Perhaps Vladimir Putin pictures himself on the historic model? Leave it to the darn Vikings and the church to create a mess for others to fix?
Russia: A Timeline
Russia’s history is rife with both booms and busts.
HISTORY.COM EDITORSUPDATED:SEP 3, 2019 ORIGINAL:MAR 19, 2019
862: The first major East Slavic state, Kievan Rus, is founded and led by the Viking Oleg of Novgorod (although some historians dispute this account). Kiev becomes the capital 20 years later.
980-1015: Prince Vladimir the Great, who converts from paganism to Orthodox Christianity, rules the Rurik dynasty while spreading his newfound religion. His son, Yaroslav the Wise, reigns from 1019-1054 as grand prince, establishing a written code of law, and Kiev becomes a center of politics and culture in eastern Europe.