TURKISH PRISONERS OF WAR IN THE BELGOROD PROVINCE
DURING THE RUSSIAN-TURKISH WAR OF 1768-74
Vitalii V. Poznakhirev
Smolny Institute, Russian Academy of Education (St. Petersburg)
This article examines the role of the Belgorod Province in the evacuation and internment of enemy POWs during the Russian-Turkish War of 1768–74. The author quantifies the number of the POWs, indicates their quartering sites and placement difficulties; examines financial, material, and other questions regarding their provision, and explores their daily lived experience. He concludes that the Belgorod Province authorities made a significant contribution to the improvement of both the process and legislative framework for the naturalization of former Turkish prisoners in Russia.
Keywords: Russian-Turkish War, Belgorod Province, prisoners of war, the Turks, internment, provision, prisoner transfer, naturalization.