Donskoj

1976 YP1. Discovered 1976 Dec. 16 by L. I. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named for Dmitrij Donskoj (1350-1389), Alexandr Nevskij's {see planet (5612)} great-grandson, grand prince of Moscow and Vladimir principalities. He led the Russian struggle against the Tatar-Mongolian yoke and was named Donskoj for his victory over the Tatar-Mongolians in the 1380 battle at Kulikovo field between the Don and the Nepryadva {see planet (2869)} rivers. This historic victory of joint Russian troops under Dmitrij's leadership began the liberation of Russian lands from the Tatars. (M 30097)

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