He was the first autocrat and the founder of the great Rurik dynasty. In 879 A.D. he died and left his little son Igor with his relative Oleg. Oleg did not become a patron of the little prince, but, being the oldest in the clan, got the power.
The Rurik Dynasty was the ruling dynasty of Russia from 862 to 1598. More precisely, though, Russia per se did not exist during this time. The state that existed from 862 until 1240 (see Mongol invasion of Russia) is called the Kievan Rus'. The Mongols forced the Rurikid rulers to withdraw to the city of Novgorod. After the 1480s, the dynasty ruled over a state called Muscovy and held court at Moscow.
The Rurikid dynasty went on to rule the Kievan Rus', and ultimately the Tsardom of Muscovy, until 1598. Numerous noble Russian and Ruthenian families claim a male-line descent from Rurik, and via Anne of Kiev, wife of Henry I of France, Rurikid ancestry can also be argued for numerous Western European lineages.
The Rurik dynasty or Rurikids (: , : , : ) was a founded by the prince , who established himself in around the year 862 AD. The Rurikids were the ruling of (after 862), the successor principalities of (after 1199), , , and the , and the founders of the . They ruled until 1598 and the , following which they were succeeded by the . They are one of Europe's oldest , with numerous existing .