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The highest government circles (the ministries in St. Petersburg) and the lowest (the local mining and police officials) established an unholy alliance with the entrepreneurs, with results inimical to interests of the workers and, for that matter, the local Siberian population. Resistance was costly. 25 Sinel’nikov’s well-intentioned interventions wrought at least one outright evil effect. The governor originated the idea of sending “the most incorrigible hard-labor prisoners” to private gold mines such as those in the Olekminsk region.

In any case, possessional labor in Russia was already yielding to more productive free labor. 11 An  statute established a gendarme staff officer with the responsibility of maintaining “order in private Siberian gold mines,” a measure that hints at strikes, disorders, and outright uprisings, the patriarchal care of the government notwithstanding. 12 All early regulatory statutes had assumed that Siberian gold miners were more or less permanent residents, whether rare indigenous citizens, political exiles, or transferred possessional workers.

For the year  alone, this tiny hamlet was the scene of four murders, two attempted murders, two suicides and one attempted suicide, two break-in robberies and four robberies without break-in, various deaths from overconsumption of alcohol, five unaccountable dead bodies, and two drowning victims. ” A mid-s government report had forecast Angarskii’s findings when it claimed that “workers arriving here succumb to drunkenness and debauchery without any restraint, and calculating people, putting aside all conscience and humanity, cast out the nets to strip the workers of their funds.

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