Definitions for RUS
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the medieval Russian state established by Scandinavian traders in the 9th century; the capital was first in Novgorod and then in Kiev
A person from Rus.
A people made up of Scandinavian warrior merchants who travelled Eastern European river-roads from the eighth century, and whose settlements around Kiev and the Dnieper gave rise to the Russian principalities.
Any of the medieval East Slavic principalities ruled by this class, especially Kievan Rus.
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Origin: From Русь, from Русь, and Ῥῶς. Compare Russ, and see further .
The Rus ' are an ancient people who gave their name to the lands of Russia and Belarus. Their origin and identity are much in dispute. Some Russian scholars, along with some Westerners, consider the Rus to be a southeastern Slavic tribe that founded a tribal league, the Kievan state. Ibn Khordadbeh, a Persian geographer of the 9th century, also believed the Rus people were Slavic. Traditional Western scholars believe them to be a group of Varangians, supposed to be Norsemen. According to the Primary Chronicle of Rus', compiled in about 1113 AD, the Rus' had relocated "from over sea", first to northeastern Europe, creating an early polity that finally came under the leadership of Rurik. Later, Rurik's relative Oleg captured Kiev, founding Kievan Rus'. The descendants of Rurik were the ruling dynasty of Rus', and of principalities created in the area formerly occupied by Kievan Rus', Galicia-Volhynia Principality, Chernigov, Kingdom of Rus, Vladimir-Suzdal, Grand Duchy of Moscow, and the founders of the Tsardom of Russia.
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