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What is your source for that first Christianization by Askold & Dir?

Patriarchal encyclica of patriarch Photios, after that De administrando Imperii, also two arabian sources: Ibn Khordadbeh, when describing the Rus' in the 880s, notes that "they style themselves as Christians". This kind of phrasing suggests that he did not take these claims seriously. Al-Marwazi, reports that the Rus abandoned their wild pagan ways and raids, settling into Christianity in 912 AD.
Byzantine sources do not mention who lead Rossoi, but in Primary chronicle it was written that Askold and Dir lead attack on Constantinople.

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