He served in the Tomsk magistrate. Member of the anti-Bolshevik Mug with Potanin April 28, 1918, and his deputy. Tomsk provincial commissioner in 1918. The enemy of the Siberian Regional Duma (SOD), it successfully broke up at the end of September 1918 after receiving the order to this AI Mikhailov and Gratsianova, despite strong opposition from the leaders of the Czechs in Siberia. It was then under constant pressure from the Socialist-Revolutionaries, since his office was in the same building with SOD. The representative of the Czechs Gloss unsuccessfully pressured him at the time of an exacerbation of the conflict between the ODS and the GSP, burst into his office with his soldiers, trying to remove Gattenberg from the workplace under the pretext of "unrest" in Tomsk and disrupt his work. Gattenberg refused to obey glosses, announced its complete control over the situation in the city and forced to retire Gloss. At the time of acceleration SOD Gloss he took power Gattenberg office and demanded to nimprovedeniya talks about her fate. Gattenberg refused it, saying GLOSS, that he is a foreigner in Siberia and has no right to interfere in Russian affairs. After another failed attempt to force Gloss Gattenberg enter into negotiations with him, with the support of A. Pepelyaeva, Alexander broke the resistance of the Czechoslovaks and the Socialist-Revolutionaries, arresting Gloss and passing it near the station Taiga Haidee. Prominent figure Kolchak government, the Minister of Internal Affairs, member of the Supreme Ruler of the Council, was there in trying to "establish a general policy line." Tore amnesty members Komuch Kolchak government in January 1919, the Council of Ministers by providing data on the beginning of negotiations, "the Constituent Assembly" with the Bolsheviks. As Minister, outlined the objectives for the activity: improving the administration, changing the electoral laws in urban and rural self-government for the provision of a personal, not just gruppovogovybora, expansion of the budgetary rights of the zemstvos and cities in the implementation of the tasks of national importance. Kolchak opponents - As a result, prominent socialists took place in Zemstvos Blagoveshchensk and Irkutsk. Single of the Ministers of the Government of Kolchak, who had no higher education. Memorandum "Council of Ministers", found during the arrest Kolchak in January 1920, owned, presumably written by Zhardetskogo, characterizes Gattenberg:.. "As a person - a very decent man, for political views - Cadet, with a bias towards regionalism in Omsk intellectual circles he was considered a man of firm and decisive When erupted in Tomsk rebellion, complicated by an attack on the prison, in full unanimity with the military authorities rather abruptly cracked down on the rebels his place in the Directory held Mikhailov Czechs also moved his (Gattenberg) -... temporary administrator Ministry Interior, which no one Do not know, and so no one was afraid. " While serving as interior minister in the government of Kolchak not developed a program of action of the Ministry and in fact, brought it to disaster, as his work is virtually non-existent. Constantly at odds with military officials "on the delimitation of competences of the soil", from the first days feuded with Stepanov on the grounds of failure to the apartment from the War Department to his assistant. At the slightest divergence with other ministers and government leaders filed their resignations. May 2, 1919 his next resignation was granted Kolchak, he took his place Telberg, but he continued to be at work in the Kolchak government. In February 1920, he emigrated with Vologda and Hins Japanese military train in China and lived intermittently in Harbin. His extradition in Primorye required SRs in the face of local government leaders - the Maritime Zemsky Administration - Medvedev.