In 1390 Prince Vasili of Moscow, in alliance with Toktamish, khan of the Golden Horde of the Mongols, took Nizhniy and established his own governors there; in 1417 it was definitely annexed to Moscow, becoming a stronghold for the further advance of that principality towards the east.
With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part.
"What a delightful woman this little princess is!" said Prince Vasili to Anna Pavlovna.
He wished to say something more, but at that moment Prince Vasili and his daughter got up to go and the two young men rose to let them pass.