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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part VII

Dear Readers: Today we can end this educational series with a few final confidence tricks employed by the Russian Tsars, to engorge their coffers. First on the list is a creative con is known as the Pauper’s Play.  This may … Continue reading

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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part VI

Dear Readers: In yesterday’s installment, Giles Fletcher taught us about a major grift operated by the Tsars of his time.  And this scheme is phenomenal:  Starting with Ivan the Terrible (maybe even his dad), the Muscovite Tsars had figured out … Continue reading

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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part V

Dear Readers: Well, yesterday we had a whale of a time discussing revenue streams and various monopolies enjoyed by our “betters”, namely the aristocracy.  But now it is time to move on to other “legitimate” revenue streams enjoyed by the … Continue reading

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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part IV

Dear Readers: Yesterday we discussed one the Russian Tsar’s revenue streams which go into the overall Ledger entry “Bolshoi Prikhod” or “Big Revenue”.  Namely, the monopoly on taverns and liquor.  Giles Fletcher the Elder lays out with the precision of … Continue reading

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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part III

Dear Readers: In my previous post I laid the poetic foundation for one of the Tsar’s most lucrative schemes and showed how his monopoly on taverns wreaked havoc on the common people, forced to drink against their will! Commenter Svolochenko … Continue reading

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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part II

А и горе, горе, гореваньице А и горе, горе, гореваньице! А и в горе жить — некручинну быть, Нагому ходить — не стыдитися, А и денег нету — перед деньгами, Появилась гривна — перед злыми дни! Не бывать плешатому кудрявому, … Continue reading

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More Giles Fletcher: The Grifter Tsars – Part I

Dear Readers: It’s time for more Giles Fletcher the Elder – yay!  So, this is my review of Chapter XII in Fletcher’s treatise.  Recall that Giles wrote a book in 1591 called “Of the Russe Commonwealth”.  Englishman Giles, who traveled … Continue reading

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