The medieval Russian state, established c. 862 by Scandinavian traders and warriors led by Rurik, who founded a dynasty at Novgorod. In 882 his successor moved the capital to Kiev, the center of Kievan Russia.
Origin of RusRussian Rus', from Old Russian Rusĭ, group of Vikings, Rus; see Russian.
- Abbreviation of Russian.
AnagramsSee also: rus.