Dobrush was known since the XVI century as a village in Gomel region, Rechitsa district, in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
In 1834 Prince I. F. Paskevich bought Gomel estate, including Dobrush; in 1870 his successors established a paper mill (1900 — 835 workers, 1913 — 1300 workers). Since 1903 a group of Russian Social-Democratic Worker's Party acted there, and since 1912 another politic group, connected with Bolsheviks in the 4th State Duma, functioned in the town.
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