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He was the fifth or sixth son of Mstislav I Vladimirovich. His mother was Mstislav's second wife, the daughter of Dmitri Zavidich, posadnik of Novgorod. He married the daughter of Beli the Blind Princeof Ugra (a Hungarian ban). His sons were Rostislav, Mstislav and Yaroslav prince of Dorogobuzh. He was prince of Dorogobuzh and then was called to be prince of Kyiv in 1171 to rule with his nephews (the Rostislavichi) and help with their wars against Andrei Yur'yevich of Suzdal. He was there in 15 February but on 10 May he sucumbed to a major illness and died. He is shown in this family chart.


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