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Verst

 

an old Russian measure of length (traveling distance), noted in literary monuments since the 11th century.

The length of the verst changed many times, depending on the number of sazhenia contained in it and on the length of the sazhen’. From the end of the 18th century to the introduction of the metric system, 1 verst = 500 sazhen ’s = 1.0668 km.

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Those in need of hospital treatment had to endure up to 200 versts and more of jolting along Siberia's notoriously potted roads in order to receive medical care.
They asked to change the railway line direction from Dzhankoj station to Perekop station at a distance of 71 versts away from the previous project.
The men who live by the road in the countryside, in spring and fall and in times without work, will look after the road so that it will always be even and filled with dirt, with small road markers indicating the versts from point to point on the road.
The Riazan' settler Afanasii Mikhailov left a similar account of his family's arrival at what proved to be their ultimate stopping place in Zakubanskaia oblast' in the Northern Caucasus in 1882: "We crossed forty-five versts of steppe and experienced great grief and want .
13 versts that the globe traversed while rising to its zenith, in which it
On September 1st, Rayevskiy sent his young son Samson and Yakubovskiy, accompanied by their two teachers, one Russian and one English, to their estate in the village of Nyeplyuyevo twelve versts away from Moscow.
The remaining 107 scouts traveled on to Kustanai as instructed, but on arriving were informed by the local agent that their shares awaited them not in that district but 600 versts (circa 400 miles) to the northeast.
The courier bringing the news of Pavel's accession to the throne in 1796 covered the 6,000 versts (the pre-Revolutionary measure of distance, equal to 1.
In subsequent decades, print came to be used in documents for regulating the movement of people and for guaranteeing sums of money: for internal passports specifying permission for peasants to work more than 30 versts from their villages, for passports authorizing travel abroad, for the credentials of foreigners living in Russia, and for banknotes.
Beyond seeking confirmation of the Borisoglebskii Monastery's property rights and privileges, Archimandrite Iona successfully explored opportunities to increase the monastery's holdings by taking advantage of his monastery's patronage ties with the Semenov Monastery, located in Torzhok's suburb two versts outside the town.
99) Golitsyn reported in his dispatch of 18 June that his army was 90 versts from Perekop.
93) The Mongols turned away 100 versts from the city; see NPL, 76, 289.