Ivan the Terrible

1530 - 1584

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Ivan IV Vasilyevich (Russian: Иван IV Васильевич; 25 August 1530 – 28 March [O.S. 18 March] 1584), commonly known as Ivan the Terrible, was Grand Prince of Moscow and all Russia from 1533 to 1547, and the first Tsar and Grand Prince of all Russia from 1547 until his death in 1584. Ivan's reign was characterised by Russia's transformation from a medieval state to an empire, but at an immense cost to its people and long-term economy. Ivan IV was the eldest son of Vasili III by his second wife Elena Glinskaya, and a grandson of Ivan III. He succeeded his father after his death, when he was three years old. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan the Terrible has received more than 9,898,742 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Ivan the Terrible is the 102nd most popular politician (down from 75th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Russia (down from 15th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Russian Politician.

Ivan the Terrible was the first tsar of Russia. He was a cruel and ruthless leader who conquered the Russian people. He was most famous for his conquests, which he used to expand Russia's borders.

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Among politicians, Ivan the Terrible ranks 102 out of 19,576Before him are Philip II of Spain, Murad III, Kösem Sultan, Diocletian, Mahmoud Abbas, and Margaret Thatcher. After him are Boris Yeltsin, Wilhelm II, German Emperor, Darius the Great, Heinrich Himmler, Angela Merkel, and Franz Joseph I of Austria.

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Among people born in 1530, Ivan the Terrible ranks 1After him are Jean Bodin, Étienne de La Boétie, Uesugi Kenshin, Yasuke, Jean Nicot, Ruy López de Segura, Anastasia Romanovna, Louis, Prince of Condé, Jan Kochanowski, Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Christopher Báthory. Among people deceased in 1584, Ivan the Terrible ranks 1After him are William the Silent, Charles Borromeo, Francis, Duke of Anjou, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Jan Kochanowski, Yi I, Balthasar Gérard, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, Marcantonio Colonna, Mehmed II Giray, and Pieter Pourbus.

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Among people born in Russia, Ivan the Terrible ranks 16 out of 3,761Before him are Peter the Great (1672), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Grigori Rasputin (1869), and Alexander Pushkin (1799). After him are Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Ayn Rand (1905), and Alexander I of Russia (1777).


Among politicians born in Russia, Ivan the Terrible ranks 7Before him are Vladimir Lenin (1870), Vladimir Putin (1952), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Peter the Great (1672), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), and Nicholas II of Russia (1868). After him are Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Yuri Andropov (1914), and Alexander III of Russia (1845).