The Bogatyr was a mediaeval Russian heroic warrior, comparable to the western European 'knight errant'. The word was first mentioned in a book published in 1585. This company, formed 1910, was one of the first to carry out work for a synthetic rubber. Since rubber cannot grow in Russia, there was a great demand for a good substitute. Bogatyr established an experimental laboratory. The name suggests it may have developed and sold products from imported natural rubber also.