Igor is often criticized by historians for his short-sighted decisions that ultimately led to his premature demise. Regardless of how one judges his life, Igor was one of the first Russian princes and a founder of the ancient Russian state.
To answer the question of what Prince Igor Rurikovich did for Rus’ we can briefly list his main achievements during his reign:
- The Drevlyans were forced to pay tribute again
- The beginning of the confrontation with the Pechenegs.
- The first campaign on Constantinople in 941 was unsuccessful, but the result of the second campaign in 943 was a new peace treaty with Byzantium in 944.
- The Byzantine emperor resumed paying tribute.
- The new treaty limited Rus’s claims on Chersonesus and ordered the protection of Byzantine possessions in Crimea from the Bulgarians.
- Rus’ and Byzantium pledged to help each other with troops upon request.
- The Rus were obligated not to interfere with Greek fishermen at the mouth of the Dnieper, and they themselves were not allowed to winter there, as well as in Beloberezhie and near St. Euphemia.
- Unlike the treaty between Byzantium and Oleg, the Rus no longer had the right to duty-free trade in Constantinople.
- The Ulch people were subjugated and paid tribute.
- The collection of tribute from the Drevlyans and Ulch people was entrusted to the voivode Sveneld.
- When attempting to collect tribute from the Drevlyans again, Igor was killed.