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Russian Leaders

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  • Period: Jan 31, 980 to Jul 15, 1015

    Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev

    He was one of the first ultimate rulers of Russia. His military conquest consolidated provinces of Kiev and Novgorod into one state.
  • Jan 1, 988

    Conversion to Christiantiy

    Conversion to Christiantiy
    Grand Prince Vladimir was the first ruler to become a Christian, His actions determined the course of Christianity in the region.
  • Jul 15, 1015

    Death of Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev

    Death of Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev
  • Period: Jan 1, 1458 to Jan 1, 1469

    Successful Military Campaigns

    Ivan III lead successful military campaigns against tartars in the South and East
  • Period: Jan 1, 1462 to Jan 1, 1505

    Ivan III (The Great)

    Ivan III believed in the development and expansion of Russia as an empire. He created the Muscovite (Russian) state.
  • Jan 1, 1485

    Control of Great Russia

    Control of Great Russia
    Ivan III had gained control of most of Great Russia by this time.
  • Jan 1, 1505

    Death Ivan III

  • Period: Jan 31, 1530 to

    Ivan IV (The Terrible)

    First ruler to call himself csar; which is derived from the old Russian term for Caesar. Was renowned for his outward conquests but it was his cruelty that made him infamous.
    Conquested places like Siberia. Created multiethnic and multiconfessional state.
  • Death of Ivan the Terrible

    Death of Ivan the Terrible
  • Romanov Dynasty

    Romanov Dynasty
    Micheal Romanov was founder of the Romanov dynasty. The dynasty rreigned until 1917.
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    Michael Romanov

    Michael Romanov made huge steps in remaking things that had been lost/destroyed during the rule of Ivan IV and other previous generations. He also gained temporary peace with Poland and Sweden.
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    Peter the Great

    Peter I (The Great) was a czar that modernized 18th Century Russia. He expanded the empire into a large power comparable to those in Europe. He introduced European-like military, social, and civil reforms. He also conquered land by the Baltic Sea and founded St. Petersburg.
  • Death of Peter the Great

    Death of Peter the Great
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    Catherine The Great

    Catherine the Great became the longest-ruling female leader in Russia's history. Through her reign, she fought to increase the empire's power. Her reign was also considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire.
  • Death of Catherine the Great

    Death of Catherine  the Great
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    Alexander II

    Alexander II became emperor of Russia. He established important reforms, including one towards the abolition of serfdom.
  • War with Ottoman Empire

    War with Ottoman Empire
    Alexander II lead a successful war against the Ottoman Empire. In the process, he liberated Bulgeria.
  • Death of Alexander II

    Death of Alexander II
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    Nicholas II

    Nicholas II was the last Russian emperor and experienced 2 wars during his reign. During both wars, Russia suffered major losses of territories and casualties. These issues resulted in the second Russian Revolution.
  • Japan Defeats Nicholas II

    Japan Defeats Nicholas II
    Japan defeated Russia in a war that resulted in 400,000 casualties. The losses of WWI were even greater
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    Alexander Kerensky

    Alexander Kerensky was the leader of Russia between the czar and the Bolsheviks. He became a major political leader with the Russian Revolutions. He helped create the provisional government that was needed after the overthrow of the czar.
  • Nicholas II Abdicates

    Nicholas II Abdicates
  • October Revolution

    October Revolution
    Bolsheviks siezed power in the October Revolution, and Alexander Kerensky flees from Russia. This revolution was lead by Vladimir Lenin, a Russian marxist revollutionary. (Pictured: Alexander Kerensky)
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    Vladimir Lenin

    Vladimir was the founder of Bolshevism and was the leader and power behind the Russian Revolutions. He became the first dictator of the Soviet Union.
  • Murder of Nicholas II and Royal Family

    Murder of Nicholas II and Royal Family
  • Death of Vladimir Lenin

    Death of Vladimir Lenin
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    Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin became the dictator of the Soviet Union. He had an active role in the October Revolution (1917). During his dictatorship, he eliminated threats to his power by using purge trials, secret executions, and persecutions. His Five Year Plans radically altered the economy and social structure of Russia, but it also resulted in millions of deaths. In addition, Stalin attacked Finland and annexed parts of Eastern Europe.
  • German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact

    German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact
    Joseph Stalin signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact
  • Death of Joseph Stalin

    Death of Joseph Stalin
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    Nikita Khrushchev

    Nikita Khrushchev became leader of USSR. He denounced Stalins actions in 1956. Khrushchev attempted to east relations with the U.S. before the U2 incident.
  • Cuban Missle Crisis

    Cuban Missle Crisis
    Nikita Khrushchev is forced to back down to President Kennedy in relation to the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba
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    Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union. He enforced economic reforms and diplomatic overtures with the West. He also launched programs to make the state more efficient and less corrupt, though this produced public discontent and uprisings.
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    Boris Yeltsin

    Boris Yeltsin became the first post-Gorbachev president of Russia. He was considered the bridge between the old Soviet Communism style and the new 21st century Russia.
  • Nobel Peace Prize

    Nobel Peace Prize
    Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Boris Yeltsin Reelected President

    Boris Yeltsin Reelected President
  • Boris Yeltsin Retires

    Boris Yeltsin Retires
    Borris Yeltsin retired in 1999 saying, "Russia must enter the new millennium with new politicians."
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    Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Putin became President of the Russian Federation. He was considered a ruthless political operator who had a thirst for power. He also had no concern for the niceties of democracy or diplomacy. His political tactics included reducing the power of Russia's unpopular financers and media tycoons.
  • Putin Reelected

    Putin Reelected
  • Dmitri Medvedev Elected President

    Dmitri Medvedev Elected President
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    Dmitri Medvedev

    Dmitri Medvedev became the 3rd President of the Russia Federation. He has an intrest in economic reform and encourages modernizing the national economy. He has already made reforms that allow citizens to be more involved in political life.