Ivan the Terrible was responsible for destroying entire cities, leaving every single person dead. People who were unfortunate enough to be his enemy were tortured, and even some of the people who considered themselves friends of Ivan were tortured. Ivan went so far as to murder his own son, who was also named Ivan. Ivan the Terrible was the first ruler of Russia to take the title of "Czar". During his reign, however, Russia conquered the land of Siberia, and his desire to conquer land transformed Russia into a large and powerful nation.
Ivan was born in the city of Moscow on August 25, 1530. Ivan was the son of ruler Vasili III, and Ivan would become Russia's ruler after his father's death in 1533. Since Ivan was far too young to rule a country, his mother, Elena Glinskaya, served as regent, but she would die only five years later when Ivan was eight years old. Even during his childhood, Ivan displayed disturbing behavior, such as throwing dogs and cats out of high windows. Ivan would officially assume royal duties on January 16, 1547. Ivan would modernize Russia's law code, and create a standing army.
Ivan would die on March 18, 1584, from what historians now believe to be poisoning, and the throne of Russia would be inherited by Ivan's son Feodor, who is believed to have been retarded.
This report prepared by Nathaniel Ford