: Славеносрбија or Slavenosrbija
, archaic Serbian name: Славено-Сербія) was a territory of Imperial Russia
. It was located by the right bank of the Donets River
between the Bakhmut
(Бахмут) and Lugan
(Лугань) rivers, which constitutes the territories of present-day Luhansk Oblast
and Rostov Oblast
. The administrative centre of Slavo-Serbia was Slovianoserbsk
By the decree of the Senate
of May 29
, the free lands of this area were offered for settlement to Serbs
and other Balkan
peoples of Orthodox Christian
denomination in order to ensure frontier protection and development of this part of Southern steppes
Slavo-Serbia was directly governed by Russia's Governing Senate. The settlers eventually formed the Bakhmut hussar regiment in 1764. Also in 1764, Slavo-Serbia was transformed into the Donets uyezd of Yekaterinoslav Governorate (now in Dnipropetrovs'ka oblast', Ukraine).
The province had ethnically diverse population that included Serbs, Vlachs, Hungarians, Macedonians, and others. In 1755, the population of Slavo-Serbia numbered 1,513 inhabitants (of both genders), while in 1763, the population numbered 3,992 male inhabitants, of whom only 378 were Serbs.
- Mita Kostić, Nova Srbija i Slavenosrbija, Novi Sad, 2001.
- Pavel Rudjakov, Seoba Srba u Rusiju u 18. veku, Beograd, 1995.
- Olga M. Posunjko, Istorija Nove Srbije i Slavenosrbije, Novi Sad, 2002.