Herakles on Bosporos' coins

Christening of Princess Olga

Campaigns of prince Svyatoslav

Vladimir the Saint

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Coin of John I Tsimisces

Campaigns of prince Svyatoslav

Prince Svyatoslav (964-972 ..) was Olga's son. From the childhood he brought up as the soldier.

When prince has grown up his life began to pass in military campaigns.

Having a strong army Svyatoslav struggled successfully with enemies.
In 964 he has crushed Khazars and has taken their capital Itil.

Under authority of Kievan Rus has got mutarakan Princedom.
In 968 at the request of the Byzantian emperor Svyatoslav has gone to a campaign against Bulgaria.

Kievan prince has overcome Bulgars and has taken 80 their cities on Danube. He has located in Pereyaslavets city.

Then he has crushed Pechenegs whom had attacked Kiev.

In 971 Svyatoslav has concluded the peace treaty with Byzantian Empire.

He has met on Danube with emperor John I Tsimisces.

Greeks have paid to Svyatoslav a tribute but then have informed Pechenegs that Russian prince comes back home with a small team and with huge riches.

Pechenegs have attacked Russians at Dnieper's thresholds.
In unequal battle Svyatoslav was killed and the escaped part of his team has returned to Kiev led by old commander-voevode Sveneld.


Coin of Tmutarakan Princedom

Grand prince Svyatoslav

Patrimonial marks of Rurik Dynasty

Russian warriors

Russian warriors

Negotiations between Svyatoslav and Johannes I

Greeks made gifts to Svyatoslav



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