The Byzantine Empire was the Eastern half of the Old Roman Empire. The Byzantine Empire had a major impact on Russia. Many ideas of the Byzantine Empire were brought to Russia through trade, like Cyrillic alphabet, religion, art work and architecture. The Byzantine Empire helped preserve the knowledge, art and ideas of the Roman and Greek cultures. They also made The Justinian's code of laws. The capitol of the Byzantine Empire was Constantinople untill the Outtoman Empire took over. The Byzantine government was an absolutist autocracy.