January 01, 2010

Ivan the Terrible

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   1565: Ivan divides Russia

in december 1564 the tsar vanished from Moscow. After a while, he turned up at his remote, out-of-town residence, Alexandrova Sloboda. It soon emerged that Ivan Vasilyevich (aka “the Terrible”) had taken the state treasury with him, along with Moscow’s most venerated icons. But the biggest blow was that the tsar himself had left.

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