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Ivan the Terrible
Michael I of Russia
June 2017: 345 years since the birth of Peter the Great
December 2016: 275 years since the birth of Elizabeth of Russia
November 2016: 220 years since the death of Catherine the Great
March 2017: 100 years since the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
In the 18th Century, Russia, the "giant empire in the east," rose to become a European super power during the reign of the Romanovs.