Galagan, Hnat, b ?, d 1748 in Pryluky. In 1706 he was elected colonel at the Zaporozhian Sich and served under Ivan Mazepa as a colonel of a mercenary regiment. In 1708 he joined the side of Peter I against Mazepa. On 14 May 1709 he helped the Russian army to raze the Zaporozhian Sich, for which he was generously rewarded by the tsar. He served as colonel of Chyhyryn (1709–14) and Pryluky (1714–39) and was known as a careerist and oppressive exploiter of peasants.
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1989).]
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