MN Tikhomirov wrote that you can not understand the great influence on the political events of the guests, rejecting the existence of their merchants' unions. But if the very fact of the existence of merchant organizations surozhan sukonnikov and uncontroversial, the question of whether they have special privileges far can not be resolved in the affirmative on the available data. Influence of guests on political events, as far as we can judge this by source, sometimes developed in a direction opposite to the interests of even the Grand Duke, - recall the activities Nekomata Surozhanina of conspiracy against Basil Moscow visitors Dark and the loan provided by the Grand Duke sukonnikami opponents. It is hard to imagine that in these conditions the princely power was interested in providing merchant associations privileged legal status. Rather, it can be assumed the opposite, since the tip of the city merged with the boyar aristocracy, tysyatskih supported in their struggle against the increasing power of the Grand Duke, as the princely power was to pursue a policy of narrowing the urban elite and the subordination of the rights it currently.