In July, 1803 Alexander I appointed duke Volkonsky, general of cavalry, Orenburg military governor. This Volkonsky became inspector of Orenburg inspection, in addition, he was charged with the responsibility of management of the civil part in Orenburg province. In 1804-1805 the military governor twice inspected Orenburg province and the troops entrusted to him. During his activity as Orenburg military governor, duke Volkonsky compiled "Record about the number of the Kirghiz from 3 Hordes, with an indication of their dynasty and trade". The source was an attempt to find out the number of dynasty, groups, the Kazakh families of all Hordes and their trade relations with the neighboring nations.
By Arman SULEIMENOV
Translated by Raushan MAKHMETZHANOVA
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