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Russian Rulers History Podcast
First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
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September 2010 Episodes:
Ivan IV after killing his son and heir.
  • Pub Date: Sep 24, 2010
  • Episode 21 - Ivan IV - Oh My God, What Have I Done?
  • Listen:
  • Ivan nearing the end of his life strikes out at his own son causing the eventual end of the Rurik line of rulers.
Ivan the Great and Malyuta Skuratov
  • Pub Date: Sep 18, 2010
  • Slap Shot Episode - The Oprichnina
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  • What was the Oprichnina? Was it the musings of a madman or a brilliant measure to centralize power?
The Killing of the Boyars by the Oprichniki
  • Pub Date: Sep 16, 2010
  • Episode 20 - Ivan IV and The Reign of Terror
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  • Ivan, now in true psychopathic mode begins the full-scale terror of the Oprichnina period.
Marfa Sobakina from a photo by Sergey Nikitin
  • Pub Date: Sep 12, 2010
  • Slap Shot Episode - The Not So Merry Wives of Ivan the Terrible
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  • Ivan the Terrible was known for his cruelty but should have been equally known for his many wives, eight.
Russian's Fleeing the Oprichniki
  • Pub Date: Sep 10, 2010
  • Episode 19 - Ivan Becomes the Terrible
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  • His wife dead, his mentors banished or murdered, Ivan begins his reign of terror, first aimed at the boyar class. Nothing was left ot hold Ivan back.
Ivan at the death bed of his wife Anastasia
  • Pub Date: Sep 03, 2010
  • Episode 18 - Ivan Grozny Unleashed
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  • Ivan IV, fresh from the victory at Kazan, endures two tragic events in the coming years, the death of his son Dmitri and his wife Anastasia.