Holy Rus

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Holy Rus. Picture of famous Russian painter Mikhail Nesterov, 1901—1906

Holy Rus alike with The Rus - the Kingdom of Heaven, the eternal czardom of God in the Heaven and on the Earth, is an important religious and philosophical concept which appeared and developed from the 8th to the 21st centuries by people in East Europe and Central Eurasia. The meaning of the concept is close or almost the same as the concepts of Holy Israel or Kingdom of Heaven, known to the people of Western-European Civilization.


The concept was closely connected with the word Rus, known among East Slavic people from the 8th century AD. This religious concept developed through ages in close connection with Orthodox Russian Christianity which cannot be understand in its wholeness without the idea of Holy Rus.

The idea of Holy Rus can be explained as the idea of Kingdom of Heaven well-known to every Christian over the world, but developed in the realities of society of Central Eurasia under the strong influence of ancient East Slavic Orthodox Christian culture.

The idea made great impact on the emergence and development of many states and societies in East Europe and Central Eurasia through centuries: the ancient principality of Rus (the Rus of Kyiv), the Russian principalities in the state structure of Mongol Empire, Empire of Great Horde, the Russian Czardom and Russian Empire of the 16th to 20th centuries and even on the emergence and development of the Soviet Union which gave the birth to modern Russian (Russian Federation), Ukrainian (Ukraine) and Belorussian Republics.

The idea also made great impact on the development of identity of three modern Russian nations: Russians, Ukrainians and Belorussians.

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