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(1) A vessel for alcoholic beverages; a small chara, sometimes with a base or a spherical stem. Various forms of charka with niello, enamel, or engraved ornamentation were common in Russia in the 17th and 18th centuries.
(2) A Russian liquid measure used before the introduction of the metric system; also called sotka. One charka was equal to 1/10 of a shtof 1/100 of a vedro, and 2 shkaliki. One charka was also the equivalent of 0.12299 liter.