‘Let us seek a prince who may rule over us, and judge us according to the Law’, said the warring tribes of ancient Russia to each other in 862 according to the Primary Chronicle. And so: ‘They accordingly went overseas to the Varangian Russes: these particular Varangians were known as Russes, just as some are called Swedes, and others Normans, English and Gottlanders …’ As the old story continues, the tribes then said to Varangian Russes: ‘Our whole land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come to rule and reign over us.’1 Three brothers in particular were chosen, and the eldest of them, Riurik, settled in Novgorod and began the princely dynasty that was to rule over Kiev from 882 onwards.
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