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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 in English as Ivan the Terrible, was Grand Prince of Moscow and Sovereign of all Russia from 1533, and the first Tsar of all Russia from 1547 until his death in 1584. Ivan came from the imperial bloodline of Byzantine Palaiologos family through his grandmother Sophia Palaiologina. Ivan was the son of Vasili III and succeeded him 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 8,559,747 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Ivan the Terrible is the 76th most popular politician (down from 69th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Russia (down from 14th in 2019) and the 8th 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 76 out of 15,577Before him are Huang Xianfan, Muammar Gaddafi, Ronald Reagan, Frederick the Great, Darius the Great, and Murad III. After him are Richard I of England, Napoleon III, Rama, Joe Biden, Ashoka, and Hirohito.

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

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Among people born in Russia, Ivan the Terrible ranks 15 out of 3,262Before him are Peter the Great (1672), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Anton Chekhov (1860), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840). After him are Grigori Rasputin (1869), Alexander Pushkin (1799), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Igor Stravinsky (1882), and Kim Jong-il (1941).


Among politicians born in Russia, Ivan the Terrible ranks 8Before him are Vladimir Putin (1952), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Peter the Great (1672), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), and Nicholas II of Russia (1868). After him are Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Alexander III of Russia (1845), Yuri Andropov (1914), and Paul I of Russia (1754).