Later, the princes of Novgorod was hired to "contract work", mainly on the period of military action. If the prince did not suit 'employers', it could safely drive., With the advent of Novgorod Rurik begins to strengthen, which gradually acquired the status of second largest center of Kievan Rus. Location at the junction of the way 'from the Vikings to the Greeks' with the Volga contributes to the development of crafts, trade and culture. Participation in the Novgorod prince conquests expands the boundaries of Novgorod, and the beginning of xii century, they have include part of the Baltic States and Karelia, southern Finland, southern coast of Lake Ladoga, , coast of the Northern Dvina and the vast spaces of the European North. All this contributes to the fact that in 1136 the city became the center of a huge Novgorod feudal republic managed by Vechem (a prototype of the modern democratic system.) Glory Novgorod is growing and is already in the chronicles in 1169, he referred to as the 'Great'. Sami Novgorod call him 'Mister' or 'The Emperor' Veliky Novgorod. Trade relations Novgorod spread from Flanders and the Hanseatic cities to the Ugra land, from Scandinavia to and Constantinople.
Settlements in Novgorod merchants appear on the island of Gotland, the Swedish and Estonian Siggune Lindanise (Tallinn). In turn, merchants from Gotland in the middle of the xii century. unfold in the Novgorod trade gothic courtyards, and another – German, opened the merchants of the Hanseatic League. , B the heyday of the Republic (XIV – xv in the first half.) population of the city is about 30 thousand people, and he divided into 5 self-control in urban areas or ends: Nerevsky, Lyudin (Goncharsky) Zagorodsky, Slavensky and Carpenter.