Moscow Narodny Bank (Moscow)

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Moscow Narodny Bank was established under the Articles of Association approved by the Ministry of Finance on March 3, 1911 (Published in the Collection of Edicts and Executive Orders of the Government of Russia on September 29, 1911). It was opened in Moscow on May 9, 1912.

The idea of setting up such a bank occurred at the First All-Russian Convention of Representatives of Cooperative Establishments in 1908 and was endorsed afterwards by annual conventions of cooperators.

The purpose of setting-up and operation of the Moscow Narodny Bank was determined as follows: “to deliver monetary funds to small loan institutions and all kinds of cooperative enterprises in order to ease their turnovers”.

The Management located in Moscow was designated as the Bank governing body, and the function of the controlling body was allocated to the Board. Capital assets of the Bank amounted to 1 million rubles upon its founding and 4 million rubles in 1917.

The original building of the Bank was located at Myasnitskaya Street in Moscow. In 1912 the office at Bolshaya Dmitrovka in the house No.4 opened its doors for the large public. Branches of the Bank were set up in all district towns of the Moscow Government.

Since 1912 Moscow Narodny Bank has become the major mortgage lending facilitator in Russia and has been at the head of the small loan institution system.

Moscow Narodny Bank had 12 branches, agencies and commission offices in different towns and cities of European Russia, Siberia, Far East and Caucasus, including Petrograd, Vladivostok, Perm, Tiflis (Tbilisi), Irkutsk, Samarkand, Tashkent and Bukhara.

The Bank agencies were established in London (1915) and New York (1916). In 1916 London agency was reorganized into a fully valid subsidiary.

By 1916 the Bank turnover had increased up to 1.2 million rubles.


On October 18, 1919, London subsidiary was reorganized into an independent bank Moscow Narodny Bank Limited acting in accordance with the English Law.

Moscow Narodny Bank was announced to be a public ownership under the Decree of All-Russian Central Executive Committee of December 14, 1917 On Bank Nationalization.

Nationalization of Moscow Narodny Bank was executed by the Executive Order of the People’s Finance Committee of December 2, 1918, whereupon the Bank was reorganized into a special cooperative department of the People’s Bank of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

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