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3 The Great Novgorod of Russia

The Great Novgorod of Russia

Posted on April 27, 2014 by tim


Novgorod is one of the oldest known Russian cities, officially its foundation date is 859 AD, however people lived there even before that. From 1136 to 1478 it is said to be the capital of Novgorod Republic – a state that stretched a few thousand kilometers across North European Russia, from the Baltic Sea on the West to Ural mountains on the East. It became fully independent from Ancient Russian State at that time. The leaders of republic were “Knjazs” or dukes that were often appointed by the democratic procedure of voting by the “Veche” which was a gathering of the part of the men population of the Novgorod. They could elect or call brave men of their liking to become their king for time being, and sometimes it were not kings of Russian origin but of foreign too, just like larger corporations can hire their CEOs now from the wide range of international professionals.

However later the Moscow Tsars have conquered the republic and it became a part of Russia again. Since 1999 the legal name of the city is Great Novgorod. Here we have a set of photos from Novgorod.

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3 Responses to “The Great Novgorod of Russia”

  1. Dag says:

    interestings russia people looked happier before communism – after communism everything looks dark/depressings

  2. dag is an idiot says:

    how can you even tell? the people in the photos are barely visible, so could you see this?

  3. Rurik says:

    Novogrod was the last free republic in what is now Russia. Until the Moskovites brought is down, that is, and conquered. A pity that its memory and tradition is not more cherished among the Russians today.

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