Byzantine Empire and Russia
862 A.D.-Rurik takes control of Novgorod
987 A.D.-Vladimir I converts to Christianity
1019-1054 A.D.-Reign of Yaroslav the Wise and introduction of the Pravda Russia
Kiev gained strength under Vladimir and his son, Yaroslav the Wise. Yaroslav set up close ties between church and state. Russian rulers, eventually controlled the church, making it dependent on them for support. The Russian Orthodox Church became a pillar of state power. In addition to giving legal status to the Church, Yaroslav had many religious texts translated into the Slavic language. He made improvements to the city and issued a written law code. However, Kiev declined after his death as rival families battled for the throne.