from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In the greater part of Russia, a division for local government consisting of a group of mirs, or village communities; a canton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small administrative division in Russia.


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  • It happened sometimes that one of these elders, who was considered unusually wise or powerful, became chief of the volost, a dignity which might become hereditary.

    The Story of Russia

  • They were judged by elected courts, that is juries, either in the mir court or in that of the volost (district).

    The Story of Russia

  • With great difficulty there were established organs of a local, autonomous administration, volost and district zemstvos, which were to furnish a basis of organization to the government zemstvos.

    Bolshevism The Enemy of Political and Industrial Democracy

  • It’s nearly three miles to the volost, and the storm, the snowdrifts, are something terrible — maybe one won’t get there before midnight.

    The Schoolmistress and other stories

  • At home one has to heat the stove for the clerk in the volost office, to fetch water for him, to clean his boots.”

    The Schoolmistress and other stories


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  • A city gives refuge at cost:

    Imperial favor is lost.

    Czar Donald the Great

    Will not hesitate

    To punish a rebel volost.

    February 2, 2017