Posts Tagged ‘Novorossiya’

  1. “Local Russians are… hostile to Russia”

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    August 8, 2016 by AK

    Sergei Belyakov reminding the reader of the more or less obvious: Minor Russians dominated in the Kherson governorate as well. In the second half of the 1870s they made up more than 70%, followed by Moldovans (17.9%) and Greater Russians (8.2%). Those were – in the Kherson governorate of the time – mostly Russian Old …
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  2. Novorossiya used to be rural and Ukrainian

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    February 15, 2015 by AK

    Max Seddon remarks that Novorossiya is “a Tsarist-era name for Ukraine’s Russian-speaking southeast.” Russian-speaking today but not in the “Tsarist era,” as I have explained. Russian was the language of cities all over Ukraine (except Poltava) but most Novorossiya residents were rural and Ukrainian-speaking. Their descendants switched to Russian, as did lots of other Ukrainians, but that …
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  3. An incongruous claim III

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    November 14, 2014 by AK

    Following parts I and II, I repeat parts of Putin’s “true history of Ukraine“: Perhaps you are not aware that in 1922, part of the land that you just named, land that historically always bore the name of Novorossiya… Why this name? This was because there was essentially a single region with its centre at …
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  4. An incongruous claim II

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    November 8, 2014 by AK

    Continuing from part I, I’m going to focus on a misstatement that may not be important compared with Putin’s other claims but I’d still like to talk about it. “This land [Novorossiya] included Kharkov, Lugansk, Donetsk, Nikolayev, Kherson and Odessa Region,” said Putin. Kharkov, or Kharkiv in Ukrainian, has little to do with Novorossiya. The …
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  5. An incongruous claim I

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    November 4, 2014 by AK

    President Putin said this during the Valdai club meeting about ten days ago: Perhaps you are not aware that in 1922, part of the land that you just named, land that historically always bore the name of Novorossiya… Why this name? This was because there was essentially a single region with its centre at Novorossiisk, …
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  6. Novorossiya: a geographical name misused by propagandists

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    August 31, 2014 by AK

    Novorossiya is a historical and geographical, rather than political, term. It has recently been much abused by Russian demagogues. The term dates back to the 18th century, when it referred to the steppes north of the Black Sea where agricultural settlement began about that time. In a broader sense adopted by the end of the 19th century, Novorossiya …
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