Peasants' Land Bank

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Portrait of Nikolai Bunge (1887), founder of the bank.

The Peasants' Land Bank (Russian: Крестьянский поземельный банк) was a financial institution of the Russian Empire founded during their reign of Tsar Alexander III, by his Minister of Finance, Nikolai Bunge. He created the Peasants' Land Bank in 1883 to help peasants purchase their own farms. By 1904 it had become so successful that 1/3 of the nobility's land had been bought by peasants.[citation needed] Bunge also abolished the Poll Tax, which was only paid for by peasants, in 1886, which helped to reduce the financial burden the peasants faced.

Banks began operations in April 1883, with nine branches. In 1888 its activity was extended to include the Kingdom of Poland; by 1891 it had thirty-nine branches.

Each bank was managed by a council consisting of: a manager; an assistant manager; three others appointed by the Ministry of Finance; and a final member representing the Ministry of Agriculture.

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