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Monarchy of Russia
Former Monarchy
Lesser CoA of the empire of Russia.svg
Imperial Coat of arms
Nicholas II, 1914.jpg
Nicholas II
First monarch Rurik (as Prince)
Last monarch Nicholas II (as Emperor)
Style His Imperial Majesty
Official residence Winter Palace
Appointer Hereditary
Monarchy began 862
Monarchy ended 15 March 1917
Current pretender(s) Disputed:
Nicholas Romanov,
Maria Vladimirovna

This is a list of all reigning monarchs in the history of Russia. It includes titles Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev, Grand Prince of Vladimir, Grand Prince of Moscow, Tsar of All Rus', and Emperor of All Russia. The list started with a semi-legendary Prince of Novgorod Rurik sometime in the mid 9th century (862) and ended with the Emperor of All Russia Nicholas II who abdicated in 1917, and was executed with his family in 1918.

The vast territory known today as Russia covers an area that has been known historically by various names, including Rus', Kievan Rus',[1][2] the Grand Duchy of Moscow, the Tsardom of Muscovy and the Russian Empire, and the sovereigns of these many nations and throughout their histories have used likewise as wide a range of titles in their positions as chief magistrates of a country. Some of the earliest titles include Kniaz and Velikiy Kniaz, which mean "Prince" and "Great Prince" respectively but are often rendered as "Duke" and "Grand Duke" in Western literature; then the title of Tsar, meaning "Caesar", which was disputed to be the equal of either a king or emperor; finally culminating in the title of Emperor. The full title of the Russian Emperors, according to Article 59 of the 1906 Russian Constitution, was given as:

Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Tsar of Kazan, Tsar of Astrakhan, Tsar of Poland, Tsar of Siberia, Tsar of Chersonesos Taurica, Tsar of Georgia, Lord of Pskov, and Grand Duke of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, and Finland, Prince of Estland, Livland, Courland and Semigalia, Samogitia, Belostok, Karelia, Tver, Yugra, Perm, Vyatka, Bulgaria and other territories; Lord and Grand Duke of Nizhny Novgorod, Sovereign of Chernigov, Ryazan, Polotsk, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Beloozero, Udoria, Obdoria, Kondia, Vitebsk, Mstislavl, and all northern territories; Sovereign of Iveria, Kartalinia, and the Kabardinian lands and Armenian territories – hereditary Lord and Ruler of the Circassians and Mountain Princes and others; Lord of Turkestan, Heir of Norway, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, Oldenburg, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth.

The Patriarchs of Moscow, who were the head of Russian Orthodox Church, also have acted as the leaders of Russia from time to time, usually in periods of political upheaval as during the Polish occupation and interregnum of 1610–1613.

Monarchs of various Russian states prior to 1547[edit]

The land that is today known as Russia was populated by various East Slavic peoples from before the ninth century. The first states to exert hegemony over the region were those of the Rus' people, a branch of Nordic Varangians who moved into the region occupied by modern Russia sometime in the ninth century, and set up a series of states starting with the Rus' Khaganate sometime around 830 or so. Little is known of the Rus' Khaganate beyond its existence, including the extent of its territory or any reliable list of its Khagans (rulers). Traditionally, Russian statehood is traced to Rurik, a Rus' leader of Holmgard (later Novgorod, modern Veliky Novgorod), a different Rus' state. Rurik's successor Oleg moved his capital to Kiev, founding the state of Kievan Rus'. Over the next several centuries, the most important titles were those of the Grand Prince of Kiev and Grand Prince of Novgorod whose holder (often the same person) could claim hegemony. By the early 11th century, however, the Rus' state had fragmented into a series of petty principalities which warred constantly with each other. In 1097, the Council of Liubech formalized the federal nature of the Russian lands. By the 12th century, the Grand Duchy of Vladimir became the dominant principality, adding its name to those of Novgorod and Kiev, culminating with the rule of Alexander Nevsky. After Alexander Nevsky, the region once again broke up into petty states, though the Grand Duchy of Moscow, founded by Alexander Nevsky's youngest son Daniel, began to consolidate control over the entire Russian territory in the 15th century. Following the Mongol conquests of the 13th century, all of the Russian principalities paid tribute to the Golden Horde, effectively operating as vassals of the Mongol state. The Russians began to exert independence from the Mongols, culminating with Ivan the Great of Moscow ceasing tribute to the Horde, effectively declaring his independence. The last Grand Duke (sometimes Grand Prince) of Moscow Ivan the Terrible assumed the title Tsar of All Russias in 1547.

