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.
They were judged by elected courts, that is juries, either in the mir court or in that of the volost (district).
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.
It’s nearly three miles to the volost, and the storm, the snowdrifts, are something terrible — maybe one won’t get there before midnight.
At home one has to heat the stove for the clerk in the volost office, to fetch water for him, to clean his boots.”