Putin’s ‘appropriation’ of medieval Ukrainian princess reflects more than historical arrogance

Anna of Kyiv, Queen of France (born 1024/25 or 1032 in Kyiv, died after 1075) was daughter of Yaroslav the Wise of Kyivan Rus and queen consort of Henry I of France, and regent of France during the minority of her son, Philip I of France, from 1060 until 1065. Art medal (bronze) by Suzanne Aubert, 1980 (Paris Mint).

Anna of Kyiv, Queen of France (born 1024/25 or 1032 in Kyiv, died after 1075) was daughter of Yaroslav the Wise of Kyivan Rus and queen consort of Henry I of France, and regent of France during the minority of her son, Philip I of France, from 1060 until 1065. Art medal (bronze) by Suzanne Aubert, 1980 (Paris Mint). 

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In Paris, Vladimir Putin said that “the enlightened French public knows about the Russian Anna, queen of France, the younger daughter of our Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise who was the wife of Henry I and who made a significant contribution to the development of France being one of the founders of a minimum of two European dynasties.”

Dmytro Shymkiv, the deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, responded on Facebook by pointing out:

“My dear French friends, the Russian president has tried to confuse you: Anna of Kyiv, the queen of France, was from Kyiv and not from Moscow.” Indeed, “at that time, Moscow didn’t even exist.”

A Ukrainian writer, Oksana Zabuzhko, went further and explained what Putin was about. He “knows his intended audience perfectly well,” she wrote. The French don’t connect Anna with ancient Kyiv or Rus: they connect her with Russia, the result of long efforts by Moscow to “appropriate” someone who doesn’t belong to it.

Now is the time, she continued, for the Ukrainian government and its foreign ministry to call Putin on this, to point out to the French and everyone else that Putin is prepared to lie and to “cynically” seize a historical personage just as he seized Crimea. “I hope that our diplomats will find an elegant way to do this, she concluded.

But a Russian commentator, Dmitry Shagiakhmetov, may have come closest to explaining why Putin said what he did. Putin, the Moscow writer said, “feels himself up to now to be the Communist Party general secretary and the leader of the USSR.” For him, everything that was part of that empire is part of his.

Editor: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin addressed the issue next day in the following tweet:


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  • zorbatheturk

    Typical Russkiys – have no history of their own, so they try to steal somebody else’s!

    • RedSquareMaidan

      It truly is a sickness to claim the Rus as being Russian. I suppose it is the result of centuries of propaganda and book burning.

    • gmab

      It was Catherine the Great (a Prussian) who was so embarrassed by Russia’s barbaric history & Mongol roots that she purposely re-wrote all of their history so that she would fit in better with Europe. She built all the European styled palaces and monuments and forced culture upon the uneducated barbarians.

      • zorbatheturk

        A wasted effort, unfortunately. And noone could be less civilized than Josif Stalin!

  • Dirk Smith
  • Mykola Banderachuk

    russia – a fake country steals another country’s history because they do not have a history themselves.

    • zorbatheturk

      They have bandit DNA.

  • Espen Solheim

    The shape is Anna of Kyiv on the medallion resembles​ a Thor’s hammer.

  • Tony

    Let’s poke fun at Russia here by applying Russian arguments to similar situations:
    1. London is an American city
    2. English queens& kings before American independence are Americans.
    3. Modern day Italy has a weaker claim to the Roman empire than one its backwater colonies because Italy merely ‘appeared on the territory of the Roman empire centuries latter’.
    4. Likewise, Cyprus had a stronger historical claim to the Ottoman empire than modern day Turkey.

    Furthermore, the critical mind wonders why russians don’t claim Mongolian history as their own? Why not claim Genghis Khan as their own? Russia is a half breed between Mongolia’s hordes and Kievan-Rus after all and the skin color of many Russians proves it. Why does half breed russia think it even has a serious historical claim to Kievan-Rus? One would think they would write their own history as the Americans have post-independence but evidently they can’t deal with reality.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    A growing number of modern experts in linguistics have concluded that the colloquial language used in Kyiv and surrounding areas during and after Volodymyr the Great of Kyivan Rus’ was much closer to the Ukrainian or even Belarusian languages than it was to the Russian language (Note: As an example, the name Volodymyr or Vladimir was pronounced as Volodymer). As for the Russians, they evolved primarily from the Northeastern Slavic tribes who to some extent intermingled with the Mongol Horde which invaded the region circa 1240 AD. So what do the putinistas have to crow about? Anna the Princess of Kyivan Rus’ (and later Queen of France) did not speak in a language used by the Northeastern tribes nor could she be described in any way as being Russian. If anything, she was a Rusyn or Rusynian or Ruthenian and her descendants from the Kyiv Region as well as those from Halych and Volyn became known as Ukrainians. As for Putin and people of his ilk, they can twist history in any way they want but they can never change the truth and all that it may imply.

    • Andrew Chmile

      “As for the Russians, they evolved primarily from the Northeastern Slavic
      tribes who to some extent intermingled with the Mongol Horde which
      invaded the region circa 1240 AD.”

      There were **NO** “Northeastern Slavic
      tribes” there ….. ONLY Finno-Ugric mongoloidols…. STUPID!

      Do a better job of being a TROLL — stupid!

    • Andrew Chmile

      “Anna the Princess of Kyivan Rus’ (and later Queen of France) did not
      speak in a language used by the Northeastern tribes nor could she be
      described in any way as being Russian.”

      THERE WERE NO “Northeastern tribes” (SLAVIC TRIBES) THERE —- STUPID PAID LYING RUSKI TROLL!!!

      https://onsizzle.com/i/when-you-are-dead-you-dont-know-that-youre-dead-all-7704319

  • WorldCommenter

    How about her sisters that were married to the Kings of Norway and Hungary?