Streaming service Netflix has announced the release date for the second season of Vikings: Valhalla and posted photos with new characters on Twitter. One of the posts almost immediately became scandalous, since it hosted Yaroslav the Wise, who was called the “warrior-ruler of Northern Russia” in the service.

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This description of the Kyiv prince caused a strong reaction on the social network, users suggested that Netflix study history. The Ministry of Culture of Information Policy of Ukraine also reacted.

“Yaroslav the Wise was the Grand Duke of Kyiv from 1019 until his death. A time when Russia did not exist at all. Kievan Rus is not Russia. Here is a brief history lesson,” the ministry said in a statement, to which they attached a link to a video on the history of Ukraine from the Institute of National Remembrance.

One of the users posted a photo of a banknote with the image of Yaroslav the Wise and wrote that he ruled Kievan Rus in 1019-1054, when Moscow had not even appeared yet, and the name “Russia” even arose in the 15th century.

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Other users also point out that Yaroslav the Wise ruled Kyiv and that no Russia existed at that time. Some admit that at that time Novgorod was already formed in the north, which 100 years later became the capital of the Novgorod Republic. But not Northern Russia.

Users also drew attention to the fact that the cast of “Valhalla” included Russian actress Sofia Lebedeva, who “tacitly supports the war in Ukraine.”