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750 CE: Scandinavian settlement of Staraja Ladoga founded as trade center.
862 CE - 879 CE: Reign of Varangian King Rurik, founder of the Rurikid Dynasty of Kievan Rus.
862 CE - 1242 CE: Federation of Kievan Rus controls areas of modern-day Belarus, Russia, and the Ukraine.
879 CE - 912 CE: Reign of Oleg of Novgorod, also known as Oleg the Prophet, in Kievan Rus.
882 CE: Oleg the Prophet moves capital of Kievan Rus from Novgorod to Kiev.
888 CE: Vladimir I sends Varangian forces to help Basil II of Constantinople; creation of the Varangian Guard.
912 CE - 945 CE: Reign of Igor of Kiev in Kievan Rus.
945 CE: Assassination of Igor of Kiev by Drevlians.
945 CE - 963 CE: Olga, wife of Igor, reigns as regent for their son Sviatoslav I.
945 CE - 950 CE: Olga seeks revenge on Drevlians for Igor's death.
963 CE - 972 CE: Reign of Sviatoslav I (Sviatoslav the Brave), who expands and enriches Kievan Rus through military campaigns.
972 CE - 980 CE: Reign of Yaropolk I in Kievan Rus.
980 CE - 1015 CE: Reign of Vladimir I (the Great) in Kievan Rus; converts region to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
1015 CE - 1019 CE: Reign of Sviatopolk I in Kievan Rus.
1019 CE - 1054 CE: Reign of Yaroslav I (the Wise) in Kievan Rus; height of the federation in every respect.
1054 CE - 1078 CE: Yaroslav I's sons fight each other for control; Kievan Rus splinters.
1078 CE - 1337 CE: Kievan Rus broken into separate districts and polities. .
1237 CE - 1242 CE: The Mongol Invasion; Kievan Rus conquered. .