Siberian Chronicles
The Siberian Chronicles are the Russia
Russia or , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects...

n chronicle
Generally a chronicle is a historical account of facts and events ranged in chronological order, as in a time line. Typically, equal weight is given for historically important events and local events, the purpose being the recording of events that occurred, seen from the perspective of the...

s of the late 16th - 18th centuries on the history of Siberia
History of Siberia
The early history of Siberia is greatly influenced by the sophisticated nomadic civilizations of the Scythians and Xiongnu , both flourishing before the Christian era. The steppes of South Siberia saw a succession of nomadic empires, including the Turkic Empire and the Mongol Empire...

. They include the Yesipov Chronicle
Yesipov Chronicle
The Yesipov Chronicle is one of the Siberian Chronicles, dedicated to the memory of Yermak. It was compiled in 1636 by Savva Yesipov, a podyachy of the Siberian archbishop Nectarius....

, Kungur Chronicle
Kungur Chronicle
The Kungur Chronicle, also known as the Kungur Chronicler and Brief Siberian Kungur Chronicle is one of the Siberian Chronicles, written in the late 16th century by one of Yermak's companions during his Siberian campaign.The full version of the Kungur Chronicle did not...

, Remezov Chronicle
Remezov Chronicle
The Remezov Chronicle is one of the Siberian Chronicles, compiled by a Russian historian Semyon Remezov in the late 17th century....

, Stroganov Chronicle
Stroganov Chronicle
The Stroganov Chronicle, also known under the name "On Capturing of the Siberian Land" is one of the earliest Siberian Chronicles....

, and others. These chronicles represent a valuable source on the early history of the Russian Siberia
Siberia is an extensive region constituting almost all of Northern Asia. Comprising the central and eastern portion of the Russian Federation, it was part of the Soviet Union from its beginning, as its predecessor states, the Tsardom of Russia and the Russian Empire, conquered it during the 16th...

. Some of the chronicles were compiled later, such as Записки к Сибирской истории служащие (Notes, Dedicated to the History of Siberia) and Новая Сибирская летопись (New Siberian Chronicle) by I.Cherepanov, Летопись г. Иркутска с 1652 г. до наших дней (Chronicle of the City of Irkutsk
Irkutsk is a city and the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, one of the largest cities in Siberia. Population: .-History:In 1652, Ivan Pokhabov built a zimovye near the site of Irkutsk for gold trading and for the collection of fur taxes from the Buryats. In 1661, Yakov Pokhabov...

 from 1652 to present day) by P.Pezhemsky, Краткая летопись Енисейского и Туруханского края Енисейской губернии (A Brief Chronicle of the Yenisey and Turukhansk
Turukhansk is a village in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. It is located 1474 km north of Krasnoyarsk, at the confluence of the Yenisei and Lower Tunguska rivers. The Turukhan River joins the Yenisei about 20 km northwest. Population: 4,849 ; 8,900 ; 200...

Krai or kray was a type of an administrative division in the Russian Empire and the Russian SFSR, and is one of the types of the federal subjects of modern Russia ....

s of the Yenisey Guberniya
A guberniya was a major administrative subdivision of the Russian Empire usually translated as government, governorate, or province. Such administrative division was preserved for sometime upon the collapse of the empire in 1917. A guberniya was ruled by a governor , a word borrowed from Latin ,...

) (1594–1893) by A.I.Kytmanov. Altogether, there are more than forty known Siberian Chronicles.
The questions of origins and authenticity of the Siberian Chronicles were dealt with in different ways by the Russian historiographers. The traditional scheme of development of the Siberian chronicle-writing was proposed by Sergei Bakhrushin. He thought that Yermak
Yermak Timofeyevich
Yermak Timofeyevich , Cossack leader, Russian folk hero and explorer of Siberia. His exploration of Siberia marked the beginning of the expansion of Russia towards this region and its colonization...

's companions compiled the so called Написание, како приидоша в Сибирь... (Notes on How We Came to Siberia) in 1621, which didn't survive to this day. Based on these notes, they compiled the so called Синодик Тобольского собора in 1622, or Synodikon of the Tobolsk
Tobolsk is a town in Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located at the confluence of the Tobol and Irtysh Rivers. It is a historic capital of Siberia. Population: -History:...

A cathedral is a Christian church that contains the seat of a bishop...

 (синодик, from the Greek
Greek language
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 word synodikón, which means a list of the dead submitted to church for remembrance in prayer). A chronicler Savva Yesipov compiled his own chronicle in 1636 based on the Notes... and Synodikon. In mid-17th century, they compiled the Stroganov Chronicle based on the Notes... and archive
An archive is a collection of historical records, or the physical place they are located. Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of an organization...

s of the Stroganovs
The Stroganovs or Strogonovs , also spelled in French manner as Stroganoffs, were a family of highly successful Russian merchants, industrialists, landowners, and statesmen of the 16th – 20th centuries who eventually earned nobility.-Origins:...

, which has no immediate connection with the Yesipov Chronicle. In the late 16th - second half of the 17th century, they compiled the Kungur Chronicle based on verbal narrations of Yermak's companions and folklore
Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales and customs that are the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The study of folklore is sometimes called...

of the late 16th century. The Remezov Chronicle was compiled in the late 17th century. Around that time, the so called Описание Новые Земли Сибирского государства (Description of the New Lands of the Siberian State) was written by Nikifor Venyukov.
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