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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

882

Oleg moves capital to Kiev, in present-day Ukraine

988-9

Grand Duke Vladimir I becomes Eastern Orthodox

1169

Prince Andrei Bogolubski moves capital to Vladimir, near Moscow

1237-1240

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

Circa 1271

Moscow becomes capital of Grand Duchy of Suzdal-Vladimir

1380

Dmitri Donskoi defeats Tatars; takes title Grand Duke of Moscow

1462-1505

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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