I heard a programme about the history of Russian and Ukraine the other day. No mention of my favourite Ukrainian but it was interesting all the same. The story of a pagan Russian prince keen to choose a new religion for his subjects was recounted.
It seems he sent envoys out to study the major religions around him but rejected Islam because "Drinking is the joy of the Russians". He also rejected Judaism, though whether this was because "bacon is the breakfast of the Russians" they didn't say. In the end he went with Orthodox Christianity and the rest is history. I wonder if things would have turned out differently if he didn't drink?