Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief police officer of a Russian uyezd or rural district, and the presiding judge of the district police court. His duties are partly judicial and partly executive, and in some parts of the empire, particularly in the remoter parts, his powers are virtually those of a local governor.
“The ispravnik of Bielsk passed along the rows of condemned.”
“A couple of tables littered with papers occupied the centre of the room, and at one of these sat the _ispravnik_, a wooden-faced peremptory person in dark green tunic and gold shoulder straps.”
“The only other guest was one Vassily Brando, a political exile, whose intimacy with the _ispravnik_ was strangely at variance with all that I had heard and read concerning exiles in the remoter parts of Siberia.”
“It has seldom been my lot to pass such a depressing evening as that which followed my interview with the _ispravnik_, but the prospect of an entire summer's imprisonment in Arctic wilds affected us far less than the failure of the expedition.”
“Even the Governor-General's all-powerful document produced little effect here, for the _ispravnik_ appeared to regard himself as beyond the reach of even the Tsar's Viceroy, which, indeed, from an inaccessible point of view, he undoubtedly was.”
“We reached the place late at night, but the _ispravnik_ was more hospitably inclined than others we had met, and gave us supper while the teams were changed.”
“There is no inn at Vitimsk, but the post-house was clean and comfortable, and the _ispravnik_, on reading the Governor's letter, also placed his house and services at my disposal, but I only availed myself of the latter to hasten the alteration to the sleighs.”
“The _ispravnik_ had also tried cabbages, with a similar result.”
“Yartsegg, a tall elderly man in ragged deerskins, informed me that the village possessed no _ispravnik_ but himself, at which I could scarcely restrain a smile.”
“The _ispravnik_ received us in the official grey and scarlet, reminding me that even in this remote corner of the Empire a traveller is well within reach of Petersburg and the secret police.”
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