Re: understanding Russian language passport #belarus #russia #translation

Alan Shuchat

This appears to be an internal passport rather than one for crossing an international border. Every subject in the Russian Empire was registered at a particular location (not necessarily the place of residence) and in a social class or estate. Someone who traveled beyond the place of registration was required to have an internal passport. In this passport, Mikhel' Shimelevich Kaplan is described as a meshchanin (townsperson, petit bourgeois) of the Svir Jewish community. The passport is valid for one year. It contains the date April 25, 1894, which I think is when it was issued but it might be when it expires.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

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