Vladimir the Great

Vladimir the Great

(? -1015) Great Kyiv prince Vladimir the Great was the son of Prince Svyatoslav Princess Olga and housekeeper named Malusha. In the history of Vladimir entered as the greatest political and religious figure, “Sts” prince, who made Christianity the official religion of the state. Vladimir became Grand Duke of Kiev in 980. Consolidating his power, he conquered Kyiv western Slavic tribes Vyatichi and Radimichi, and to confront the nomads erected fortresses and earthworks on the rivers Desna, Sula, Irpen, sturgeon. Chronicles stress militancy and cruelty Vladimir at the time when he still remained a pagan, and reported that he even