Princes of Novgorod[edit]

Monarch Portrait Born-Died Relationship with Predecessor(s) Ruled from Ruled until
Rurik Rurik titularnik.jpg ?-879 none 862 879
Oleg of Novgorod (regent) Oleg of Novgorod.jpg ?-912 Relative of Rurik and regent of Rurik's son, Prince Igor of Kiev 879 882

Grand Princes of Kiev[edit]

Monarch Portrait Born-Died Relationship with Predecessor(s) Ruled from Ruled until
Askold and Dir (non-Rurikids) 11 1 List of Radzivill Chron.jpg ?-882 none 842[3][4] or 862 882
Oleg of Novgorod (regent) Oleg of Novgorod.jpg ?-912 Relative of Rurik and regent of Rurik's son, Prince Igor of Kiev 882 Autumn 912
Igor I Knyazigor.jpg ?-945 Son of Rurik 879 (in Novgorod, as an heir of Rurik); 913[5] Autumn 945
Saint Olga of Kiev (regent) Olga by Roerich 2.jpg ?-969 Igor I's wife and regent of Sviatoslav I of Kiev 945 962
Sviatoslav I the Great Svatoslav titularnik.png 942–972 Son of Igor I and Olga of Kiev 962 Spring 972
Yaropolk I Yaropolk murder.jpg 958 (960?)–980 Son of Sviatoslav I 972 980
Saint Vladimir I the Great Vladimir I of Kiev.PNG 958–1015 Younger son of Sviatoslav I, brother of Yaropolk I 11 June 978 15 July 1015
Sviatopolk I the Accursed Sviatopolk silver srebrenik.jpg 980–1019 Son of Vladimir I 1015 Autumn 1016
Yaroslav I the Wise Yaroslav the Wise.jpg 978–1054 Younger son of Vladimir I, brother of Sviatopolk I Autumn 1016 Summer 1018
Sviatopolk I the Accursed Sviatopolk silver srebrenik.jpg 980–1019 Son of Vladimir I 14 August 1018 1019
Yaroslav I the Wise Yaroslav the Wise.jpg 978–1054 Younger son of Vladimir I, Younger brother of Sviatopolk I 1019 19 February 1054
Iziaslav I Minskizjaslav.jpg 1024–1078 First son of Yaroslav I February 1054 15 September 1068
Vseslav of Polotsk Drazdovicz Usiaslau.jpg 1039–1101 Great-Grandson of Vladimir I. Usurped the Kievan Throne 15 September 1068 April 1069
Iziaslav I Minskizjaslav.jpg 1024–1078 First son of Yaroslav I 2 May 1069 March 1073
Sviatoslav II Izbornik.jpg 1027–1076 Third son of Yaroslav I 22 March 1073 27 December 1076
Vsevolod I Vsevolod yaroslavich.jpg 1030–1093 Fourth son of Yaroslav I 1 January 1077 July 1077
Iziaslav I Minskizjaslav.jpg 1024–1078 First son of Yaroslav I 15 July 1077 3 October 1078
Vsevolod I Vsevolod yaroslavich.jpg 1030–1093 Fourth son of Yaroslav I October 1078 13 April 1093
Sviatopolk II Congress in Dolobsk 1103.jpg 1050–1113 Son of Iziaslav I 24 April 1093 16 April 1113
Vladimir II Monomakh Vladimir monomakh.jpg 1053–1125 Son of Vsevolod I 20 April 1113 19 May 1125
Mstislav the Great Mstislav I of Kiev (Tsarskiy titulyarnik).jpg 1076–1132 Son of Vladimir II 20 May 1125 15 April 1132
Yaropolk II Yaropolk II of Kiev.jpg 1082–1139 Son of Vladimir II, Younger brother of Mstislav 17 April 1132 18 February 1139
