zemstvo: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (zemst'vō Russ. zyem'stv&schwa), [key]
— pl. zem•stvos
  1. one of a system of elected local assemblies established in 1864 by Alexander II to replace the authority of the nobles in administering local affairs after the abolition of serfdom: became the core of the liberal movement from 1905 to 1917.
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