Slavyansk-na-Kubani is a town in Krasnodar Krai
Krasnodar Krai
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, Russia
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, located in the Kuban
Kuban River
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 river delta
River delta
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. Population: 56,000 (1975).

Slavyansk originated in the Middle Ages
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 as Copa or Coparia, a Genoese
Republic of Genoa
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 trade outpost controlled by the Ghisolfi
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 family. After the fall of the Genoese power in the Pontic region, the site was abandoned until 1747 when the Khanate of Crimea erected a small fort, known in Russian sources as Kopyl.

After the conquest of Taman by the Russian Empire
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, the Tatar fort gave way to the Cossack stanitsa
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of Kopylskaya. In 1865, it was renamed after the Slavyansky regiment that had been quartered there under Catherine the Great. In 1958, it was incorporated as the town of Slavyansk-na-Kubani (so called in order to distinguish it from the eponymous city
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 in Ukraine
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Modern Slavyansk is a small and rather run-down resort with a struggling oil industry. The Assumption Cathedral (1904-07) is the sole building of historical interest.
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