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The period of the white nights occurs in June and attracts thousands of tourists to St. Petersburg. Because the city is so far north, the sun does not drop far enough below the horizon for the sky to get dark. ” Her rule ran from 1762 to 1796, and her greatest accomplishments resulted in her empire’s expansion south and west. She was less successful at managing corruption in her own aristocratic circles and in gauging the opposition to serfdom (slavery). Catherine opposed democratic revolutions in the United States and France.

Over the next few centuries, they were conquered by the powerful Mongol Huns, led by Attila, then by the Mongol Avars and the Khazars. Between attacks, the Slavs pushed their own domain outward. In such a busy area, it became apparent that the Russians needed cover. Eventually, they sought the guidance and council of a great and powerful nation to the north—the Varangians, known also as the Vikings. This was a fateful invitation. THE VARANGIAN LINK AND DAWN OF THE RUS In about 860, the Varangians sent a man named Rurik to lead the Russians.

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