Novgorod Republic

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The Novgorod Republic ( ) was a large medieval Russian state which stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Ural Mountains between the 12th and 15th centuries, centred on the city of Novgorod. Citizens referred to their city-state as "His Majesty (or Sovereign) Lord Novgorod the Great" (Gosudar' Gospodin Velikiy Novgorod), or more often as "Lord Novgorod the Great" (Gospodin Velikiy Novgorod). The Republic prospered as the easternmost port of the Hanseatic League.


Originally Novgorod was the capital of the Rus until 882 when Oleg transferred the capital to Kiev. Since that time and up until 1019-1020 Novgorod was a part of Kievan Rus. Novgorod Princes were appointed by the Grand Prince of Kiev (usually one of the elder sons). Novgorod was sort of a spiritual center as by the legend it was the first city of Rus. Remarkably, to this day Novgorod still possesses the relics of the old traditional beliefs that preceded Christianity and are now part of the long forgotten history.

Novgorod continuously played a key role in the politics of Rus by assisting Vladimir the Great of Kiev, and later playing a key role in placing Yaroslav the Wise on the Kiev throne. One of his first actions as a Grand Prince was to grant loyal Novgorodians (who had helped him to regain the throne) numerous freedoms and privileges. Thus, the foundation for the Novgorod Republic was laid. While still being a part of Kiev Rus, Novgorod eventually evolved into a powerful regional...
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