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Timeline: Early Russian History

From legendary warrior Rurik to Ivan the Great

by David Johnson
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Circa 862

Rurik, a semi-legendary Scandinavian warrior, establishes "Russ" or "Rhos" state at Novgorod


Oleg moves capital to Kiev, in present-day Ukraine


Grand Duke Vladimir I becomes Eastern Orthodox


Prince Andrei Bogolubski moves capital to Vladimir, near Moscow


The Mongols (Tatars) under Batu Khan, invade, devastate Russia

Circa 1271

Moscow becomes capital of Grand Duchy of Suzdal-Vladimir


Dmitri Donskoi defeats Tatars; takes title Grand Duke of Moscow


Ivan III (the Great) begins annexing surrounding areas, builds autocratic state; religious leaders proclaim Moscow "the third Rome"—heir to Rome, Constantinople

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