As 988 was decreed by the Moscow Patriarchate as the date o f the Christianization o f Russia, 1988, the date o f the millennium, was also the year o f proliferation o f conferences and o f articles and books devoted to various aspects o f it. N ot that there were not innumerable similar works in the century preceding the millennium. There were. The result is that one is swamped by a large number o f diverse scholarly views on practically every aspect o f Russia’s ‘entry into Christendom’. Before choosing a path through the cluttered scholar­ ship on the subject, w e'm ust first have a look at the primary sources themselves.