First finds of linum fibres in the territory of Russia belong to VI century b.c. The excavations were discovered in the areas of Trans-Dniester and the Dnieper region. With the beginning of new era the development of flax growing reached the North of the country. In north areas in the riversides of Volga, Sheksna and Volchova flax growing started to spread.
In III-IV centuries the craft started to develop in the territory of Yaroslavskaya and Kostromskaya regions, in VI-X centuries almost in Ladoga and Onega areas. To X century flax growing was developed enough to grow for sale.
After three centuries the masters started to export linum fabric for sale to Western Europe.
In central areas the craft started to be popular in XVIII century. Beyond domestic industry started to develop a big manufacturing transformation of linum.
In XVIII century the linum was the most exportable good. In the end of forties it was a crisis in linum industry. After two centuries lost positions were managed to be save. Gross area was increased because of the crises cotton growing in the USA. Prices in raw were increased in two times. Unfortunately it was a temporary phenomenon. However cultivated areas continued to grow. The reasons of it were the circumstances of abolition of serfage. Burdened by taxes and imposts peasants were forced to work for landlords for a scanty fee. Also the building of railways promoted the rise of cultivated areas in non black earth zones in Russia.
The extension of sowing has resulted in extension of the fibre export. Sowings in Western Europe were shorten. Russia became the major importer of linum fibre in the world.
The extension of sowing badly showed up in the development of feed crop. The extension of feed crop has resulted in extension of cattle breeding. The extension of fertilizer, crops and the rise of taxes. Peasants trying to earn, rented earth for flax growing.
Subsequently instead of renting the earth, peasants started to leave their homes and depart to new areas with their families. At the same time conditions of marketing became worse, the prices in raw were increased. Linum became the object of speculation.