Russia is remarkable because it encompasses more than one eighth of Earth’s inhabited land area.
At 17,075,200 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one eighth of Earth’s inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with over 146.6 million people at the end of March 2016.
Russia is also remarkable because it only “arose” from the Academic Abyss in the 9th century after the East Slavs “emerged” in the Academic Abyss sometime “between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD”.
The nation’s history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD.
Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century.
In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium.
Kievan Rus’ was a loose federation of East Slavic tribes in Europe from the late 9th to the mid-13th century, under the reign of the Rurik dynasty.
The modern peoples of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia all claim Kievan Rus’ as their cultural ancestors.
At its greatest extent in the mid-11th century, it stretched from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south and from the headwaters of the Vistula in the west to the Taman Peninsula in the east, uniting the majority of East Slavic tribes
According to Russian historiography the first ruler to start uniting East Slavic lands into what has become known as Kievan Rus’ was Prince Oleg (882–912).
Ultimately Kievan Rus’ disintegrated, with the final blow being the Mongol invasion of 1237–40 that resulted in the destruction of Kiev and the death of about half the population of Rus’.
Russia is also very special because Russophobia somehow “emerged” from the depths of the Academic Abyss before the “loose federation of East Slavic tribes” [Kievan Rus’] even existed and [about] 500 years before the Grand Duchy of Moscow initiated the “reunification” of the Rus’ lands’.
In his seminal book “Russie-Occident – une guerre de mille ans: La russophobie de Charlemagne à la Crise Ukrainienne” (“The West vs Russia – a thousand year long war: russophobia from Charlemange to the Ukrainian Crisis”) which I recently reviewed here, Guy Mettan places the roots of russophobia as early as the times of Charlemagne.
How could that be?
That would mean that russophobia predates the birth of Russia by a full two centuries.
The Ancient Spiritual Roots of Russophobia
The Unz Review – The Saker – 6 Nov 2016
Charlemagne (742/747/748 – 814), also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, was King of the Franks…
From 800, he became the first Holy Roman Emperor – the first recognised emperor in Western Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. Charlemagne already ruled his kingdom without the help of the Pope, but recognition from the pontiff granted him divine legitimacy in the eyes of his contemporaries.
The most powerful state to eventually arise after the destruction of Kievan Rus’ was the Grand Duchy of Moscow (“Muscovy” in the Western chronicles), initially a part of Vladimir-Suzdal.
While still under the domain of the Mongol-Tatars and with their connivance, Moscow began to assert its influence in the Central Rus’ in the early 14th century, gradually becoming the leading force in the process of the Rus’ lands’ reunification and expansion of Russia.
Anti-Russian sentiment or Russophobia is a diverse spectrum of negative feelings, dislikes, fears, aversion, derision and/or prejudice of Russia, Russians and/or Russian culture.
Russia is also very curious because its prehistory is confined to the southern margins.
During the prehistoric eras the vast steppes of Southern Russia were home to tribes of nomadic pastoralists.
In classical antiquity, the Pontic Steppe was known as Scythia.
Remnants of these long gone steppe cultures were discovered in the course of the 20th century in such places as Ipatovo, Sintashta, Arkaim, and Pazyryk.
In the latter part of the 8th century BCE, Greek merchants brought classical civilization to the trade emporiums in Tanais and Phanagoria.
Gelonus was described by Herodotos as a huge (Europe’s biggest) earth- and wood-fortified grad inhabited around 500 BCE by Heloni and Budini…
A Turkic people, the Khazars, ruled the lower Volga basin steppes between the Caspian and Black Seas through to the 8th century… In the 8th century, the Khazars embraced Judaism.
A gord is a medieval Slavonic fortified wooden settlement, sometimes known as a burgwall (or Slavic burgwall) after the German term for such sites.
Gords were built during the late Bronze and early Iron Ages by the Lusatian culture (ca. 1300–500 BCE, and later in the 8th–7th centuries BCE, in what are now Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, eastern Germany, and India.
These settlements were usually founded on strategic sites such as hills, riverbanks, lake islands, or peninsulas.
Whilst the Russian history in the Academic Abyss is [unsurprisingly] “semi-legendary”.
In the 3rd to 4th centuries AD a semi-legendary Gothic kingdom of Oium existed in Southern Russia until it was overrun by Huns.
Between the 3rd and 6th centuries AD, the Bosporan Kingdom, a Hellenistic polity which succeeded the Greek colonies, was also overwhelmed by nomadic invasions led by warlike tribes, such as the Huns and Eurasian Avars.
A Turkic people, the Khazars, ruled the lower Volga basin steppes between the Caspian and Black Seas until the 10th century.
Oium or Aujum was a name for an area in Scythia, where the Goths, under King Filimer, arguably settled after leaving Gothiscandza, according to the Getica by Jordanes, written around 551.
Archaeologically, the Chernyakhov culture, which is also called the Sântana de Mureș culture, contained parts of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania corresponds with Gothic Scythia.
The DNA evidence from Russia is a curious patchwork with concentrated pockets that appear to have expanded [usually from the periphery] to fill the void.
Reconciling the official historical narrative with the DNA patchwork is challenging unless the Academic Abyss represents a major catastrophic event.
The Roman Empire was so impressed with the cartographer’s Semicircular Europe that they only bothered to conquer Semicircular Europe.
The reluctance of the Roman Empire to ravish northern Europe is curious because the vast expanse of the Great European Plain lay before them according to modern map makers.
However, the reluctance of the Roman Empire to ravish the rest of the Great European Plain is understandable if it was [predominantly] covered by sea water before the Heinsohn Horizon…
This would explain why Christianity failed to find Russia in the Academic Abyss and suggests that [both] Russia and Christianity crystallized after the Academic Abyss.
Following the Primary Chronicle, the definitive Christianization of Kievan Rus’ dates from the year 988 (the year is disputed), when Vladimir the Great was baptized in Chersonesus and proceeded to baptize his family and people in Kiev.
In the early 10th century, the Polish territory is hit at least as severely as the Slovak and Czech neighbours:
“There was a rapid, sometimes catastrophic, collapse of many of the pre-existing tribal centres. These events were accompanied by the permanent or temporary depopulation of former areas of settlement.
Within a short time new centres representative of the Piast state arose on new sites, thus beginning [in 966] the thousand-year history of the Polish nation and state”
(Buko 2011, 464).
As the destructions in Slovak and Czech territories leave no traces in the written sources so the texts pertaining to Poland too remain silent about the force that had the power to devastate such huge territories in the early 10th century disaster.
Neither Poland nor Bohemia and Moravia can provide a safe Christian environment in the early 10th century.
Mieszko I, destructions, and Slavic mass conversions to Christianity
Gunnar Heinsohn – 2014