Oleg of the Drevlyans

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Russian: Олег Святославич
Death: Died
Cause of death: Killed
Immediate Family:

Son of Князь Киевский Святослав Игоревич and Malusha
Half brother of Sfeng / Spheng Rurikid; Jaropolk I; Adele of Kiev and Malfryda of Kiev

Occupation: княз на древляните, Князь древлянский, Последний король Моравии
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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About Oleg of the Drevlyans


Oleg Sviatoslavich (killed [976/77] at the entry to Ovruch town). The Primary Chronicle names Yaropolk, Oleg and Vladimir as grandsons of Olga. His father designated him in 972 as a ruler for Drevlians. The source which records the name of Oleg´s mother, and the fact that he was illegitimate, has not yet been identified. After a dispute with his brother Yaropolk over hunting rights, the latter attacked and defeated Oleg, who was pushed from the bridge leading into Ovruch, and later buried at Vruchiy. The Primary Chronicle records that "the bodies of the two princes Yaropolk and Oleg sons of Sviatoslav" were buried in the Church of the Holy Virgin after being baptized in 1044.


Oleg was from 969 to his death in 977 the ruler of Drevlian lands, a region which is today in the western Ukraine, (Chernobyl). He was a son of Sviatoslav I of Kiev. Date of birth is not known, but is probably before 957. Sviatoslav split up his domains and gave Drevlian 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 Drevlian lands which Oleg regarded as his own. 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 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 commanded baptism of Oleg bones and reburial in Church of the Tithes. By opinion of Jan Amos Komenský (in Spis o Rodu Žerotínů), Bartosz Paprocki and Bohuslav Balbín, he was ancestor of the House of Zierotin.

Олег Святославич (род. ок. 962 - ум. 977) - сын киевского кн. Святослава Игоревича. В 970 получил от отца Древлянскую землю. В 975 на охоте Олег Святославич убил зашедшего в его леса Люта, сына Свенельда. Чтобы отомстить, Свенельд начал уговаривать Ярополка Святославича, старшего брата Олега Святославича, отнять у Олега Святославича его земли. В 977 дружина Олега Святославича потерпела поражение в сражении с дружиной Ярополка; Олег Святославич бежал в г. Овручь. В давке Олег Святославич был сброшен в ров с моста у городских ворот и погиб.

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