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I. General

Russia (Russ. Rossiya) has been known by that name only since the early 18th century (Peter the Great). Previously the name Rus’ had been in common use; the earliest documents used it to designate both the land and its people. The origin of the term Rus’, a feminine singular noun, is disputed; etymologically it most likely derives from Finnish Ruotsi (“Sweden”).

The historical and geographical heartland of Russia can be defin…

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Wasmuth, Jennifer, Grill, Tobias and Felmy, Karl Christian, “Russia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024672>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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