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Verst

 

an old Russian measure of length (traveling distance), noted in literary monuments since the 11th century.

The length of the verst changed many times, depending on the number of sazhenia contained in it and on the length of the sazhen’. From the end of the 18th century to the introduction of the metric system, 1 verst = 500 sazhen ’s = 1.0668 km.

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For administrative reasons, it was assigned to a justice of the peace whose residence was located 305 versts away, even though another justice of the peace lived only 200 versts from it.
They asked to change the railway line direction from Dzhankoj station to Perekop station at a distance of 71 versts away from the previous project.
The men who live by the road in the countryside, in spring and fall and in times without work, will look after the road so that it will always be even and filled with dirt, with small road markers indicating the versts from point to point on the road.
The Riazan' settler Afanasii Mikhailov left a similar account of his family's arrival at what proved to be their ultimate stopping place in Zakubanskaia oblast' in the Northern Caucasus in 1882: "We crossed forty-five versts of steppe and experienced great grief and want ...
13 versts that the globe traversed while rising to its zenith, in which it
And does the 'little man' Belkin, who is a silly, endearing, self-deflecting mask that is versts away from the sophisticated psychological realism Kropf imputes to him, want 'to become authorized' (p.
Boyd Limited (Box 69546, 109 Thomas St., Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7R4 Canada) was proudly showing about 25 diamond-in-kimberlite specimens from the Udachny mine, Northern Siberia, and, it must be said, they outdistanced the Chinese ones by several versts. The embedded, clear octahedrons ranged from 0.5 to 2 carats by weight, with the champion being a flattened octahedron 1 cm across, only about half embedded in a 4 x 5-cm kimberlite lump.
In the late imperial period, the township court for people of peasant status was supposed to be located no further than 12 versts (8 miles or 13 kilometers) from any village in its jurisdiction.
I arrive Here scarcely conscious, only half alive, With not a wink of sleep in forty-five long hours, Seven hundred versts through storms and icy showers, All shaken senseless--then the horses fell-- The past deserves a better present!
Murav'yov describes how, after the Battle of Borodino (September 7th, 1812), he and his brother Alexander were living in Moscow when one day the director of the broadcloth factory in a village 40 versts away, belonging to Prince Vasiliy Novikov, suddenly appeared at the house.
It comprised daily marches of 18 to 25 versts in chains, overnighting in prisons on filthy wooden benches ..., lacking undergarments, clothes and boots, a starvation diet, extreme hunger, icy slush, heat, frosts, and all the time we had to keep marching onward and onward.
The courier bringing the news of Pavel's accession to the throne in 1796 covered the 6,000 versts (the pre-Revolutionary measure of distance, equal to 1.07 kms) between St Petersburg and Irkutsk within five weeks.