(25) Even as these statutes were being prepared, it was clear that there would not be adequate human and material resources to serve the populous and geographically extensive western Siberian provinces of Tobol'sk
Gury had a special "museum of the Brotherhood, or repository for a collection on the ethnography of the peoples of the Tobol'sk
North, whose aim was to assist the study of the life, customs, and mores of the natives by graphic means." (2) Several missionaries, particularly the hieromonk Irinarkh (Ivan Semyonovich Shemanovsky), published works on the ethnography of the people of the Northern Ob'.
(13.) Among the dioceses occupied by non-Great Russians were Novgorod, Tver', Tobol'sk
, Smolensk, and Pskov.
John's Wort (zveroboi) was sought throughout Siberia but was associated primarily with and ordered from the town of Tobol'sk
. Licorice root (solodkovyi koren") was found primarily around Voronezh but was also sought in and around Korotiak on the Don and outside Astrakhan.
The act of exile was also a very physical manifestation of the vengeance and authority of the sovereign, and it is striking that Beer opens his account with the return of the Bell of Uglich from Tobol'sk
, the victim of the first "inanimate exile" under Boris Godunov 300 years earlier (3).
As the Tara governor and stol'nik Mitrofan Ivanovich Vorontsov-Vel'iaminov reported to Tobol'sk
, on 5 June 1705, no fewer than 500 town and country residents had gathered at the governor's office.
He did not heed advice from the Tobol'sk
governor to convene a meeting of members of all the estates.
(12) These trips to the Russian North and to Siberia have resulted in a series (14 volumes to date) published by Tri kvadrata in Moscow, with individual volumes on Tobol'sk
, Tot'ma, Vologda (cited above), Belozersk, and other places, as well as William Craft Brumfield, Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015).
Any doubts about how representative this data base is are removed by Kollmann's inclusion of countless other cases and evidence from published sources, including a register of 158 cases from Tobol'sk
listing the crime, social status of the accused, and the punishment (218-22).
Thereafter, perlustration developed more methodically; eight "Black Offices" located in the two capitals, Tobol'sk
, and the western borderlands (others opened and closed over the years; see appendix 3), were tasked in 1826 with surveilling the correspondence of 178 people across the empire.
They would set out from cities across the empire and be funneled through Moscow before marching eastward through the town of Vladimir that gave its name to the notorious road that wound its way through Kazan, Perm', across the Urals to Tiumen', Tobol'sk
and on toward Tomsk, Krasnoiarsk, and Irkutsk.