Chernigov Governorate

The Chernigov Governorate (Russian: Черниговская губерния; translit.: Chernigovskaya guberniya), also known as the Government of Chernigov, was a guberniya in the historical Left-bank Ukraine region of the Russian Empire, which was officially created in 1802 from the Malorossiya Governorate with an administrative centre of Chernihiv. The Little Russian Governorate was transformed into the General Government of Little Russia and consisted of Chernigov Governorate, Poltava Governorate, and later Kharkov Governorate.

Chernigov Governorate borders are roughly consistent with the modern Chernihiv Oblast, but also included a large section of Sumy Oblast and smaller sections of the Kiev Oblast of Ukraine, in addition to most of the Bryansk Oblast, Russia.

Chernigov Governorate
Черниговская губернія
Governorate of Russian Empire

Coat of arms of Chernigov
Coat of arms
Location of Chernigov
Chernigov Governorate 1903
Capital Chernihiv
 •  Established February 27, 1802 1802
 •  Disestablished August 1, 1918 1918
 •  (1897) 52,396 km2 (20,230 sq mi)
 •  (1897) 2,298,000 
Density 43.9 /km2  (113.6 /sq mi)
Political subdivisions uezds: 15
Today part of Chernihiv Oblast
Kiev Oblast
Bryansk Oblast
Chernigiv gub blank
Chernigov Governorate map

Administrative division

The governorate consisted of 15 uyezds:

  • Borznyansky Uyezd
  • Glukhovsky Uyezd
  • Gorodnyansky Uyezd
  • Kozeletsky Uyezd
  • Konotopsky Uyezd
  • Krolevetsky Uyezd
  • Mglinsky Uyezd
  • Nezhinsky Uyezd
  • Novgorod-Seversky Uyezd
  • Novozybkovsky Uyezd
  • Ostersky Uyezd
  • Sosnitsky Uyezd
  • Starodubsky Uyezd
  • Surazhsky Uyezd
  • Chernigovsky Uyezd

The Chernigov Governorate covered a total area of 52,396 km², and had a population of 2,298,000, according to the 1897 Russian Empire census. In 1914, the population was 2,340,000. In 1918 it became part of Ukraine and transformed into Chernihiv Governorate.

Principal cities

  • Russian Census of 1897
  • Nizhyn – 32,113 (Ukrainian – 21,733, Jewish – 7,578, Russian – 2,366)
  • Chernihiv – 27,716 (Ukrainian – 10,085, Jewish – 8,780, Russian – 7,985)
  • Konotop – 18,770 (Ukrainian – 10,290, Jewish – 4,415, Russian – 3,565)
  • Novozybkov – 15,362 (Russian – 11,055, Jewish – 3,787, Belorussian – 303)
  • Hlukhiv – 14,828 (Ukrainian – 8,621, Jewish – 3,837, Russian – 2,217)
  • Borzna – 12,526 (Ukrainian – 10,846, Jewish – 1,515, Russian – 109)
  • Starodub – 12,381 (Russian – 7,255, Jewish – 4,897, Ukrainian – 133)
  • Krolevets – 10,384 (Ukrainian – 8,328, Jewish – 1,815, Russian – 209)
  • Berezna – 9,922 (Ukrainian – 8,349, Jewish – 1,354, Russian – 144)
  • Novgorod-Seversky – 9,182 (Ukrainian – 4,884, Jewish – 2,941, Russian – 1,296)
  • Mhlyn – 7,640 (Russian – 4,840, Jewish – 2,675, Belorussian – 75)
  • Sosnytsia – 7,087 (Ukrainian – 5,068, Jewish – 1,840, Russian – 158)
  • Korop – 6,262 (Ukrainian – 5,309, Jewish – 865, Russian – 77)
  • Oster – 5,370 (Ukrainian – 3,229, Jewish – 1,596, Russian – 399)
  • Kozelets – 5,141 (Ukrainian – 2,834, Jewish – 1,632, Russian – 468)
  • Pogar – 4,965 (Russian – 3,800, Jewish – 1,159, Germans – 6)
  • Gorodnya – 4,310 (Ukrainian – 2,349, Jewish – 1,248, Russian – 604)
  • Surazh – 4,006 (Jewish – 2,400, Belorussian – 978, Russian – 559)
  • Novoye Mesto – 1,488 (Russian – 1,421, Jewish – 67)


1897 Gov Chernigov ethno
Imperial census of 1897.
  • By the Imperial census of 1897.[1] In bold are languages spoken by more people than the state language.

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ Language Statistics of 1897 Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  2. ^ Languages, number of speakers which in all gubernia were less than 1000

External links

Coordinates: 51°30′00″N 31°18′00″E / 51.5000°N 31.3000°E


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