Story of Baron G. de Gunzburg – Russian Government Official in Chosen

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(On the relationship Between Chosŏn and Russia) On October 8, 1895, Queen Myung-Sung was assassinated by the Japanese force. King Go-Jong, who was also confined at the palace Kyung-Bok, fearing for his life, wanted to escape. On November 28, 1895, the King’s first try to flee to the legation of the United States failed because of a betrayal.

On February 11, 1896, his second try to flee, this time to the legation of Russia, was successful due to the conspiration between the pro-Russian cabinet members and the Russian minister to Chosŏn. When the pro-Japanese cabinet collapsed, all the governmental policies were handled by the pro-Russians, and for the next year the King stayed in Chosŏn.

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Dr. Joel Lee
Born in Korea, Vietnam war participation as ROK marine, US citizen, Dr. of Ministry, Retired Presbyterian Pastor. 40 years collected for Korea stamps 1884-1905.

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