Ukraine and Russia: a clash of ideas on the streets of London

Statute of St Volodymyr on Hollard Park Avenue in London

This is a statue of St Volodymyr, which states that he was a 10th-century ruler of Ukraine, on Holland Park Avenue, London. I took this photo in June, 2014, and as I was doing so a young Russian guy came up to me and said: “There was no 10th-century Ukraine, this is total crap.” I was rather stunned by that, and intrigued to find out more. Both a visual and audible glimpse of the passionate opinions on both sides of this conflict.

Wikipedia on St Volodymyr / Vladimir the Great:


About James Willsher

Newspaper and magazine reporter since 2004, has freelanced in Russia and Central Asia, and does local government PR. Likes green tea and interviewing people / places. Phil Garrett was a pen name. @JGWillsher
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2 Responses to Ukraine and Russia: a clash of ideas on the streets of London

  1. tamnat says:

    This Russian guy was right – there was no Ukraine in the 10th century, there was Rus’ from north to south, with three major cities, or capitals: Ladoga, Novgorod and Kiev, later Moscow was built. It’s historians who coined a name “Kievan Rus” likewise “Moscow Rus”. St Vladimir or Grand Prince of Kiev consolidated Kiev and Novgorod provinces into a single state. He is worshipped by all the Slavs for converting Rus’ into a Christian state.

  2. And even in Moscow in 1303, as a settlement and how the principality, it was so
    small that divide it into inheritances was not possible …
    Moscow as the principality arose in the late 70s of the XIII century, and the first
    Prince of Moscow, that is, the owner of the “table”, was the youngest son
    Alexander Nevsky – Daniel, born in 1261.
    These facts support the Russian historians
    NM Karamzin, Solovyov and Kliuchevsky.

    The secret is that as the Principality of Muscovy appeared in 1277 – with
    the greatest commandment of the Mongol Khan Meng-Timur, and
    It was a common Ulus of the Golden Horde.

    That is, the city of Moscow itself, and Muscovy-ulus – were not in
    Great times Kiev reign, at the behest of the prince of Kiev –
    and in the days of the Mongols, at the behest of khans of the Golden Horde, and
    territory subject dynasty Chinggisids …

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