A Russian, a certain Mr Sherbakov (no first name), was to be included in the Russian delegation at the Lapstone ECAFE conference December 1948 that was held in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. Mr Sherbakov seems to have arrived in Australia with the delegation, but didn’t show up at the conference.
Australian Archives. “Correspondence, Reports and Statements, 1948-1955, Lapstone” Barcode 438694. page 28.
“Of the fourteen Russians who landed, twelve only have left. Apparently Sherbakov and Miss Bogotyreva are still in Australia. Mr. Brennan never saw Sherbakov during the whole of the conference and was under the impression that he had not come. (There was great uncertainty about the composition of the delegation.) Qantas passenger list received by C.I.S. some days later, clearly shows Sherbakov as a passenger.”
The Lapstone ECAFE conference commenced on the Monday before the Somerton Man died. Could SM be Sherbakov? Who was Sherbakov? ~ B Deveson .
Miss Tatiana Bogatyreva was Soviet delegate Col. Kirrill Novikov's secretary. Col. Novokov also had nine male assistants with him. It is quite possible Mr Sherbakov was one of Col. Novikov's assistants.
Maybe the pair decided they had had enough of Russia and decided to run off together and start a new life in Australia under assumed names.
Somewhere along the line Mr Sherbakov had picked up a first name... "Vasily"
I am unsure where this has come from.
There was a Vasily Shcherbakov who was a Russian pianist but he wasn't born until 1969.
And a Vasily Sherbakov who was a ballet dancer but he only graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1994, so he can't be our man either.
(There is THIS, (page 13/16))
But there was also an "Ilya Shcherbakov" who ended up being the Soviet Ambassador to Vietnam from 1964-1974. Prior to that he was counsellor to the Soviet embassy in Beijing, but I don't know for how long. He must have started somewhere though.
Both Bogotyreva and Sherbakov have now been traced in Australia after 1948) See the Tamam Shud blog