Iaroslav's being smart beyond his training, and even some beyond his experience. Not that image and PR aren't a thing in every society, even flat-out totalitarian ones (which the USSR wasn't by Slava's time) but they're more of a thing in free-market economies and/or places with elections. Pulling somebody who looks and sounds like Bohdan's guys to vouch for him...we'll see how that goes. ;)
For info about the Hutsl people, check out the "About Ukraine" tab. As always, thanks for reading. Hooray for readers!