Ancient Russian Exhibit
Rurik is a prince of a Varangian (viking) tribe called the Rus, and he ruled over Novgorod in 862. This year is where Russians traditionally date the origins of their country.
Princess Olga of Kiev converted to Byzantine Christianity in 957, which spread widely through the reign of Vladimir I, her grandson. After Vladimir's conversion, he married the sister of a Byzantine emperor, and made Orthodox Christianity the religion of Rus. Soon afterwards, Russia adopted many different aspects of the Byzantine culture. They took after their art, music, and architecture, transforming their rounded domes into their famous onion shaped domes.
Yaroslav the Wise
Vladimir I ruled over Kiev along side his father, Yaroslav the Wise. With both of them, Kiev was able to win military victories and spread Christianity.