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Alexander Nevsky
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Biblical Character
    (May 30, 1220-November 14, 1263)
    Grand Prince of Novgorod and Kiev
    Subject of the movie 'Aleksandr Nevskiy' by Sergei Eisenstein (1938)
    His grandfather was named Vsevolod the Big Nest.
    His name is spelled a lot of different ways; sometimes it's Aleksandr Nevski.
    He didn't get along with Russia's boyars.
    He was kicked out of Novgorod.
    He let his country remain a vassal of the Mongols.
    He and his foot soldiers defeated an army of German and Swedish invaders in 1240 and 1242.
    His name, ‘Nevsky,' means ‘of the Neva,' a reference to the Neva River, where he won his first military victory.
    He probably appeased the Mongols to keep them from invading Russia.
    He signed a peace treaty with Norway.
    He was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1547.
    Sergei Eisenstein directed a film about him.
    He is a symbol of Russian patriotism.

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