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Catherine the Great on Rurik and the origin of the Rus
Anyone have translations from her writings and the play, Из жизни Рюрика, историческое представление – Iz zhizni Rurika (From Rurik’s Life)?

Translation I found online.

Catherine II
Notes on Russian history

The name Rus and Rusia, although at first belonged to a small part of the people, but then by the mind, courage and courage of the same people spread everywhere, and the Rus acquired a great expanse of land.

The limit is one from Finland to the east to the belt mountains and from the White Sea to the south to the Dvina and the Polotsk region; and so all of Corelia, part of Lapland, great Russia and Pomorie with present-day Permia, was called Russia before the advent of the Slavs. Lake Ladoga was called the Russian Sea.

The Greeks knew the name Rus long before Rurik.

Northern foreign writers call ancient Russia by different names, for example: Barmia or Perm, Gordoriki, Ostorgardia, Hunigardia, Ulmigardia and Holmo-guardia.

Latins called Russia Ruthenia.

All northern writers say that the Rus in the north through the Baltic Sea (which the Rus called the Varangian Sea) went to Denmark, Sweden and Norway for bidding.

Midday historians say about the Rus that since ancient times they traveled by sea with trade to India, Syria and Egypt.

The law, or Code of the ancient Russian, proves the antiquity of writing in Russia. Russ long before Rurik had a letter.

The city of the ancient Rus was located above the mouth of the Lovat near Ilmen Lake, and to this day Staraya Rus or Rusa is called.

The city of Staraya Rusa was formerly Novgorod.

The Slavs, when they took possession of the Rus, then built a new city in Russia, in contrast to Old Russia or Staradogarderiki, they called the New City the Great, and they began to live here, while people from Old Russia moved to Novgorod.

Russian writers named the great city Ladoga, where the village of Staraya Ladoga is now, and before the transfer of the princely capital to Novgorod, the Grand Throne of the princes was in Staraya Ladoga.

Near Staraya Ladoga, the ruins are still visible, which are reputed to be the house of the Grand Duke Rurik.
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