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Notes: As poorly as her namesake predecessor was regarded, the RURIK was just the opposite; "the best large ship laid down for the Russian Navy up to 1905, and one of the best armored cruisers ever built." (Conway's FIGHTING SHIPS: 1860-1905, p. 191 -- see Bibliography) Her 10" mountings were capable of 35º elevation, and flooding arrangements and drenching sprays in her magazines were far ahead of British practice. RURIK was completed with a mainmast only; in 1917, a foremast was added, which was quickly converted to a tripod mast. Two 3-pdr. AA guns were added during the war, as well as a single 40mm AA gun.
After her completion, RURIK underwent firing trials. During those trials, the riveting and stiffening of the 10" barbettes and her starboard bow 8" barbette were found to be too light. Following improvements, RURIK entered service with the Baltic Fleet in July, 1909, in time to take part in the Spithead Review. RURIK became flagship of the First Cruiser Brigade, and served as such during the First World War. RURIK was fitted with rails for minelaying, and could carry up to 400 mines when so employed. RURIK was badly damaged twice during World War I; on 13 February 1915 by grounding while minelaying off Gotland, and on 19 November 1916, when she struck a mine. She also took part in a gun duel with German cruisers off Gotland on 2 July 1915, but only suffered minor damage.
RURIK was laid up at the end of 1918, and sold for scrap in 1923; breaking up was not completed until some time in 1930.