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The First Desertion

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0010
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details events following Semën Atarshchikov's desertion of the Russian military. In October 1841, Major Igelstrom reported shocking news to General Zass: Lieutenant Semën Atarshchikov ... More


From Semën Atarshchikov to Hajret Muhammed

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0011
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details events following Semën Atarshchikov's second desertion in November 1842. Atarshchikov had resolved to end his life as a military officer and Christian subject of the Russian ... More


Atarshchikov’s Childhood

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0003
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details Semën Atarshchikov's childhood. Semën was born in 1807 in Naurskaia, one of the largest Cossack settlements on the Terek River. He was a typical product of the frontier—a ... More


Introduction

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to reconstruct the life of Semën Atarshchikov, a Russian officer of Chechen ancestry. It is a fascinating story of a man who in many ... More


St. Petersburg and Poland

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0006
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details events following Semën Atarshchikov's arrival in St. Petersburg in May 1830. Atarshchikov was to spend the next seven months in the imperial capital. The novelty of life in the ... More


Interpreter and Administrator

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0008
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details events following Semën Atarshchikov's arrival in the city of Tiflis in 1836, where he assumed the new post of superintendent of the Karachay people. In the 1830s the Karachays ... More


Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Michael Khodarkovsky

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.001.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

Russia's attempt to consolidate its authority in the North Caucasus has exerted a terrible price on both sides since the mid-nineteenth century. This book tells a concise and compelling history of ... More


Journey through the Northeast Caucasus

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0004
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details events in Semën's life in 1822 when he turned fifteen—the age of maturity for boys. Now he was entitled to wear a dagger, participate in men's councils, and marry. After spending ... More


Return to the North Caucasus

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0007
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter details events following Semën Atarshchikov's return to North Caucasus in 1832. Atarshchikov arrived late in the summer and was assigned as a translator to the headquarters of the Mozdok ... More


Russian Policies and Alternatives

Michael Khodarkovsky

in Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449727
eISBN:
9780801462894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449727.003.0009
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

During 1837–38, Semën Atarshchikov took part in the effort to find and free from captivity the Russian military spy Baron Fedor Tornau, whom he had gotten to know in Tiflis. The emperor himself took ... More


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