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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