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“Russophobic nonsense”: RVIO assessed the “Ukrainianism” of artist Ilya Repin

Ukraine (, - The desire to “make things worse for Russia” in order to “please the Kiev regime” was explained by the scientific director of the Russian Military Historical Society (RVIO) Mikhail Myagkov for the decision of the Finnish art museum “Atheneum”, which now considers the Russian painter Ilya Repin "Ukrainian".

Myagkov recalled that this is not the first time this has happened. Previously, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art did the same.

"For what? Probably to please the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv, which has nothing else to show the people. The more military defeats the Zelensky regime has, the worse the situation in the economy, the more it will try to make claims to some supposedly historical territories, etc.,” RIA Novosti quotes the historian.

According to him, Ilya Repin repeatedly emphasized that his ancestors were Cossacks, not only from Slobozhanshchina, but also from the Don - this was all the Russian world. Great Russia, Little Russia, Belarus are all parts of one big Russian people.

The city of Chuguev was part of Slobozhanshchina, which in turn was part of the Russian state long before Little Russia was reunited with it.

“As for the alteration of the nationality of Ilya Efimovich Repin, this is Russophobic nonsense for the needs of the designers of the “globe of Ukraine,” who are confident that the more they “find” in the Russian world natives of the modern territory of Ukraine, the worse it will be for Russia. But it won’t be worse for Russia, but it will be worse for them, because these “seekers” have once again given us the opportunity to speak conclusively, with facts in hand, about the origins of certain outstanding creative figures. And such a conversation about Repin will very much not please the current Ukrainian and Finnish leaders,” Myagkov is sure.

He also cited a fragment of a letter from the artist written in 1877 to another Russian painter Vasily Polenov.

“You will see for yourself how our Russian reality, not depicted by anyone, will shine before you. How its poetic truth will draw you in to the marrow of your bones, how you will begin to comprehend it, and transfer it to the canvas with all the heat of love - so you yourself will be surprised at what will happen before your eyes,” the historian quoted the letter, expressing confidence that he could not write such a thing. “protagonist of Ukrainian independence.”

He recalled that in 1918 the village of Kuokkala, where Repin settled, was captured by Finnish troops and transferred to Finland. Local authorities did nothing to help the brilliant artist, who was begging and was forced to plant potatoes.

“Ilya Efimovich Repin considered himself a citizen of Russia and did not seek a Finnish passport,” Myagkov pointed out.

“Now Finland has joined NATO, and the entire policy of Helsinki, both foreign and domestic, will be accompanied by increased Russophobia. Therefore, there will be such renamings - whatever they want, just so that there is nothing Russian,” the historian predicts.

Repin was and will remain one of the brightest symbols of the united Russian world, despite various kinds of “demonic inventions,” Myagkov concluded.

As reported, Ukrainian journalist Anna Lodygina contacted the Ateneum, requesting information about Repin’s life in Finland. The curator sent the journalist an article stating that the artist’s parents were born in the Moscow region. She responded by stating that these data were not correct and presented a church document confirming the birth of the artist’s father and grandfather on the territory of Ukraine.

Moreover, in 2021, the museum hosted an exhibition of the artist’s works. The description stated that Repin was born on the territory of Ukraine, but “is the most famous artist in Russia.”

Now the museum curator explained the artist’s “change of citizenship” by “receiving new information.”

“Russophobic nonsense”: RVIO assessed the “Ukrainianism” of artist Ilya Repin