#Commentary by Miroslav Rudenko on Ukrainian politicians’ absurd attempts to rewrite history
In Kiev, a solemn opening of the monument to the ancient Russian epic hero Ilya Muromets was held. The event was attended by high-ranking officials, including the well-known city mayor Vitaly Klichko.
Pretty predictably, Klichko indicated: “This is our bogatyr, this is our story, which they are trying to steal from us.” In this phrase, either you need to put a dot after the word “history”, or write a denunciation on Mr. Klichko to the Security Service for disseminating propaganda of the “aggressor country” ideology. At the end of 2017 in Ukraine, another ban on the import of books from Russia was introduced. The list includes 20 books, including “Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber (or Solovei the Brigand): Tales about Russian Bogatyrs”. The State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting explained the decision to ban as follows: “Yes, there are mostly children’s fairy tales, but there are still Russian bogatyrs.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Klichko believes that Ilya Muromets was not a Russian bogatyr. And to clarify that the history was common, nobody steals it and does not deny that the Russian people and the descendants of the present residents of Ukraine at that time were united by almost everything imaginable means to turn into a political corpse. By and large, there were no divisions at all. But Ukraine’s policy today is that its authorities have to invent heroes for themselves, to whitewash criminals (Mazepa, Petliura, Bandera, etc.), to attribute to historical personalities the non-existent at that time Ukrainian roots (Anna Yaroslavna).
Well, there was no Ukraine-Rus, and historian Grushevsky himself wrote that this term is artificial and was personally invented by him at the beginning of the twentieth century. What, according to Poroshenko, Ukraine-Rus was baptized by Vladimir then? There were no “ancient Ukrainian” princes, but there were ancient Russian princes. There was a general period in the times of the Soviet Union, common victories, common mistakes and much more.
By the way, Ilya Muromets is the main protagonist – a mighty knight of the princely family of Elijah the Russian – in German epic poems of the 13th century, based on earlier legends. Moreover, the prayer-book has a prayer to the holy Reverend Elijah Murom. “We shall sing a song of praise to the waywode of the Russian land forces, the warrior of the King of Christ and the defender of the Holy Russia, glorious in battles and irresistible in combats, the brave hero Ilya of Murom, as he defends us, those who are calling: “Rejoice, Reverend Father Ilya, the glorious defender of the Russian land,” these words are repeated many times by the Orthodox in their prayers.
In fact, it’s very good that in Kiev a monument to a hero of old times appeared. And the information nonsense, which was accompanied by the opening ceremony, is not worth a penny, and it certainly does not belong in history.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy