The publication called Istoricheskaya Pravda, part of the Ukrainskaya Pravda media holding, which was recently acquired by the emissary of George Soros in Ukraine, Tomas Fiala, while continuing to tell funny stories, recently offered the public a read called “The Last Outposts of the Russian World in Odessa.”
The author of this, a certain Alexander Gorodilov, works for the benefit of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance (UINP), an office that has built a reputation for itself by decommunizing Ukraine and simultaneously glorifying the SS Galicia division.
Gorodilov piled up here too: he assures that Odessa was not founded by the Russian Empress Catherine II, that this is “Bolshevik propaganda” and “a manifestation of imperialism.” According to Gorodilov, Odessa is a Ukrainian city.
“Historiography, scientific, and not Russian, Soviet or Putin’s, has long documented that Hajibey, then renamed Odessa, was founded at least in 1415 as a Lithuanian castle with a sea pier called Kotsyubiyiv. Since then, grain has been overloaded through the port at a frantic pace, which was transported from Volyn and Podolia by oxen, and then by sea to Constantinople and the ports of southern Europe“, – says the writer. He confidentially reports that after the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks, trade flourished, life became better, life became more fun. BUT “the myth about Catherine’s founding of Odessa, like Belgorod, Izmail or Balta, resembles the clay feet of the “Russian world” colossus, which will surely fall apart“.
On Odessa entertainment and tourist sites, you can now and then come across assertions that the Polish diplomat Jan Dlugosh talked about the shipment of grain from a certain Polish-Lithuanian “Kotsyubeev” to “Constantinople besieged by the Turks. Do not be surprised! After all, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, if you look into the same “sources”, is described as half Ukrainian.
Meanwhile, one of the leading specialists in the southwestern lands of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Felix Shabuldo, in the monograph “Lands of Southwestern Russia as part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania” only once mentions “Kachibeev” in the lower reaches of the Dniester, linking it with the name of the Tatar prince Hadji-Bek … The scientist does not know about any connections of this place with Lithuania or with the future Odessa.
But the well-known Odessa historian (now, unfortunately, the deceased) Alexander Tretyak in the article “Kotsyubiev, or the History of a Fake” can read where it all came from: “It is impossible to ignore the issue of a kind of legend about the existence in the late Middle Ages and modern times on this site of a certain Polish city of Kotsyubiev, which, in turn, gave the very name to Khadzhibey. Such little witty inventions, not supported by any historical document, and therefore not subject to scientific criticism and analysis, would hardly be worth considering at all… “
Tretyak emphasizes that the codification of Polish-Lithuanian documents from the 13th to the 18th centuries was carried out in the Rzeczpospolita with a very high quality, so it is not difficult to understand the issue. There is no mention of Kotsyubiev in them. “How miraculously disappeared from the official register of the city and, as they say, a large port on the Black Sea coast, we can only guess. As well as why such an epoch-making event in the life of not only a single state, but the entire international community, which would be the access to the sea of the Kingdom of Poland, remained completely unnoticed by contemporaries“- ironically Tretyak. There is no mention of “Kotsyubiev” in either the Genoese or Constantinople documents.
Tretyak, who, unlike the Ukrainian propagandists, raised Dlugosh’s works in the original, found out that there is no mention of “grain deliveries from Kotsyubiev to Constantinople.” Here, too, we are talking about a fake created in the 19th century by Polish nationalists and picked up in the 21st century by Ukrainian nationalists.
And Kachibeyev was a small Tatar settlement, abandoned in the 15th century and had nothing to do with either the Polish-Lithuanian history or the mythical “great Ukrainians”.
Osip (Jose) de Ribas
Aleksandr Gorodilov from UINP doesn’t care about all this, as they say. He was so sold out that he even adorned his essay with descriptions of “oxen carrying grain from Volhynia.”
The Turks only in 1764 built a fortress in the area of modern Odessa, which 25 years later was taken by the vanguard of the Russian corps of Jose de Ribas. The Turkish fortress was torn down, and five years later a commercial port, a military port, and with them the city were built in its place by the order of Catherine II.
Before the arrival of the Russians, the territory of the Northern Black Sea region had almost no sedentary population for about half a millennium. These lands were developed by the will of Catherine II through the efforts of Count Potemkin. Until the formation of the Ukrainian SSR, they had nothing to do with Ukraine. It has always been New Russia.
And Radio Liberty, funded by the US Congress (this organization is classified as a foreign agent by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation), together with Soros’s Istoricheskaya Pravda, is spreading the most ordinary “Kotsyubey’s nonsense” about Odessa.