Летописное известие 6504 (996) г. о «казнях» и «вирах»: попытка интерпретации
The article gives a new interpretation for the account of the “Primary Chronicle” of the Year 6504 Anno Mundi (996 AD). The account tells that prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich introduced the death penalty for murderers but later replaced the death penalty with fines. Petr Stefanovich suggests that the account is an allegory or parable (myth) which aimed at justifying the prince’s legislative authority as based upon Christian values and public law. He dates the text to the 30-60s of the 11th century.