Oleg I Svyatoslavich Rurik of the Drevlyans, Prince of the Drevlyans, was born before 957 to Svyatoslav I Igorevich of Kiev (c942-972) and Predslava and died 877 Ovruch of battle wounds.

Oleg was a Rurikid ruler of the Drevlyans from 969 to his death in 977.[1] He was the second son of Svyatoslav I of Kiev.

Date of birth is not known, but is probably before 957. Svyatoslav split up his domains, and gave the Drevlyan lands to Oleg. Oleg and his brother Yaropolk went to war after their father's death. According to Primary chronicle, Oleg killed Lyut, the son of Yaropolk's chief adviser and military commander Sveneld, when he hunted in the Drevlyan lands which Oleg regarded as his own.[2] In an act of revenge and at the insistence of Sveneld, Yaropolk went to war against his brother Oleg and killed him in Ovruch. Oleg was killed incidentally on the run in moat, and Yaropolk did regret this. Then, Yaropolk sent his men to Novgorod, from which his other brother Vladimir had fled on receiving the news about Oleg's death. Yaropolk became the sole ruler of Rus'.

In 1044 Yaroslav I the Wise had Oleg's bones exhumed, christened, and reburied in the Church of the Tithes.[3]

Possible descendants

There is a Czech legend (mentioned by Jan Amos Komenský (in Spis o rodu Žerotínů), Bartosz Paprocki and Bohuslav Balbín, among others), that the noble House of Zierotin descends from a certain Oleg of Rus (see ru:Олег Моравский for details).


  1. ^ W. Dworzaczek, Genealogia, Warszawa 1959, tabl. 21.
  2. ^ Alexander Nazarenko. Древняя Русь на международных путях. Moscow, 2001. ISBN 5-7859-0085-8. Page 361.
  3. ^ The Notion of "Uncorrupted Relics" in Early Russian Culture, Gail Lenhoff, Christianity and the Eastern Slavs: Slavic cultures in the Middle Ages, Vol. I, ed. B. Gasparov, Olga Raevsky-Hughes, (University of California Press, 1993), 264.
Oleg of Drelinia
Born:  ? Died: 977
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Prince of Drevlians
Succeeded by
Pretenders to the title
Preceded by
Yaropolk I
Prince of Kiev
Succeeded by
Vladimir the Great

Oleg had no known children, but the House of Zierotin claims descent.


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