Ukrainian Suggestion that Russia Should be Called Muscovy Infuriates Russians
June 24 – Even though Russian officials and commentators have felt free to call
Ukraine and Ukrainians other names, the suggestion by Ukrainian writer Larisa
Nitsa that Russia should be called Muscovy has sparked outrage among Russians –
even though Muscovy is a more historical term for what is now Russia than many
terms Russians now use for Ukraine.
of Ukraine should “apply to the Russian Federation the historical name ‘Muscovy
since the term ‘Rus’ was stolen from the Ukrainians by the Russians,” Ukrainian
writer Larisa Nitsoi says.Moreover, she
continues, the tsars had to impose the name Russia on reluctant Muscovites (obozrevatel.com/society/larisa-nitsoj.htm).
you know how they became Russians?” she asks rhetorically. The Russian tsars
first stole the name ‘Rus’ from us. They were at the time Muscovites. Rus is
ours. It’s as if someone stole the house of your parents and then you say that
the owners are those who did the stealing,” Nitsa continues.
in Ukraine are in fact “’Russians,’” she tells an interviewer. “You and I are Russians;
they are Muscovites. The Muscovite stardom by order of Peter I called itself
Rus. Just imagine if Germany woke up today, and France had issued an order
specifying that we now are Germany. This is the same nonsense!”
Nitsa recalls, “the Muscovites continued to call themselves Muscovites,”
forcing Catherine II to issue a decree – all Muscovites who call themselves
Muscovites will be piteously beaten. This is a historic fact; it can be
confirmed in museums! As a result, the Muscovites wer called and forced to call
things anger those who call themselves Russians now than anyone who calls
attention to some of the problematic aspects of their history, their names or
the name of their language. And not surprisingly, Nitsa’s remarks sparked an
immediate and universally negative response in the Russian Federation.