Svyatoslav (d. 972 g) — Prince of Novgorod, with 945 of Kiev. Son of Grand Prince Igor Rurikovich and Princess Olga (first of the Towns of rulers converted to Christianity), and tried to convert him, but before the end of Sviatoslav remained loyal to the faith of the Ancestors, explaining that a Christian would not enjoy credibility with the squads.
He was famous as a great general Svyatoslav, who NM Karamzin called "Alexander (the Great) of our ancient history."
"Going Svyatoslav 965-968 years are like a single saber stroke, draw a map of Europe on a wide semi-circle of the Middle Volga to the Caspian Sea and on the North Caucasus and the Black Sea region to the Balkan lands of Byzantium" — Rybakov BA
Date of birth unknown, is 942 year (calendar 6450 Summer Rusko from S.M.Z.H.). Also occurs 920 years, but it is contrary to the known facts about the reign of Svyatoslav.
Sons — Yaropolk, Oleg and Vladimir (Prince, who baptized Rus).
Description colorful appearance Sviatoslav left Byzantine historian Leo the Deacon:
— "… A moderate growth, not too high and not too low, with bushy eyebrows and a light-blue eyes, snub-nosed, beardless, with thick, long hair over his upper lip. His head was completely naked, but with one side of her hanging lock of hair — a sign of nobility kind, strong neck, broad chest, and all other parts of the body is quite proportionate, but he looked grim and stern. In one ear, he had vdeta gold earring, it was decorated with emeralds, framed by two pearls. His garment was white and different from his garments close only visible purity "
Svyatoslav was 4 years old took part in the marches. According to "The Tale of Bygone Years" with 964 years "when Svetoslav grew and matured, he began to gather a lot of brave warriors, and fast was like Pardus [cheetah], and a lot of fighting. In the campaigns did not drove behind him no carts, no boiler, no cooked meat, but, thinly sliced horse meat, or beast, or roast beef and grilled, so ate it had no tent, but slept postilaya numnah with a saddle at the head — so were the rest of his men. And he sent to other lands, saying: "I go to you! '"
I go to you!
Before the military campaign Prince Sviatoslav sent a messenger to the enemy with a brief message — "I'm going to you!". In drevneruskom language nominative and accusative match so Sviatoslav said "I'm coming for you," deliberately preventing their military plans, which at first glance counterintuitive, but the Svyatoslav had his account.
He was an accomplished military leader and one of its notification brought confusion into the ranks of the enemies, making preparations for ratification with foreboding. We can say, Sviatoslav — the first Russian Private Prince, who used the method of information and psychological war. Forcing the enemy to collect all the power in one place for a decisive battle. Thereby avoiding the debilitating campaigns and battles with individual units and ambushes that makes war a long and inefficient.
Svyatoslav army attacked the enemy "wall" — 20 long rows, covered with closed to the growth of human shields, each soldier a long spear, long sword, bow and arrows and zasapozhny knife, to which the case is usually not reached. "The Wall" closed shields, struck powerful blows at the enemy with spears first, second and third rows.
"Dictionary of winged words and expressions", Vadim Serov
There is also a version of the expression "I'm going to you!" Has religious overtones. Thus Prince Svyatoslav Indicates that holy war, gate of life will be sacrificed to God Perun, their fate is sealed.
Monument to the Great Prince of Kiev Svyatoslav I. (sculptor — Vyacheslav Canines)
The monument is dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish Khazar Khaganate. Installed in 2005 in the Belgorod region near Holkinskim monastery.