Slovo (Lviv)

Slovo (Lviv) (Word). A newspaper of politics, literature, and current affairs, published in Lviv semiweekly in 1861–72 and then three times a week until 1887. The editor was B. Didytsky (1861–71) and then Venedykt Ploshchansky. Initially Slovo published articles and literary works in the Galician vernacular and was funded by Mykhailo Kachkovsky and Metropolitan Hryhorii Yakhymovych. From the mid-1860s, however, it was the main organ of the Russophile movement in Galicia, and published only in the artificial yazychiie. From 1867 to 1870 it issued a biweekly journal, Halychanyn (1867–70). From 1876 it was subsidized by the tsarist government, which it openly supported. Slovo published political commentaries and literary and historical works. It remains a valuable source for the study of 19th-century Galicia, especially the Russophile movement. Frequent censorship and confiscations by the Austrian authorities and a steady loss of subscribers forced the paper's eventual closure.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

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