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Historian Pyotr Tolochko died in Ukraine

MOSCOW, April 28 Outstanding Ukrainian historian, academician and archaeologist Pyotr Tolochko died at the age of 87, the Strana publication reported on its Telegram channel.

“Tolochko was the author of many books on the history of Ancient Rus',” the publication clarified.

As a source close to the scientist said, he died this morning in the Feofaniya hospital near Kiev. The cause of the academician’s death was a whole complex of various diseases.

The agency’s interlocutor also shared his opinion about the scientist: he was a supporter of objectivity in science, an opponent of the politicization of history and supported the unity of the three Slavic peoples – Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians.

"Petr Petrovich had a huge influence on Soviet and Ukrainian historiography. Undoubtedly, he is one of the outstanding historians and archaeologists of the post-Soviet space,” the source noted.

In addition, the agency’s interlocutor added that the historian did not recognize the Holodomor in Ukrainian history as genocide.

“He admitted, of course, that there was a famine. But the situation with the Holodomor itself was politicized. And he opposed the politicization of historical science and for maintaining loyalty to the facts in the scientific community,” the source summarized.The anonymous interlocutor also emphasized that Tolochko was a supporter of the unity of the three Slavic peoples.

“He even always had a tree hanging above his desk, which he designed himself. There are three branches: White Rus', Little Rus' and Great Rus'. In addition, in his book “From Rus' to Ukraine” he proved with facts that Ukraine and Little Russia have never lived better than under a fraternal alliance with the Great Russians and Belarusians,” the source concluded.

Tolochko was born in 1938 in the village of Pristroma in Ukraine. His name is associated with major scientific achievements in the study of the Old Russian state, its formation and development before the Mongol invasion.

Tolochko is the author of more than 500 scientific works, including 30 books. In 1987-2016, Tolochko headed the Institute of Archeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in 1993-1998 he was vice-president of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Author of such books as “Ukraine in an orange interior”, “Ukraine in the fire of European integration”, “Lost”.

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