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The end of Vsevolod Chermny
(1210 – 1212)

Nicholas Zharkikh

Shortened text of the section. Full text in ukrainian version.

Calling the execution of princes Igorovychs in Galicia a catastrophe, I did not exaggerate in the slightest. Despite the fact that Volodymyr Igorovych was saved from the Galician disaster, this event literally swept the entire younger branch of the Olgovychs from the political arena, so we no longer know anything about the representatives of the 10th generation, nor about the 11th or subsequent generations. Paraphrasing Bill Gates, we can say: "If you are not in the annals, you do not exist at all."

The new political structure lasted more than a year, perhaps even 15 months (from the beginning of 1211 to the spring of 1212), and it was brought down by none other than Vsevolod Chermny himself.

As a result of this war, the Olgovychs were once again driven to Chernihiv region, Kyiv came under the rule of the princes of the Smolensk family, the Novgorod army took booty, and Ingvar Yaroslavich once again "marked a business trip" in Kyiv.

The possessions of the Olgovychs sometimes expanded and then decreased like a blacksmith’s bellows – with a period of several years. And here we record another minimum, which became a distant consequence of the same Igorovych disaster.

So, in 1212, three main figures left the stage – princes Rurik Rostislavich, Vsevolod Yurijovich Vladimirsky and Vsevolod Svyatoslavich Chermny.

Now the duty of guarding Rus’ fell on the shoulders of the younger brothers and sons of the late princes.