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 (ro͝or′ĭk, ro͞o′rĭk) Died c. 879.
Scandinavian warrior and the founder of the dynasty that ruled Russia until 1598.
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(Biography) died 879. Varangian (Scandinavian Viking) leader who founded the Russian monarchy. He gained control over Novgorod (?862) and his dynasty, the Rurikids, ruled until 1598
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(ˈrʊər ɪk)

died a.d. 879, Scandinavian prince: considered the founder of the Russian monarchy.
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Getty explains: "Because we find this understanding of politics and government from Riurik to Putin, at all levels of the hierarchies at all times and places, it was inescapable.
The disloyal Azef failed to alert them in September to a plan to recruit and arm two sailors scheduled to be aboard the cruiser Riurik as it arrived newly built from Glasgow at the Kronstadt fortress.
The old quest of finding a northern sea route between Europe and Asia was the primary aim of Otto von Kotzebue's voyage in the Riurik in 1816.
The house of Riurik, the royal dynasty that had presided over Russia's fortunes since before Christianization, came to an end in 1598 with the death of Tsar Fedor I.
(13) Although noble by birth, descended from Prince Mikhail Vsevolodovich of Chernigov and in the line of descent from Riurik, like many other members of the Russian nobility, Odoveskii had to work in government service to support himself.
My ancestors were German." (43) According to the Stepennaia kniga, a genealogy compiled early in Ivan's reign, the House of Riurik which had ruled Russia since the ninth century descended from a fictitious Prus, a "close brother" of "holy" Augustus, who governed the Roman provinces (sic) of Prussia in what is now northern Poland.
(7) Not only do Western scholars typically treat the Riurik dynasty as originating in a band of invading Scandinavians, but quite often many aspects of old East Slavic culture are reduced to Scandinavian importations.
The Romans knew it only because of their defeats; the barbarians of the north, the children of Odin and Riurik, sailed along its waters to pillage Constantinople." (138) Segur thus emphasized the superiority of contemporary "Romans"--the French--over the ancient ones who had suffered defeat along the Dnieper.