Shorin, Vasilii

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Shorin, Vasilii Grigor’evich


Dates of birth and death unknown. One of the richest Moscow merchants of the 17th century.

Shorin and his assistants conducted business in Moscow, Vologda, Arkhangel’sk, and Velikii Ustiug, in cities in Siberia and the Volga Region (Povolzh’e), and in certain countries of the East. Shorin owned leather-manufacturing enterprises in Nizhny Novgorod. In 1647 and 1648 and in 1658 and 1659 he was head of customs in Arkhangel’sk. Part of a plan he proposed in 1658 for increasing customs revenue was used in the New Commercial Statute of 1667. Shorin’s enterprises, shops, and warehouses were looted during the Moscow uprisings of 1648 and 1662, and a convoy of his ships was seized on the Volga in 1669 by S. T. Ra-zin’s cossacks. In 1673, part of Shorin’s property was sold for arrears, and the remainder was transferred to the state treasury.

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