Lithuania wants to rename Russia to Moskovia
The relevant committee of the Seimas of Lithuania has started a discussion on renaming Russia to Moscovia in the Lithuanian language.
This was stated by the chairman of the committee, Raimundas Lopata, Verslo zinios reports.
“We call Russia “Russia” because it calls itself that. Taking into account the historical context of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, we will look for a more acceptable and accurate assessment of the country's historical role for Lithuania and the West than the Great Russian narrative rooted in Western consciousness. Accordingly, we will clarify what is the best name for the country that we traditionally call Russia: should it be called Russia, Moscovia, or something else,” Mr. Lopata said.
According to him, politicians will look for a solution based on the findings of historian Alfred Bumblauskas, which he will present to the Seimas in his report “Russia and Moscovia: 5 Lies and Omissions.”
The presentation of the report on the expropriation of the name Russia and the circumstances of its transformation into Russia will take place on June 7 at the forum “Intellectual Independence of Lithuania” organized by the Committee for the Future. The event will be attended by historians, philosophers, linguists, and politicians.
According to the Seimas member, Russian President Vladimir Putin supports the war in Ukraine he started with a distorted and false history, which is why Lithuania should ask whether the historical role of Russia is not perceived in a distorted way in the West's mind, as well as the name of the country itself.
It should be recalled that historians from different countries authoritatively support the initiative to return to the official use of the name “Moscovia” and consider it a restoration of historical justice. After all, the name “Russia” is the Greco-Byzantine name for Kyivan Rus, or Ukraine.
Moscow took this name for itself 300 years ago. On October 22, 1721, when Tsar Peter the Great proclaimed the Moscow Kingdom the “Russian Empire” and Muscovites the “Russians.” This change in the name of the Moscow state seriously challenged the identity of the Ukrainian people.
This lie became the standard for future Moscow historians of the 19th century and formed the basis of Karamzin's 12-volume History of the Russian State, as well as Solovyov's 29-volume fundamental History of Russia from the Earliest Times.
The historians of tsarist Russia diligently began to replicate the myths about the “cradle of three fraternal peoples” and that “Kyivan Rus” was the first Russian state.
Professor of the University of Berlin Aleksander Brückner noted in his history of Russia: “The primitive people nurtured by the Mongol khans with a meagre, oriental cultural heritage suddenly turned into an ancient European nation with a rich heritage.”
Earlier, members of the Lithuanian Seimas proposed to return the historical name and rename the Russian city of Kaliningrad to Karaliaučius.
The reason was the decision of the Polish Commission for Standardization of Geographical Names Outside Poland. It recommended calling Kaliningrad by the historical Polish name Królewiec.