Pihkva Vladimir's campaign to Ugaunia

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September 1216

Russians were mainly upset because the Germans had converted Ugaunia, county that was considered as a tax payer to Russian princes.

Russians took their rage out on Ugaunians, blaming them for accepting German baptizing. Standing between a rock and a hard place, Ugaunians turned to the Germans, asking for their help against Russians.

Vladimir, who had become the prince of Pihkva for the second time, began to implement the anti-German politics of Pihkva boyars, and took his army to Estonia. There he captured Otepää fort without any significant resistance, and devastated the areas nearby.

Also local Germans suffered: one of the merchants who had lost all of his possessions, took a message to Riga, relaying the events. In Riga, conclusions were drawn and Russians were now considered as the enemies of the church in Livonia.

Image: kreml in Pihkva

Allikad: Ain Mäesalu, Tõnis Lukas, Mati Laur, Tõnu Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I. Avita: Tallinn 1995;

Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis. Vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Olion: Tallinn 1990


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