Staunton, October 10 – Russian statehood today is the direct and logical successor of the political system set up by the Mongol khans, according to a new book by a Khakass historian that systematizes arguments others have made on this point earlier but in a way that has sparked a sharp debate in the Russian blogosphere.
A major reason for that is that its author is a member of a Turkic nationality which descends from the Golden Horde. In that, he resembles the Kazakh Olzhas Suleymanov, whose 1976 volume “Az i Ya,” a study of the Mongol conquest from the Mongol rather than the Russian perspective, generated so much controversy earlier
Last spring, Gennady Tyundeshev (Kharlamoos), a scholar at the Institute of History and Law at Khakhas State University, published a book entitled The Great Khan Baty – Founder of Russian Statehood (in Russian; Minusinsk, 2013; ISBN 978-5-9903950; 1000 copies; partial text available at tengrifund.ru/wp-content/library-tengrifund/Velikii%20Khan%20Batyi.pdf).
Tyundeshev argues, according to the Tolkovatel blog, that “the administration of Russia up to now is carried out according to a System set up in the Golden Horde” and that this involves a combination of the values of “Confucian legality” and “submission to the Boss” (ttolk.ru/?p=18852