20 October 2020
The article is published in Kyivpost
It seems fitting after Ukrainian Cossacks Day to recall the legend of one Cossack, Hetman Pavlo Polubotok, who made waves in Ukrainian-British international relations nearly three centuries ago. Legend has it that Pavlo Polubotok, suspecting his arrest under Tsar Peter I of Russia, deposited 200,000 gold coins in the Bank of England in or around 1723 and gifted (most of) them to a future independent Ukraine. With interest that deposit would be worth GBP 40 billion today. The recently signed UK-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement (PFTSPA) is perhaps a first step towards recovering this lost fortune.