Russians in Shanghai

Dedicated to the memory of staff captain Vladimir Danilovich Zhiganov …

Shanghai is inextricably linked with Russian emigration and the Great Russian exodus in the Far East. Fleeing the advancing Chinese Red Army, the majority of Russian emigrants left Shanghai in 1949 and ended up in DP camps in the Philippines, on the island of Tubabao. In 1951-1952, the majority received entry visas and arrived in the United States, a smaller part went to Australia and other countries. In this section, we will post information on the life of Russians in Shanghai from 1917 to 1949. Staff captain Vladimir Danilovich Zhiganov spent many years studying Russian Shanghai, and the result was the best and most unique directory and photo album “Russians in Shanghai.” This publication could not contain all the materials provided to him and he planned to publish a sequel, the second volume. Moving to Australia and the Great Pacific War thwarted these plans. Fulfilling his dream, we post additional materials collected by his friends and colleagues, who after Shanghai ended up with his brother, Zhiganov Georgy Danilovich in the USA.

Russian Shanghai, photo 30s

Russian Shanghai, history, photos, documents

Shanghai, Russian and international

“Shanghai, whose name is associated with many legends, is often called the” Paris of the East “, but this comparison, in my opinion, is very one-sided.
I would say that Shanghai is a city of contrasts; the only city in the world where inconsistent opposites are combined so sharply and on a large scale. Within the framework of this giant city, ancient Chinese culture coexists with modern civilization, indescribable luxury lives next to poverty, slave labor and easy money, without any difficulty, go hand in hand, like two good friend-buddies, next to the rich mansion’s mansion a wretched shack of Chinese coolie huddles along, on the same street a car or truck of the latest make rushes and a wretched, dirty rickshaw or a Wilborough drags along, and a few steps from majestic temples you find slums where debauchery flourishes.
And all this, old and new, good and bad, is registered and peculiarly legalized. Read more Shanghai story …

This city never sleeps. Only daytime business life gives way to the unhealthy nightlife of taverns and dens. The quiet, deserted “bloody alley” (Chu Pao San) makes noise and excitement like the sea, filling the air with drunken songs, rude scolding, alarming whistles of military police of various nationalities and horn-sirens of ambulances.
Shanghai is never awake and always on the alert – its police. Robbery, abduction, robbery, terrorist acts carried out according to the latest words of modern criminal technology, never stop, day or night. Read more Shanghai story

Russians in Shanghai 1920-1949

Handbook of Russians in Shanghai, compiled by V.D. Zhiganov with additional materials from his friends and colleagues who lived in the United States.

Russian Orthodox Church

– Epiphany Church
– House church in the name of St. Nicholas of Myra
– Gabriel-Archangel Church
– Resurrection House Church
– St. Nicholas Temple Monument to the Tsar Martyr and the August Family
– The house church in the name of the Holy Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sofia
– House church in the name of St. Andrew the First-Called
– House church in the shelter of elderly women
– Cathedral in the name of the Sister-Mother of Sinners
– Office of the Shanghai diocese and clergy
– Orthodox brotherhood
– Cemeteries, Chinese and Russian

– Head of the Russian Far Eastern Emigration General Horvat D.L.
– Russian Imperial Consulate
– Emigrant Committee, Bureau of Russian Affairs
– Committee for the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Russians / National Community
– Council of United Russian Organizations
– Assistance Committee for fleeing the USSR

Public and charitable organizations
– Russian educational and charitable society
– Russian Law Society and “Help”
– Student union
– Student Assistance Society at French Community College
– Mutual Medical Assistance

Military organizations
– Union of served in the Army and Navy
– Shanghai officers meeting
– ROVS, Far Eastern Department
– Union of Manzhurtians (OMO)
– Union of Russian military invalids
– military science society in China

– Union of Merchant Sailors
– Sports life, famous athletes and competition winners
– Society “Russian Sokol” (Falcon)
– The Union of Musketeers of His Highness Prince Nikita Alexandrovich
– Sports club “Vityaz”
– Scouts, squad
– Orphanage named after St. Tikhon Zadonsky
– children

– political party “Mladorossy” (Young Russia)

– The community of artists, writers, artists and musicians
– chamber theater
– “Churaevka” literary community
– Literary community “Monday”
– art workers, artists
– musicians

Russian educational institutions
– Higher Commercial Law Courses
– Commercial College R.P.B.
– Real school
– French “Remy School”
– French Community College
– marine school
– Gymnasium of the League of Rus. women
– St. Andrew’s Parish School
– Higher technical center (technical school)
– Cadet Corps

Newspapers, magazines
– “Shanghai Zaria”(Dawn,” newspaper
– “Slovo” (Word)
– “Russian Thought”, newspaper
– “Russia” newspaper
– Bulletin “Army and Navy”
– “Standard” magazine
– Niva magazine

Russian employees in foreign institutions of Shanghai
– Shanghai Russian Regiment (Шанхайский русский полк)
– municipal police
– French volunteer squad (Французский волонтерский отряд)
– French municipal police
– Russian volunteer detachment on the French police (Русский волонтерский отряд на французской полиции)
– Anti-piracy guard
– Private security, watchmen, bodyguards

Commercial enterprises

– Chronicle of events
– Sino-Japanese conflict
– evacuation to the island of Tubabao and other countries
– Index of names, personalities: prominent figures of emigration