Course OverviewRurik was a Varangian chieftain who gained control of Ladoga in 862, built the Holmgard settlement near Novgorod, and founded the Rurik Dynasty, which ruled Kievan Rus (and later Grand Duchy of Moscow and Tsardom of Russia) until the 17th century. A short film will be shown that traces the history of the Rus and the Rurik Dynasty. We will also discuss which DNA markers are most identified with the bloodline of Rurik.
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