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Ivan IV

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("Ivan the Terrible") 1530–84, first czar of Russia 1547–84.
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Ivan IV

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known as Ivan the Terrible. 1530–84, grand duke of Muscovy (1533–47) and first tsar of Russia (1547–84). He conquered Kazan (1552), Astrakhan (1556), and Siberia (1581), but was defeated by Poland in the Livonian War (1558–82) after which his rule became increasingly oppressive
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Ivan the Terrible [(eye-vuhn, ee-vahn)]

A Russian czar of the sixteenth century. Ivan struggled constantly with the nobles of Russia and became famous for his brutality toward his enemies.

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