The Russian tobacco has a complex history.His rebuke, legalized again veto the trade, distribution and use.Track all the vicissitudes of this story is now no longer possible, but there are some details that have survived to the present day.

Tobacco in Russia

In Russia tobacco first appeared in the sixteenth century.Under Ivan the Terrible, he began to fall in Moscow, together with mercenaries, interventionists and Cossacks.Especially during the Troubles.In many ways, this assistance rendered and English merchants.In those days there were no special laws for the sale and consumption of tobacco.Only 50 years after the Troubles under the influence of the Church of tobacco was banned. Perhaps if retain the death penalty for smoking in Russia there would be no problems with tobacco.

especially cruel to smokers was a king Michael Fedorovich.And the reasons he had, as in 1634 in Moscow there was a big fire caused by smokers.For these and other reasons, smoking was considered a serious offense, which is punishable by death.However, it was not always.

One time when Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, attracted by the big economic benefits from the tobacco trade, tobacco, got the green light.The king decided to legalize the "devilish potion", but only for three years.Against such an initiative was made by Patriarch Nikon himself, has achieved ban.

However, the death penalty was replaced by corporal punishment.Smokers publicly flogged whip and drove to the ridicule of the crowd on a goat.If this sin is repeated, the offender referred to a distant city, but for a reason.First he tore the nostrils or cut the nose, which is similar to a punishment escaped convict.

seriousness of anti-tobacco company was assigned to the Cathedral and the Code of 1649, where the "infernal potion" devoted a dozen points.Tobacco was considered a mortal sin, since the only way the national Satan himself could breathe the smoke from his mouth, that is, it was an act of impure incense.

legendary tobacco

course, not without its folklore, dedicated to tobacco.According to one version it began smoking at the funeral of his mother trait.From acute smoke all began to cry, the devil liked it.Since then, the potion was ascribed to evil spirits. superstitious ignorant people will not soon become accustomed to tobacco, considering all the machinations of evil forces.

According to another version, the devil even planted tobacco for the first time in his garden.At the plant he came across the doctor Tremikur and distributed it to the Hellenistic kingdom.What God has cursed and tobacco, and closed all the gates of the kingdom of heaven smokers.But even such a penalty could not keep the Russians from addiction to smoking in its current scope.