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Sandilch (Σάνδιλ, Σάνδιλχος), 555, in the Dulo clan was promoted by the Gokturks in 569 as Khan of the Utigur Bulgars in Patria Onoguria and an ally to the Byzantines who through him played the Utigur off against their Pseudo-Avar controlled relatives.

According to Menander Protector.[1] The Utigur khan Sandilch when he was asked by the Justinian Emperor to attack the Kutrigur said: "It is neither fair nor decent to exterminate our tribesmen (the Kutrigur), who not only speak a language, identical to ours, who are our neighbours and have the same dressing and manners of life, but who are also our relatives, even though subjected to other lords."

This is also evident according to the genealogical legend, preserved by Procopius: "In the old days many Huns, called then Cimmerians, inhabited the lands I mentioned already. They all had a single king. Once one of their kings had two sons: one called Utigur and another called Kutrigur. After their father's death they shared the power and gave their names to the subjected peoples, so that even nowadays some of them are called Utigur and the others - Kutrigur." [2]

The Utigur & Kutrigur succeeded Ingrod of Tana (c. 503–528) who visited Constantinople, converted to Christianity and began to suppress the native cults. Grod's nobles overthrew and murdered him and replaced him with his son Mugel (528–530s) ruler of the Huns of Keremi (Crimea the earliest mention of the Keremi name which Kuber would later carry from Srem to Keramisia).

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Preceded by
Ruler in Onoguria
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Menandri Fragmenta. Excerpta de legationibus. - Ed. C. de Boor. Berolini, 1903, p. 170
  2. ^ Priscus. Excerpta de legationibus. Ed. S. de Boor. Berolini, 1903, p. 586

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