Rurik (Russian: Рюрик) was a figure of disputed origins, who came from Scandinavia and ruled over Novgorod in the mid 800s. His descendants established the Rurikid Dynasty in Kiev. His name is from a Norse version of the English name Roderick or Spanish Rodrigo. Hypothesized to be a Viking, has has also been suggested to have been a German, or even entirely fictional.

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