Guria Uprising of 1841

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Guria Uprising of 1841


a peasant disturbance in Guria (Georgia) against the tsarist administration and local pomeshchiki (fief holders). The immediate cause of the uprising was the introduction of the monetary system of taxation in Guria in 1841.

The uprising, which began on May 22, quickly spread throughout Guria. The peasants refused to pay the official assessments. The insurgents, numbering more than 7,000, seized all of the fortified positions in Guria. On August 9, near the village of Gogoreti, they defeated the tsarist detachment commanded by Colonel Brusilov. Throughout the region, with the exception of Ozurgeti, the authority of the pomeshchiki and officials was actually overthrown and administration was in the hands of the so-called Main Headquarters, which led the uprising. Despite these successes, the uprising was suppressed by the end of September through the use of regular troops and volunteer detachments provided by the local nobility.


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