Friday, April 16, 2010

Exhibition dedicated to Hetman Pylyp Orlyk in Poltava Battle Museum

A new exhibition dedicated to Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk has been opened on April 12 in Poltava Battle museum. Pylyp Orlyk was a Hetman in exile, diplomat, secretary and close associate of Hetman Ivan Mazepa. In 1714 he followed the Swedish king Charles XII to Sveden via Stralsund. Orlyk with his wife Hanna Hertsyk and six children arrived to Sweden in 1716. They lived in the city of Kristianstad for some years. Orlyk and his family left Stockholm in 1720 but as late as 1747 his widow and children received financial support from Riksdag. A few letters written by Hetman Orlyk to the Swedish Court and personally to Charles XII are preserving in the National Archives in Stockholm.