The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(troops of the sokha, the basic tax-territorial unit of Muscovy), the peasant recruits in Russia of the 16th and 17th centuries who were impressed for military service in the infantry and the auxiliary forces.
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