The Novgorod veche


Just what is the Novgorodian Assembly? It is a legislative body that can be compared to the modern-day State Duma. In Novgorod the highest authority of power was the people’s assembly, which was called the «Veche».

Just what is the Novgorodian Assembly? It is a legislative body that can be compared to the modern-day State Duma. In Novgorod the highest authority of power was the people’s assembly, which was called the «Veche». There citizens discussed the most important issues concerning domestic and foreign policies – questions such as the crowning and expulsion of princes, instances of war and peace and unions with other states. Nowadays there is a bright theatrical show of the same name taking place in Veliky Novgorod. The modern Novgorodian «Veche» helps guests to immerse themselves in the past. There tourists can see how the old «Novgorodka» coin was minted, taste classic Novgorodian cuisine and try on outfits boyars once wore.