Kiev Viceroyalty (Russian: Киевское наместничество, romanizedKiyevskoye namestnichestvo) was an administrative-territorial unit (namestnichestvo) of the Russian Empire, which existed in 1781–1796. It was created in the process of Catherine's reforms initiated by edict of November 7, 1775.

Kiev Viceroyalty
Киевское наместничество
Viceroyalty of Russian Empire

Kiev Viceroyalty map from 1792
• Established
7 November 1781
• Disestablished
30 November 1796
Political subdivisionsuyezds: 11
okrugs: 10 (from 1791)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kiev Governorate (1708–1764)
Little Russia Governorate (1764–1781)
Kiev Governorate
Little Russia Governorate (1796–1802)



On September 16, 1781, an edict was issued to transform the governorate into a viceroyalty,[1][2][3][4] with the effective date of January 9, 1782.[2] The viceroyalty was subdivided into the following counties (uyezds):[2]

Note that some sources state that the towns of Khorol and Gorodishche were included without their districts.[5]

In 1789, Gorodishche county was transferred to the Yekaterinoslav Governorate. In 1791, the Kiev Viceroyalty was subdivided into ten okrugs,[2] and in early 1790s additional districts (uyezds) of Bohuslav, Gadyach, Kaniv, Zinkiv, Korsun, and Lokhvytsia were added.[5]

On June 4, 1782, the coat of arms of Kiev was officially approved, which de facto became a coat of arms of the viceroyalty. According to the description, Archangel Michael was to be dressed in silver holding up an aglow sword, depicted on an azure shield.[6]



Governor-generals (viceroys)


Viceroyalty governors



  1. ^ Сергей Тархов, "Изменение административно-территориального деления России в XIII-XX в." (pdf), Логос, No. 1 2005 (46), сс. 65–101, ISSN 0869-5377
  2. ^ a b c d Иван Фундуклей. "Статистическое описание Киевской Губернии", Часть I. Санкт-Петербург, 1852. (Ivan Fundukley. Statistical Description of Kiev Governorate. St. Petersburg, 1852)
  3. ^ "Киевская область". Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  4. ^ Справка: Административно-территориальное деление России XVIII-XX веков, Отечественные записки, № 6 (7) (2002)
  5. ^ a b Гербы украинских земель в составе Российской империи
  6. ^ ПСЗ, т. XXI, №15423, cited through Гербы украинских земель в составе Российской империи