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Veche (, , , , , , ) was a popular assembly in medieval Slavic countries, and in late medieval period.

In Novgorod, where the veche acquired the greatest prominence, the veche was broadly similar to the Norse thing or the Swiss Landsgemeinde.


The word is inherited from Proto-Slavic *větje , meaning 'council' or 'talk' (which is also represented in the word "soviet", both ultimately deriving from Proto-Slavic verbal stem of *větiti 'to talk, speak'). The semantic derivation that yields the meaning of the word under consideration is parallel to that of parliament. The contemporary words svedeniya () and svidchennya () both meaning "information" are cognates of this word.


The East Slavic veche is thought to have originated in tribal assemblies of Eastern Europe, thus predating the Rus' state.The earliest mentions of veche in East European chronicles refer to...
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