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Vikings arriving and Santa Sophia Cathedral in Kiev
Around the year 700 Vikings from Sweden began to travel down rivers into the area that is now western Russia, eventually settling down with the Slavs who lived there.
Rurik the Rus
Around 862 a Viking leader called Rurik captured the Slavic city of Novgorod, which is where we get the name "Russian." The Rus, as the people were called, won lots of land and eventually moved their capital city to Kiev.