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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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Thus, this line should cross densely populated territory but it should be several versts longer than the previous one (Konovalov 2010).
It gave the following arguments: 1) during railway building only national interests were took into consideration; 2) the northward was 8 versts or 10% shorter than the line between Dzhankoi and Perekop.
it was 102 539 roubles per verst of the backbone (Konovalov 2010) , but grand total of Dzhankoi-Kherson railway building according to four lists was 20 450 042 roubles, that compared to the previous calculations was 6 255 769 roubles higher.
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 .
One of these was from a Riazan' settler in Western Siberia who wrote home to a relative in 1880 and urged him repeatedly not to come: "Such are the places we have here: knolls, gulches; they don't redistribute the pasture or the plow land and the church is ten versts away.