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Darugha (Bashkir: даруга, Tatar: Cyrillic даруга, Latin daruğa) was a territorial subdivision in the Mongol Empire. A darugha was ruled by darughachi.

Later the term was used for the province, particularly in Kazan and the Siberian Khanates in the 15th-16th centuries; and finally in the Turkic-populated parts of the Russian Empire in 16th-18th centuries.[1] In Safavid Persia, it was a title meaning prefect. For example, one of the many Safavid darughas was Mirman Mirimanidze.

In 1762, the Bashkir people controlled the Kazan Darugha, the Nogai Darugha, the Osin Darugha, and the Siberian Darugha.[2]

In the Mughal Empire of South Asia, darugha was the title of the district police officer. This title was kept until the 20th century during the British Raj.


  1. (Tatar) "Даруга". Tatar Encyclopaedia. Kazan: The Republic of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences. Institution of the Tatar Encyclopaedia. 2002.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rychkov Petr Ivanovich: "Topography of Orenburg" Russia St. Petersburg, 1762 page 93