Viacheslav I Изяслав мстиславович.jpg 1083-2 February 1154 Son of Vladimir II 22 February 1139 4 March 1139
Vsevolod II Vsevolod Ol'govich.jpg ?-1146 Grandson of Sviatoslav II 5 March 1139 30 July 1146
Igor II CvKnyazIgor.jpg ?- 19 September 1146 Grandson of Sviatoslav II August 1146 13 August 1146
Iziaslav II Panteleimon Ізяслав II Пантелеймон.jpg 1097–1154 Older son of Mstislav 13 August 1146 23 August 1149
Yuri I the Long Arms Dolgorukiy.jpg 1099–1157 Younger brother of Mstislav 28 August 1149 Summer 1150
Viacheslav I Изяслав мстиславович.jpg 1083-2 February 1154 Son of Vladimir II Summer 1150 Summer 1150
Iziaslav II Panteleimon Ізяслав II Пантелеймон.jpg 1097–1154 Older son of Mstislav Summer 1150 Summer 1150
Yuri I the Long Arms Dolgorukiy.jpg 1099–1157 Younger brother of Mstislav August 1150 Winter 1151
Iziaslav II Panteleimon Ізяслав II Пантелеймон.jpg 1097–1154 Older son of Mstislav Winter 1151 13 November 1154
Viacheslav I Изяслав мстиславович.jpg 1083-2 February 1154 Son of Vladimir II Spring 1151 6 February 1154
Rostislav I Rostislav Mstislavich.jpg 1110–1165 Second son of Mstislav 1154 January 1155
Iziaslav III Izyaslav III.jpg ?-1162 Grandson of Sviatoslav II January 1155 1155
Yuri I the Long Arms Dolgorukiy.jpg 1099–1157 Younger brother of Mstislav 20 March 1155 15 May 1157
Iziaslav III Izyaslav III.jpg ?-1162 Grandson of Sviatoslav II 19 May 1157 December 1158
Mstislav II Mstislav Izjaslavich.jpg 1125–1170 Son of Iziaslav III 22 December 1158 Spring 1159
Rostislav I Rostislav Mstislavich.jpg 1110–1167 Second son of Mstislav 12 April 1159 8 February 1161
Iziaslav III Izyaslav III.jpg ?-1162 Grandson of Sviatoslav II 12 February 1161 6 March 1161
Rostislav I Rostislav Mstislavich.jpg 1110–1167 Second son of Mstislav March 1161 14 March 1167
Vladimir III Sin foto.svg 1132–1173 Younger son of Mstislav Spring 1167 Spring 1167
Mstislav II Mstislav Izjaslavich.jpg 1125–1170 Son of Iziaslav III 19 May 1167 12 March 1169

In 1169 Vladimir-Suzdal troops took Kiev. This act underlined the declining importance of that city.[according to whom?]

Grand Princes of Vladimir[edit]

The state of Vladimir-Suzdal (formally the Grand Duchy of Vladimir) became dominant among the various petty principalities to form from the dissolution of the Kievan Rus' state; the title of Grand Prince of Vladimir became one of the three titles (along with Kiev and Novgorod) possessed by the most important rulers among the Russian nobility. While Vladimir enjoyed hegemony for a time, it too would disintegrate into a series of petty states, the most important of which became Grand Duchy of Moscow, which itself would eventually evolve into the Tsardom of Russia.

