A history of the peoples of siberia by James Forsyth

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Boyarskiye). Both of these categories, like the Cossacks, expected to sup- ' plement their income with plunder. 16 Another factor which tended towards oppressive and dishonest practices in Russian colonial possessions was the system of 'feeding' (kormleniye), by which provincial governors appointed by the Moscow government received no salary, but were expected to 'nourish themselves' from the taxes and dues which they exacted in excess of the rates required by the treasury. Although this system was abolished in Russia proper in 1555, among the ranks of the gentry eligible for appointment as military governors of the newly conquered .

Were forts surrounded by stockades and earth ramparts. Irrespective of tribal allegiance, the whole Khanty-Mansi people was divided into two moieties, the members of which had to take marriage partners from the other group, so that strict exogamy was observed. , and a man could have as many wives as he could pay for. 12 The territory occupied by the Khantys extended from the mouth of the Ob and the northern Urals for 400 miles up the Ob to the confluence of the Irtysh, and from there a further 400 miles eastward into the heart of Siberia.

34-5; Dolgikh, Roduooy i pkmcllwy sostav, p. 49. 21 Among those who continued to resist Russian occupation of the lands immediately to the east of the Urals were not only Siberian Tatars but other native peoples. Some of the Mansi and Khanty kingdoms which had been strongly influenced by the Tatars and to some extent Islamicised, to judge by the names of their leaders - Yusup, Al-Seit etc. - put up a determined upposition. ), who commanded a strategic position on the most-used route across the Urals, refused to submit until a Russian fort was built on the Lozva in 1590 and his warriors were overwhelmed.

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