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St Vladimir

(d. 1015)

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(d. 1015),

Apostle of the Russians and Ukrainians. Brought up as a pagan, he took Kiev from his elder brother and then subjugated large areas of White Russia. He helped the Byzantine Emp. Basil II to quell a revolt and c.989 he married the Emperor's sister Anne. Henceforth he was an ardent promoter of Christianity, which he imposed by force. Feast day, 15 July.

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