Vladimir the Great

958 - 1015

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Vladimir I or Volodymyr I (Old East Slavic: Володимѣръ Свѧтославичь, Volodiměrъ Svętoslavičь; Russian: Владимир Святославич, Vladimir Svyatoslavich; Ukrainian: Володимир Святославич, Volodymyr Sviatoslavych; Old Norse Valdamarr gamli; c. 958 – 15 July 1015), called the Great, was Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev, and ruler of Kievan Rus' from 980 to 1015.Vladimir's father was Prince Sviatoslav I of Kiev of the Rurik dynasty. After the death of his father in 972, Vladimir, who was then prince of Novgorod, was forced to flee to Scandinavia in 976 after his brother Yaropolk murdered his other brother Oleg of Drelinia and conquered Rus'. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vladimir the Great has received more than 1,413,262 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Vladimir the Great is the 449th most popular politician (down from 430th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Russia (down from 12th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Russian Politician.

Vladimir the Great was most famous for his conversion of the Slavs to Christianity.

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Among politicians, Vladimir the Great ranks 449 out of 15,710Before him are Guy of Lusignan, Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, George I of Great Britain, Ashurbanipal, Robert Schuman, and Charles the Simple. After him are Ludwig II of Bavaria, John, King of England, Safiye Sultan, Tomyris, Boris Godunov, and Yongle Emperor.

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Among people born in 958, Vladimir the Great ranks 1After him are Basil II, Samuel of Bulgaria, and Otto-William, Count of Burgundy. Among people deceased in 1015, Vladimir the Great ranks 1After him are Gavril Radomir of Bulgaria, Arduin of Ivrea, and Lambert I, Count of Louvain.

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Among people born in Russia, Vladimir the Great ranks 60 out of 2,688Before him are Georg Cantor (1845), Rurik (830), Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexander Nevsky (1220), Vasily Zaitsev (1915), and Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919). After him are Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), Boris Godunov (1552), Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Feodor I of Russia (1557), Andrei Sakharov (1921), and Frederick I of Prussia (1657).


Among politicians born in Russia, Vladimir the Great ranks 21Before him are Yuri Andropov (1914), Alexander II of Russia (1818), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), and Rurik (830). After him are Boris Godunov (1552), Feodor I of Russia (1557), Frederick I of Prussia (1657), Anna of Russia (1693), Peter II of Russia (1715), and Ivan III of Russia (1440).