FROM PETER THE GREAT TO LENIN
The wages of workers employed in the Siberian gold mines, and the conditions of work there, were even worse. The workman received only from 60 to 70 per cent. of his wages in money, the remaining 30 to 40 per cent. being paid in kind from the stores attached to the mines. The majority of the workmen were usually in debt to the stores, which charged them exorbitant prices: II per cent. above the market price for tea, 21 per cent. for tobacco and from 28 to 33 per cent. for flour. Manufactured goods brought from the European part of Russia were priced at 50 per cent., and even more, above their market prices.