Iasak

Iasak

 

a tribute or tax in kind paid by non-Russian peoples who engaged in hunting in the Volga Region from the 15th to 18th centuries and in Siberia from the 17th to early 20th centuries.

Furs and sometimes cattle were brought to treasury offices as payment. People who paid the iasak were regarded as citizens. The tax was determined separately for each tribe or clan. It was a land tax among the Kungur Tatars and the Bashkirs, a poll tax among several Siberian peoples, and a tax on livestock among the Yakuts.

In the 18th century a monetary tax began replacing the iasak; the new tax was introduced in the Volga Region in the 1720’s and in Siberia in 1822. The abuses that were committed by the collectors of the iasak compelled the government to regulate the collection of the tax with the help of iasak commissions. The Sibirskii Prikaz (Siberian Prikaz) was put in charge of collecting the tax, and in 1763 the Cabinet of His Imperial Majesty assumed the responsibility. The iasak continued to be collected on a small scale until the February Revolution of 1917.

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47) Not only were some Muslim groups such as the Tatars not defined as inorodtsy, but Andrei Znamenski has identified a group of ethnically Russian Old Believers called the "rock people" in the Altai, who were declared to be iasak payers by the state in 1791 and managed to retain the status of inorodtsy for almost 90 years, only reluctantly relinquishing it in 1878.
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In Muscovite administrative practice, the use of such Turkic words as shert' and iasak, and the codification this implied, underlined the continuation of Mongol administrative ideas.
It is particularly good on the disconnection between Evenki clan (dis)order and Russia's attempts to institutionalize iasak (tribute payments).
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While much of the story is familiar, Risaliti's concept of a tricontinental state and his comparisons with Spanish expansion in the New World are evocative and his image of Siberia as a colony persuasive, although his description of the iasak, or fur tribute, as "the imposition of a state feudal tribute" less so (36).