In the 9th century AD
Vikings organized a state which they named Rus. These vikings slowly emerged with the
population & Russia had its beginnings centered on the cities of Kiev & Novgorod. During the
13th & 14th centuries Russia was dominated by Mongols under Genghis Khan. As the Mongol
power waned, new leadership
emerged with Ivan the Great. Ivan the Great married a Byzantine
princess & Russian power continued to grow.
His grandson Ivan the Terrible ruled from
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