Volodymyr I was born on July 15 in the year 956 and was made prince of Novograd in 970. He was born into pagan lineage and in 988, he merged military alliances with the Byzantine Emperor Basil II and married Basil’s sister Anne. (Christianity, Religion, and Spirituality Directory)
It was through marriage, that Volodymyr became a Christian and sought to Christianize the towns of Kiev and Novograd.
He took down
the statues of pagans and idols and established churches and monasteries
Volodymyr was the first Christian ruler in
Bust of Volodymyr the Great The Cleveland Memory Project
The New Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, vol. 12, p. 411-12, 2002