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Let me tell you the story of Princess Olga of Kiev.
or How not to Piss off a Russian Princess
Princess Olga’s life was full of great deeds described in many historical records, as well as legendary facts that are still disputed by historians today.
The Birthplace of Princess Olga
According to the most traditional theory, recorded in the Primary Chronicle, Olga was born in Pskov ( a city in the northwest of Russia) into a family of Varyag origin. Varyags were also known as Vikings or Norsemen, who came to the territory of current Russia, Ukraine and Belarus during the 8th and 9th centuries. This theory about Olga’s birth also explains the origin of her name, which is derived from the Scandinavian “Helga.” Other historical versions state that Olga was either a daughter of Oleg Veshchy, the founder of the state of Kievan Rus, or had Bulgarian roots.
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