c.956 - 1015
Saint Vladimir I created a united Russian state and introduced Christianity as a state religion.
Vladimir, son of the prince of Kiev, became ruler of Kiev and Novgorod. He consolidated the Russian lands from the Ukraine to the Baltic. Vladimir aided the Byzantine emperor to fight a rebellion in exchange for the emperor's sister in marriage.
He also consented to become a Christian, after which he ordered the Christian conversion of Kiev and Novgorod.
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