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Maximus, Metropolitan of all Rus
Maximus was of Greek origin. During the war between Nogay and Tokhta Khan of the Golden Horde and war between the latter and the Polovtsy, Maximus left Kiev in 1299 and transferred the metropolitan chair to Vladimir. Maximus is known for his ecclesiastic trips to the Golden Horde and mediation between the quarreling princes of the Northeastern Russia (e.g., Dmitry Alexandrovich and Andrey Alexandrovich , sons of Alexander Nevsky). In 1301, Maximus attended a patriarch council in Constantinople. He supported the Grand Prince of Vladimir and Tver Mikhail Yaroslavich in his struggle with the appanage Prince of Moscow Yuri Danilovich for the title of Velikiy Knyaz.
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