Monarch Portrait Born-Died Relationship with Predecessor(s) Ruled from Ruled until
Saint Andrei I Bogolyubsky Князь Андрей Боголюбский.jpg 1110–1174 Son of Yuri I 15 May 1157 29 June 1174
Mikhail I Michael I of Kiev.jpg ?-1176 Brother of Andrei I 1174 September 1174
Yaropolk Sin foto.svg ?-after 1196 Grandson of Vladimir II 1174 15 June 1175
Mikhail I Michael I of Kiev.jpg ?-1176 Brother of Andrei I 15 June 1175 20 June 1176
Vsevolod III the Big Nest Vsevolodthebignest.jpg 1154–1212 Brother of Andrei I and Mikhail I June 1176 15 April 1212
Yuri II Flight of Yuri II of Vladimir (Boris Chorikov).jpg 1189–1238 Son of Vsevolod III 1212 27 April 1216
Konstantin of Rostov Benevolence of the Grand Duke Constantine (Boris Chorikov).jpg 1186–1218 Son of Vsevolod III Spring 1216 2 February 1218
Yuri II Flight of Yuri II of Vladimir (Boris Chorikov).jpg 1189–1238 Son of Vsevolod III February 1218 4 March 1238
Yaroslav II Yaroslav Vsevolodovich (Spas Nereditsi).jpeg 1191–1238 Son of Vsevolod III 1238 30 September 1246
Sviatoslav III Sin foto.svg 1196–3 February 1252 Son of Vsevolod III 1246 1248
Mikhail Khorobrit Sin foto.svg 1229–15 January 1248 Son of Yaroslav II 1248 15 January 1248
Sviatoslav III Sin foto.svg 1196– 3 February 1252 Son of Vsevolod III 1248 1249
Andrey II Andrei2.jpg 1221–1264 Son of Yaroslav II December 1249 24 July 1252
Saint Alexander I Nevsky AlexanderNevskyTitul.jpg 1220–1263 Son of Yaroslav II 1252 14 November 1263
Yaroslav III Yaroslav Yaroslavich in Novgorod.jpeg 1230–1272 Son of Yaroslav II 1264 1271
Vasily of Kostroma Vasily Yaroslavich Grand Dukes of Vladimir.jpg 1241–1276 Son of Yaroslav II 1272 January 1277
Dmitry of Pereslavl Dmitry of Pereslavl (Vereshchagin).jpg 1250–1294 Son of St. Alexander 1277 1281
Andrey III Andreygorodetsky.jpg 1255–1304 Son of St. Alexander 1281 December 1283
Dmitry of Pereslavl Dmitry of Pereslavl (Vereshchagin).jpg 1250–1294 Son of St. Alexander December 1283 1293
Andrey III Andreygorodetsky.jpg 1255–1304 Son of St. Alexander 1293 1304
Saint Michael of Tver Mikhailtver.jpg 1271–1318 Son of Yaroslav III Autumn 1304 22 November 1318
Yuri (III) of Moscow Jurij of Moscov.jpg 1281–1325 Grandson of St. Alexander 1318 2 November 1322
Dmitry I the Terrible Eyes Дмитрий Грозные Очи убивает Юрия Даниловича.jpg 1299–1326 Son of St. Michael 1322 15 September 1326
Alexander of Tver Alexander Pskov.jpg 1281–1339 Son of St. Michael 1326 1327
Alexander of Suzdal Sin foto.svg ?–1331 Grandson of Andrey II 1328 1331
Ivan I of Moscow Kalita Ivan Kalita.jpg 1288–1340 Grandson of St. Alexander 1332 31 March 1340

Since 1331 the title of the Grand Princes of Vladimir assigned to the Princes of Moscow.

Grand Princes of Moscow[edit]

Alexander Nevsky, Grand Prince of Vladimir, placed his youngest son Daniel in charge of the territory around Moscow, and establishing the state of Muscovy, originally a vassal state to Vladimir-Suzdal. Daniel's son Ivan I assumed the title of Vladimir himself, establishing Muscovy as the premier principality among the various Russian states. Later rulers of Muscovy would consolidate power, culminating with Ivan III who threw off the Mongol yoke and conquered most of the other Russian states. His son Vasili III completed the task of uniting all of Russia by eliminating the last few independent states in the 1520s. Vasili's son Ivan the Terrible formalized the situation by assuming the title Tsar of All Russias in 1547.

