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Rurik the Rus

Rurik the Rus

In 860 A.D., the Slavic village of Novgorod located in the northern forests of the Slavic regions contacted the Vikings asking for help in maintaining order in their lands. They told the Vikings that they had rich fertile lands, but that they did not have the ability to unite their people or maintain order. Thus, they requested that the Vikings come and rule them.

 

Rurik The Rus

A Viking by the name of Rurik the Rus answered the request. It is believed that Rus is the root for the name of the Slavic nation of Russia.