By Lyndesy Symonds
Old coins are certainly valuable artifacts that are part of the larger history. Usually people read that history with maps, the history of people who are a nation (in the NT sense of ethne) and histories of the people with whom they have religious, cultural, political, economic and hostile relationships. Whether they are able to form a state of self-government or not, a nation on its own land will always seek self-rule in one form or another.
Many of the ethnically European people of Rus , of which Ukraine, is one national branch, lived in the Great Commonwealth of Poland Lithuania even from before the 16th century. They used the coin of that Commonwealth much in the way that Australia used the coin of the UK. Muscovy and the nations of the Commonwealth were usually on hostile terms and land and populations went back and forth across the border which was also the front line.
Here is a map of its greatest extent in the 16th century
There is a record of constant wars over these lands in Central Europe between Muscovy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire at its furthest extent. As a nation within Poland Lithuania.
It is the people of Rus and their nations – one of which is Ukraine – which suffered the “greatest human slaughter of all time” according to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The mix of Ashkhenazi Jews – ethnically a Turkik, Mongolian people (who today call themselves ‘Russians’ in that part of the world) genocided a great portion of the Rus – in Muscovy, Ukraine, Belarus etc and ‘took their identities’. That fact that their descendants (those who ruled the Soviet Union and Russian Federation today) captured a lot of European genetics in the general murder and rape of that genocide and so changed their appearance means nothing. Ethnically, historically, religiously, they are not of Rus or its Church. Like the British aristocracy they are crypto Jews of the Ashkhenazim.
Solzhenitsyn’s famous quote applies as much today as it did in the twentieth century:
“You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of the perpetrators.”