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Oleg Svyatoslavich of Chernigov ( ), sometimes also styled as of Tmutarakan, was a Rurikid prince whose equivocal adventures ignited political unrest in Kievan Rus at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries.

One of the sons of Sviatoslav II of Kiev, Oleg was named after his grand uncle. In the 1070s, he ruled the towns of Rostovmarker and Lutskmarker, whence he made a raid into Bohemia in 1076. The same year his father died in Kievmarker and was succeeded by his brother Vsevolod. Failing to get along with him, Oleg had to flee to a distant Chernigovian domain on the Black Seamarker shore, called Tmutarakan. There, in 1078, he made an alliance with the Kipchaks, and with their support returned to his father's patrimony, Chernigov (modern Chernihivmarker). It was the first time when Slavic princes, in order to achieve their ends, brought pagan hordes to the walls of Russian cities.

On October 3, 1078 Oleg's forces clashed with Vsevolod of Kiev at the Nezhatinnaya Niva (or Nezhatina Niva, today's Nizhynmarker). He was defeated and escaped to Tmutarakan, where the Khazars had him imprisoned and sent in chains to Constantinoplemarker. The emperor, who was a relative and ally of Vsevolod, exiled him to Rhodesmarker. There he married a noble lady, Theophano Mouzalonissa, who bore him several children.

Four years later, we again find him active in Tmutarakan, where he adopted the title "archon of Khazaria". In 1094, he returned with the Kipchaks to Rus and captured Chernigov. There ensued a prolonged internecine struggle with his cousins Sviatopolk and Vladimir Monomakh. One of the most prominent princes of Kievan period who never attained the Kievan throne, he died on August 1, 1115 and was buried in Chernigov.

The Tale of Igor's Campaign styles him Gorislavich, poetically deriving his patronymic from the Russian word for sorrow. His descendants, known as Olgovichi, were archrivals of Vladimir's descendants (known as Monomakhovichi) in their struggle for supremacy in Rus.

His son was Igor II of Kiev.


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