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Pre-history of Russia. Slavs settled on the steppes of southern Russia and the forests of northern Russia circa 500 B.C. originally peaceful farmers lived.

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1 Pre-history of Russia

2 Slavs settled on the steppes of southern Russia and the forests of northern Russia circa 500 B.C. originally peaceful farmers lived in isolated/scattered villages began to use rivers for transportation

3 Varangians warrior-traders from Scandanavia aka Vikings or Norsemen in Western Europe

4 The Varangians set-up the first Russian state at Kiev. They ruled by adopting the local Slavic language and customs.

5 Kiev located on the Dnepr River in present-day Ukraine emerged as the first centre of Russian culture/civilization was the spiritual/cultural heart of Russia

6 Ruler of Novgorod from 862. Rurik

7 The Chuds, the Slavs and the Krivchians then said to the peoples of Rus: “Our whole land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come and rule over us.’” Annals for the years : Invitation of the Varagnians to Novgorod


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