Добро пожаловать на сайт посвященый старинному поселению "Добрянка", основанному русскими старообрядцами в 1706 году на севере Черниговщины. Welcome to the website dedicated to the ancient settlement Dobrianka founded by Russian Old Believers in 1706 to the north of Chernigov.

During the late 17th and early 18th centuries many people moved to the region disputed by Russia and Poland now divided between three states - Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine. After the war between Russia and Poland ended in 1667 with the signing Treaty of Andrussovo the region was gradually populated by the Russian “Old Believers” persecuted for their religious convictions. Polish landlords offered some protection to the refugees attracted also by dense forests and deep marshes. So, they founded the settlement named Vetka on the Polish territory using it as a platform for further regional expansion. Finally they crossed the Polish-Russian border and in 1706 founded Dobrianka on Russian territory. Onisim Safronov was the father founder of Dobrianka obtaining the permission to settle there from the archimandrite Varlaam, head of the Chernigov Trinity-Iliinsky Monastery, owner of the land. The famous Ekaterininsky road stretching from the Black Sea to Saint Petersburg passed through Dobrianka. The place was visited by famous artists, statesmen, adventurers… such as Alexander Puskin, Taras Shevchenko, Nikolay Gogol, Evgeny Grebenka, Russian Emperors Nicholas I and Alexander II, Emelian Pugachev…