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He calls it the Rha, which was the Scythian name for the river.
The Volga has many tributaries, most importantly the rivers Kama, the Oka, the Vetluga, and the Sura.
Such Volga cities as Atil, Saqsin, or Sarai were among the largest in the medieval world.
The river served as an important trade route connecting Scandinavia, Rus', and Volga Bulgaria with Khazaria and Persia.
Construction of Soviet Union-era dams often involved enforced resettlement of huge numbers of people, as well as destruction of their historical heritage.
For instance, the town of Mologa was flooded for the purpose of constructing the Rybinsk Reservoir (then the largest artificial lake in the world).