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Volost

In Imperial Russia, a political subdivision roughly equivalent to a county that was abolished in the 1920s after the rise of the Soviet Union.
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15) Doubting that the land captains could deal with such a widespread calamity, Arsen'ev resurrected his crusade for the creation of the all-estate volost', arguing that such an institution was especially beneficial in times of crisis, when imperial institutions needed to communicate rapidly with rural locales.
35) In the minds of legislators, the distinction between the various categories of penal labor and exile in Siberia to which offenders could be sentenced may well have been clear, but villagers referred interchangeably to compatriots sentenced to jail or penal battalions by volost' courts as exiles and prisoners.
Rules and Responses in the Reformed Volost' Court," Slavonic and East European Review 75, 2 (1997): 308-44.
In 1882, it published Arsen'ev's "liberal program," which included freedom of the press, freedom of conscience, personal inviolability, educational reform, rural land and tax reform, and the establishment of an all-estate volost' (rural township or canton, a self-government unit below the district zemstvo).
In a manner similar to Jane Burbank's arguments on the volost' courts, McReynolds argues that Russian juries were relatively autonomous in their "legal values," but she glosses over the consequences of such legal values (111).
Shelamanova, "Komaritskaia volost' i Sevskii uezd v pervoi polovine 17 v.
Lykoshin, "Chapkullukskaia volost' Khodzhentskogo uezda," SKSO, no.
Here, too, they note one major difference between the corporate organization of the peasant soslovie and all others: where other corporate bodies were purely local, peasants had two layers of corporate bodies governing them: the village obshchina and the volost' (township) society, as well.