• May 30, 1220

    Alexander Nevsky

    was a saint
    One prince emerged as more powerful than the others. Alexander Nevsky, prince of Novgorod, defeated a German invading army in northwestern Russia in 1242. The khan, leader of the western Mongol Empire, rewarded Nevsky with the title of Grand Prince.
  • Oleg

    A viking
    russia was dominated by the Rus (hence the name russia)
  • Vladimir

    One Rus ruler, Vladimir, married the Byzantine emperor's sister and officially accepted Eastern Orthodox Christianity for himself and his people in 988. Orthodox Christianity became the religion of the state.