(Vladimir the Great; ca. 9561015). First Christian ruler of Russia* (9801015); became Christian (E Orthodox) ca. 989. Father of Boris* and Gleb. Before conversion he opposed Christianity by force; among his victims were Theodore and Ivan, perhaps the first Russ. Christian martyrs. See also Christian Church, History of the, II 1.
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