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    The Rus' were a group of Varangians. According to the Primary Chronicle of Rus, compiled in about 1113 AD, the Rus' had relocated from the Baltic region, first to northeastern Europe, creating an early polity which 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, the successor principalities of Galicia-Volhynia, Chernigov, Vladimir-Suzdal, Grand Duchy of Moscow, and the founders of the Tsardom of Russia. Their name survives in the designation Rospigg, a person from the coastal area of Uppland, Sweden, called Roslagen, literally "the land of rowing", and the cognates Russians, Rusyns and Ruthenians, giving their name to the land of Rus', as well as the ethnonym of its majority East Slavic population. Today, the Swedes are still designated in Finnish and Estonian as ruotsalaiset and rootslased, respectively.

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