During the 11th century, the grand dukes of Kiev held such centralizing power as existed.
In 1240, Kiev was destroyed by the Mongols, and the Russian territory was split into numerous smaller dukedoms.
It is bordered by Norway and Finland in the northwest; Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania in the west; Georgia and Azerbaijan in the southwest; and Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and North Korea along the southern border. Tradition says the Viking Rurik came to Russia in 862 and founded the first Russian dynasty in Novgorod.
The various tribes were united by the spread of Christianity in the 10th and 11th centuries; Vladimir “the Saint” was converted in 988.
Ivan IV—the Terrible (1533–1584), first Muscovite czar—is considered to have founded the Russian state.
He crushed the power of rival princes and boyars (great landowners), but Russia remained largely medieval until the reign of Peter the Great (1689–1725), grandson of the first Romanov czar, Michael (1613–1645).
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