Ivan the Terrible

1530 - 1584

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Ivan IV Vasilyevich (Russian: Ива́н Васи́льевич; 25 August 1530 – 28 March [O.S. 18 March] 1584), commonly known in English as Ivan the Terrible (from Russian: Ива́н Гро́зный​ , romanized: Ivan Grozny, lit. "Ivan the Formidable" or "Ivan the Fearsome", Latin: Ioannes Severus, monastic name: Jonah), was the grand prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and the first Tsar of all Russia from 1547 to 1584. Ivan was the son of Vasili III, the Rurikid ruler of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, he was appointed grand prince after his father's 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 7,193,237 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Ivan the Terrible is the 69th most popular politician (down from 67th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Russia and the 6th 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 69 out of 15,710Before him are Benjamin Franklin, Kim Il-sung, Nebuchadnezzar II, Lorenzo de' Medici, Francisco Franco, and Ronald Reagan. After him are Richard I of England, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Nikita Khrushchev, Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, Selim II, and Napoleon III.

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Among people born in 1530, Ivan the Terrible ranks 1After him are Jean Bodin, Étienne de La Boétie, Louis, Prince of Condé, Uesugi Kenshin, Jean Nicot, Anastasia Romanovna, Yasuke, Ruy López de Segura, Jan Kochanowski, Christopher Báthory, and Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. 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, Jan Kochanowski, Balthasar Gérard, Marcantonio Colonna, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, and Pieter Pourbus.

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Among people born in Russia, Ivan the Terrible ranks 14 out of 2,688Before him are Dmitri Mendeleev (1834), Anton Chekhov (1860), Peter the Great (1672), Alexander Pushkin (1799), Vladimir Putin (1952), and Nicholas II of Russia (1868). After him are Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Grigori Rasputin (1869), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Igor Stravinsky (1882), and Kim Jong-il (1941).


Among politicians born in Russia, Ivan the Terrible ranks 6Before him are Vladimir Lenin (1870), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Peter the Great (1672), Vladimir Putin (1952), and Nicholas II of Russia (1868). After him are Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), and Alexander III of Russia (1845).