The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(also stradnyi chelovek; from strada, heavy field labor), in Rus’ of the 14th through 16th centuries, a kholop (slave) required to work the fields of a landowner, who provided him with working livestock, seed, and agricultural implements.
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