The Peasant Family Division and the Commune


he communal assembly, consisting of those men who have the right to vote at the assembly, heard the application of the village elder on behalf of the wish of the brothers Vasilii Ivanov Sovetov and Sergei Ivanov Sovetov to take their share from the holdings of their family, that is, to divide into separate households. The head of the household, the eldest member of the family, has agreed ... Both the younger and the older brother have agreed to the apportionment [of shares], and therefore, the elder called the assembly, especially in view of the first point: the cause for the division is just and well-founded. Those wishing to divide have no arrears and there can be none because these are landless peasants dividing. In light of this, the communal assembly determined to permit the division . . .

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