Malusha was born 940 to Malk Lyubchanin and died 1020 of unspecified causes.

Malusha/Malfrida[1][2] (Old Ruthenian: Малушa, Old Norse: Málfríðr)[3] historically is known as a servant (kholopka) for Olga of Kiev and concubine of Svyatoslav I of Kiev. According to Slavonic chronicles, she was the mother of Vladimir the Great and sister of Dobrynya. The Norse sagas describe Vladimir's mother as a prophetess who lived to the age of 100 and was brought from her cave to the palace to predict the future.

Statue of Malusha , with her young son Vladimir the Great in Korosten, Ukraine



  1. ^ Vladimir Plougin: Russian Intelligence Services: The Early Years, 9th-11th Centuries, Algora Publ., 2000
  2. ^ History of Ukraine-Rus': From prehistory to the eleventh century, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 1997
  3. ^ Málfríðr


Offspring of Svyatoslav I Igorevich of Kiev (c942-972) and Malusha
Name Birth Death Joined with
Vladimir I Svyatoslavich of Kiev (c958-1015) 958 Pskov, Pskov Rayon, Pskov Oblast, Russia 15 July 1015 Berestove, Kiev, Ukraine Olava (c960-c995)
unnamed Greek nun
Rogneda Rogvolodovna of Polotsk (962-1002)
Malfrida (c965-1000)
Anna Porphyrogenita (963-1011)
Unknown von Schwaben (?-?)
Sfengus Svyatoslavich (c960-c1020) 1020 990



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