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a Russian word with various meanings.

(1) The quantity and number 40.

(2) An old Russian unit of counting. It was first used until the early 19th century, primarily in the fur trade. For example, 2 soroka of sables were equal to 80 pelts.

(3) A group of churches, sometimes less than 40 in number, subject to a blagochinnyi (a senior priest serving as superintendent over the clergy of several parishes). The phrase sorok sorokov (forty forties) is a traditional expression for the great number of churches in old Moscow.

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Zdanovich, Sorok let na sekretnoi sluzhbe: Zhizn ' i prikliucheniia Vladimira Krivosha (Moscow: Iks-Khistori, Kuchkovo pole, 2007).
Izmozik, Sorok let na sekretnoi sluzhbe: Zhizn' i prikliucheniia Vladimira Krivosha, Moscow: Iks-Khistori, Kuchkovo Pole, 2007, 40-56; see also, Alekseev, Voennaia razvedka Rossii, vol.
28) Ella vive desde 1930 en la isla de Sorok, un verdadero residuo del colonialismo.
The rest of the cases were judged by the others boyars of the country, especially by the "vornici" and "parcalabi:" "Hi omnes quidem causas audire possunt, dirimere autem tantum leviores; graviores cel ad magnum saae provinciae vornicum, vel si appellatio interposita fuerit, ad Principem relegare debent Eo autem casu litigantibus sorok i.
9) An exception to this general neglect is the poem "Tsar Nikita i sorok ego docherei" (1822), where, for the first time, scholars have recently perceived echoes of Diderot's Les Bijoux indiscrets (1748).
433-440) und die in einem bibliothekswissenschaftlichen Organ veroffentlichte Abhandlung uber die ungarischen Zeilen von Gyulafehervar (Alba Julia in Rumanien): "A Gyulafehervari Sorok vizsgalatahoz" (Konyv es Konyvtar 25, S.
Shklovskii, Za sorok let [Forty Years] (Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1965).
Sorok mgnovenii peterburgskoi "Vesny": iz istorii festivalia "Muzykal'naia vesna", 1965-2004.