Hlukhiv Articles

Hlukhiv Articles. An agreement in 27 points signed on 16 March 1669 in Hlukhiv by the newly elected hetman of Left-Bank Ukraine, Demian Mnohohrishny, and representatives of Muscovy, defining the political and legal relations between Left-Bank Ukraine and Muscovy. The accord, which replaced the Moscow Articles of 1665 signed by Hetman Ivan Briukhovetsky, was influenced by the serious unrest in Ukraine. The agreement began by guaranteeing the Ukrainian ‘rights and liberties’ spelled out in the Pereiaslav Treaty of 1654. It further specified that Muscovite voivodes were to be maintained in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Nizhyn, Pereiaslav, and Oster, although they could no longer interfere in local government, and it set the number of registered Cossacks at 30,000. The hetman was not given the right to maintain foreign relations, but was given some responsibility over financial affairs. The Hlukhiv Articles were published in ‘Istochniki malorossiiskoi istorii,’ no. 1, Chteniia v Imperatorskom obshchestve istorii i drevnostei rossiiskikh (1858), edited by Dmytro Bantysh-Kamensky.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1989).]

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