5.233. How long ago in ancient Russia stopped human sacrifices? Human sacrifice was common in pagan society, including in ancient Russia. Very often they occurred after bloody battles: the enemy's blood was to atone for the blood of those who fell in battle, tribesmen. One of the most famous of these sacrifices come to pass in the year 971, during the siege of the city by the Byzantines Bulgarian Dorostol (modern Silistra), which had taken refuge behind the walls of the Grand Prince of Kiev Svyatoslav Igorevich. The night before the decisive battle Russ burned the bodies of their fallen soldiers, stabbing beforehand many prisoners both men and women. Among the sacrificed were infants, strangled Russ and roosters, which sank in the waters of the Danube. Another notable sacrifice took place in the year 983 after the return of the Grand Duke of Kiev Vladimir Svyatoslavovich yatvyazhskogo hike - just five years before the adoption of Christianity Kievan Rus. In later centuries of Russian paganism, when suppressed by the authorities, it resists attack Christianity, human sacrifice became even more frequent. Archaeological research conducted in 1982-1989 years on the river in the Carpathian Zbruch indicate that the custom of bringing people to sacrifice to the gods existed in Russia until the middle - the second half of the XIII century, that is, after more than two and a half centuries after her baptism when Christianity seemingly, already fully established itself in the Old Russian state.