Vladimir the Saint
After death of prince Svyatoslav in the Kievan Rus ruled
three his sons.
In the intestine brother's war younger Vladimir has won.
Then he began to rule individual in 980-1015.
At him Rus remained the pagan country.
In 986 embassies from different countries were to Vladimir
and began to decline him to accept their religions.
Bulgarians from Volga praised an Islam , Roman Pope's ambassadors
praised the Latin Christianity and Khazars praised the Judaism.
Prince has not made decisions and has sent the boyars to
all countries once again to test whose religion is better
Boyars amazed with beauty of the Greek divine service have
reminded Vladimir that else his grandmother Olga has accepted
In the answer prince has declared that goes a campaign
on the Byzantian city Chersonessos (modern Sevastopol) and
if will take city will accept Christening.
Chersonessos was taken and Vladimir Christened there in
St. Basilius Temple.
He has received in the wife Anna , the sister of Byzantian
emperors - brothers. In the answer Vladimir has returned
Chersonessos to Byzantium as wedding gift for Anna.
After returning to Kiev in 988 Vladimir ordered to gather
all Kievan population at the Dnieper coast and Christened
His commander-voevode Dobrynya Christened all citizen of
Soon the Christianity was distributed on all Kievan Rus.
After these events Vladimir began to mint own gold and
Byzantian masters have constructed the Church of the Virgin
Prince ordered to give on its maintenance the tenth part
from his incomes why it has received name Desyatinnaya.
The orthodox church has canonized prince Vladimir.