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  • Ivan Iv, came to throne in 1533, when he was three years old. His young life were struggles for power among Russia's landowning nobles. He was not a absolute ruler.
  • When he was 16, Ivan seized power and had himself crowned czar. This title meant caesar, he was the first Russian ruler officially.
  • 1547-1560 was a good period for Ivan. He won great victories, added land to Russia, gave Russia a code of laws and ruled absolute just.
  • Ivans bad period began in 1560 after his wife died. He accused the boyars of poisoning her. He made a police force to kill all traitors
  • Using his secret police, Ivan executed many boyars and their families. Ivan got there estates and gave them to nobles.
  • In 1581, he killed his own son, Ivan died three years later and he only had one son left that took the throne and ruled.
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