A. Andreev

Concerning the Person of the Bukharan Ambassador Tupchi-Bashi Quli Beg or the Story of One Petition

Key words: Khanate of Bukhara, Russian state at the beginning of the 18th c., daily life, petitions to the Russian tsar, Peter the Great, Moscow monasteries, Quli Beg Tupchi Bashi, Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts

Abstract: The article is devoted to an almost unknown document that has been recently discovered in the Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts (f. 109 “Relations with Bukhara”). Dating back to the time of Peter the Great, it represents a unique petition addressed by the mother and sister of the Bukhara Ambassador to the Russian Tsar. The text of the petition composed in the Russian language and authenticated with Ambassador’s stamp reveals important details of the origin of Quli Beg Tupchi Bashi, one of the famous representatives of Bukharan Khans in Russia at the beginning of the 18th century. Two pages of the petition also provide information on the status of Slavic slaves and “social elevator” in the Khanate of Bukhara.


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