-1923

The journey Anya took from Baku to Vladivostok in 1917

The journey Anya took from Baku to Vladivostok in 1917

“A” shows the position of Baku and “B” shows Vladivostok and that was the journey Anya had to take when Joseph sent her an urgent cable to leave, and to leave immediately!

Our grandmother told Lindy that it was her namesday when she got the cable and she was expecting her godmother around for lunch so put on a beautiful, large gold and diamond cross which her godmother gave her when she was born.

She didn’t have much cash on her as her servants took charge of the household ordering and she had accounts at places where she used to buy her clothes and accessories, but she realised that her husband wouldn’t have told her to pack and leave immediately unless there was a very good reason to do so.

I *think* she hocked the diamonds one at a time for cash on route to Vladivostok.  I don’t know what happened to her house and belongings – she must have just left everything.

Anya would have warned her parents and Lida that they had to leave Baku urgently as well and they would have all left together to look after each other on the long train journey.  Anya was 9 months pregnant at the time.

Russian Orthodox Church in Alma Ata

Russian Orthodox Church in Alma Ata (Click to enlarge)

Before the train got to Alma Ata (Russian: Алма-Ата), which is now known as Almaty (the largest city in Kazakhstan) Anya started having labour pains and thankfully there was a vet on the train, who specialised in horses, who delivered her daughter on February 24, 1917  😮 It was in Alma Ata where Anya had her daughter added to her passport.

I recall my mother telling me that her grandfather (Akim) bought a cow on the journey to Vladivostok so that she could be fed milk, as her mother was not producing enough.

Alma Ata

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I can imagine how Joseph must have felt when the train pulled into the station at Vladivostok, seeing his wife and newborn baby for the first time 🙂 However I’m sure his happiness must have been tinged with a certain amount of fear about what the future would bring.

I don’t know what happened in Vladivostok. Did Anya’s father have contacts there to help the family find accommodation and work?

I know my parents were amazed when they learned they lived just a few streets away from each other during that time.  But where were they?

Would Manya still have been living in the Naval Quarters with Wladyslaw listed as MIA?  And if not, where did they move to? All a big mystery which will probably never be uncovered 🙁

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Uspenskii Sobor (Click to enlarge)

Melitza was christened at the «Uspenskii Sobor» (aka the Cathedral of the Assumption or the Cathedral of the Dormition) in November 1917. Her godparents were Engineer Nikolai Titovich Kucheryavii and Anya’s sister, Lydia Borodinova. The priest of the 36th Siberian Rifle Regiment, ?? Shilin, performed the ceremony with the help of his decon, Peter Kotlyarovskii.

There are several cathedrals with the same name in Russia and the most famous one would be the one inside the Kremlin walls. Sadly, the Bolsheviks tore this beautiful cathedral down when they finally took over Vladivostok 🙁

I have no idea how long the Nozadzes stayed in Vladivostok and I’m really clueless about where they went to after they left :/ Did they do what other people did, i.e. head for Harbin?  Or did they head straight for Shanghai? As I mentioned on the page about Joseph …

«His first child, (my mother) Melitza, was born on the train heading to Vladivostok in February 1917 and his second child, Evgenia, was born in Vladivostok in October 1922.

According to Lindy, Balia’s father organised for her to travel to Shanghai with the kids and probably with her half sister, Lydia, and her step-mother, Maria, as well.

He also arranged for his son-in-law to leave Vladivostok by sea. Joseph was hiding in the captain’s cabin at the back of a cupboard, standing on a upturned bucket, as they were searching for (him?) illegal escapees.

However my nephew says he entered Tsingtao by ship in 1923 (was that where he was going when the ship was searched?) and then went to Harbin.  He thinks that Joseph worked as a steward on ships …»

I originally thought all the photos below were taken in Shanghai.  However since finding out that my aunt was born in Vladivostok, and hearing the story about Akim organising for his son-in-law to escape from Vladivostok, I must assume that all four pictures below were taken in Russia and not China  😮

I remember my mother telling me a story about her grandfather’s house. It was a very old place with a cellar, and the cellar was filled with wooden barrels of wine. Mom said she must have been a couple of years old when went down there and turned on a tap of one of the barrels and drank the lovely “grape juice” which came out of it.  One of the servants found her lying under the tap, drunk as a skunk 😮

Anya sitting on the chair with Melitza on her lap, Joseph on the right with his hand on another child's shoulder. No idea of the occasion or the other people there

Anya sitting on the chair with Melitza on her lap, Joseph on the right with his hand on another child’s shoulder. No idea of the occasion or the other people there

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Anya, her mother and sister, and the two girls left Vladivostok but Akim stayed behind.  I don’t know why he didn’t join his womenfolk … perhaps he thought that the Bolsheviks would be defeated and the could recall his family from Shanghai to resume a normal life in Russia again?

I have no information about what happened to Akim – hopefully he wasn’t shot or imprisoned by the Soviets for being a capitalist lackey 🙁

I wonder if this photo was taken just before Maria and Lida were sent to Shanghai? The ladies look so unhappy :'(




You can see on this map of Vladivostok where the Uspenskii Cathedral was, as well as the route the train would have taken to leave the city for Harbin (both have red arrows pointing at them).





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The Nozadzes in Vladivostok

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