THE FIRST RUSSIAN CZARINA (TSARITSA) - Anne of Byzantine was sister to Roman Emperor Vassiliy III and was chosen to become the first Christian wife of Vladimir, grandson of St Olga. She did all her best to reject the proposal of Russian Prince. So Vladimir captured one of main Byzantine cities and demanded Anne as his wife. Vladimir christened Russia after their marriage; the couple got one daughter. Anne was recognized as the first Tzaritza of Russia. Vladimir and Anne were buried together
Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal, Russia. #Suzdal is one of the lovely cities in the Golden Ring of Russia. It is about a 3 hour drive from #Moscow. A good tour of #Russia would include Moscow, the Golden Ring cities of Suzdal and Vladimir and #StPetersburg. This ancient monastery also has a prison which had as its most famous prisoner Friedrich Paulus the field marshall in charge of the Siege of Stalingrad.
Putin puts Crimean site under federal control. In this photo taken on Sunday, April 12, 2015, people gather at the area that was the ancient Greek colony of Chersonesus, and with the St. Vladimir's Cathedral in the background, just outside Sevastopol, the main port city in Crimea, the Black Sea Peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year [Credit: Alexander Polegenko/AP]
Feb 2012: People walk in a park with sign "For Putin" written on snow in downtown St Petersburg, Russia. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in support of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in cities across Russia.
Window in St. Demetrius' Cathedral (Vladimir, Russia). St. Demetrius' Cathedral is famous for its masterfully carved exterior, representing the Biblical story of king David. Regardless of which founding date is most accurate, the city's most historically significant events occurred after the turn of the 12th century. Serving its original purpose as a defensive outpost for the Rostov-Suzdal principality, Vladimir had little political or military influence throughout the reign of Vladimir…