Last Updated on March 13, 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to legally change Russia’s name to Muscovy and has reportedly directed Ukraine’s Prime Minister to begin taking steps to do so after an online petition supporting the measure garnered 25,000 signatures. Changing Russian place names has been part of a Ukrainian government-backed program since at least 2016 when the open neo-Nazis who overthrew Ukraine’s pro-Russia government with the backing of George Soros and Barack Obama first began the process of “de-Russification.”
Ukrainian President Zelensky recently directed Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal to “carefully” consider officially changing the name of Russia to Muscovy under Ukrainian law and to investigate what issues the name change could cause for Ukraine if it goes through. It should be noted that this change would have no impact on the rest of the world and would only serve as a Ukrainian means to delegitimize the existence of a Russian nation.
The name Muscovy, or Muscovia, comes from centuries ago when it served as a name for the Grand Duchy of Moscow, a Rus kingdom of the 13th to 16th centuries. Part of the former kingdom’s territory is now within the bounds of Ukraine. The Grand Duchy of Moscow was last ruled by the infamous Ivan the Terrible.
The proposed name change is part of an effort to “de-Russify” Ukraine that was kicked into high gear following the 2014 overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russia elected government, which directly led to the secession of pro-Russia regions like Donetsk and Crimea.
In 2016, then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law mandating the removal of Russian statues and monuments and the changing of Russian-named places and streets all over Ukraine.
Zelensky’s name-change push is also part of a wider Ukrainian and pro-Ukrainian desire to “break up Russia” and turn it into several different nation-states, an idea that’s been backed by Ukrainian government officials and their most ardent supporters in the West.
In a recent article published on ForeignPolicy.com, retired American Lt. General Ben Hodges, the former commander of the US Army’s forces in Europe, claimed that the breakup of Russia is “imminent,” and also called for a Russian “regime change.”
Alarmingly, neither of these things could happen without a full-scale war being launched against Russia by NATO, a war that would certainly go nuclear.
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