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Ruled from Ruled until Death
Daniel no image Daniil of Moscow (fresco in Archang. cat).jpg 1261 unknown 1283 4 March 1303 4 March 1303, Moscow, Russia
Yury no image Jurij of Moscov.jpg 1281 unknown 4 March 1303 21 November 1325 21 November 1325, Moscow, Russia
Ivan I Kalita no image Ivan Kalita.jpg 1288 Helena
9 children
21 November 1325 31 March 1340 31 March 1340, Moscow, Russia
Simeon the Proud no image Simeon Dumny.jpg 7 November 1316 Anastasia of Lithuania
no children

Euphraxia of Smolensk
no children

Maria of Tver
4 sons (died young)
31 March 1340 27 April 1353 27 April 1353, Moscow, Russia
Ivan II the Handsome no image Ivan krasniy titularnik.jpg 30 March 1326 Fedosia Dmitrievna of Bryansk
no children

Alexandra Ivanovna Velyaminova
4 children
27 April 1353 13 November 1359 13 November 1359, Moscow, Russia
Saint Dmitry I Donskoy no image Dmitri Donskoy.jpg 12 October 1350 Eudoxia Dmitrievna of Nizhny Novgorod
12 children
13 November 1359 19 May 1389 19 May 1389, Moscow, Russia
Vasily I no image Vasily Dmitrievich titularnik.jpg 30 December 1371 Sophia of Lithuania
9 children
19 May 1389 27 February 1425 27 February 1425, Moscow, Russia
Vasily II the Blind no image Vasil2b.gif 10 March 1415 Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk
3 children
27 February 1425 27 March 1462 27 March 1462, Moscow, Russia
Ivan III the Great Coat of arms of Russia (XV Century).svg Ivan III of Russia.jpg 22 January 1440 Maria Borisovna of Tver
one son

Sophia Palaiologina
8 children
5 April 1462 6 November 1505 6 November 1505, Moscow, Russia
Vasily III Coat of arms of Russia (XV Century).svg Vasili III of Russia.jpg 25 March 1479 Solomonia Yuryevna Saburova
no children

Elana Vasilyevna Glinskaya
2 sons
6 November 1505 13 December 1533 13 December 1533, Moscow, Russia
Ivan IV the Terrible Coat of arms of Russia (XV Century).svg Kremlinpic4.jpg 25 August 1530 unmarried as Prince 13 December 1533 26 January 1547 28 March 1584

Tsars of Russia[edit]

From the rule of Ivan III, the Grand Duchy of Moscow effectively became the dominant Russian state, overthrowing the Golden Horde, consolidating all remaining Russian principalities under itself, and conquering lands far from its roots in the city of Moscow. While Ivan III became effective ruler over the entirety of Russia, the situation was not formally recognized until his grandson Ivan the IV assumed the title Tsar in 1547, that the state of Russia (apart from its constituent principalities) came into formal being.

Dates are listed in the Old Style, which continued to be used in Russia.

House of Rurikovich[edit]

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Tsar from Tsar until Death
Ivan IV the Terrible Russiancoatofarmsxvicentury.gif Kremlinpic4.jpg 25 August 1530, Kolomenskoye, Russia Anastasia Romanovna Zakharyina-Yurieva
6 children

Maria Temryukovna
one son (died young)

Marfa Vasilevna Sobakina

Anna Alexeievna Koltovskaya

Anna Vasilchikova

Vasilisa Melentyeva

Maria Dolgorukaya

Maria Feodorovna Nagaya
26 January 1547 28 March 1584 28 March 1584, Moscow, Russia
Feodor I Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Feodor I of Russia (parsuna, 1630s, Moscow History museum).jpg 31 May 1557, Moscow, Russia Irina Feodorovna Godunova
one daughter
28 March 1584 17 January 1598 17 January 1598, Moscow, Russia

Time of Troubles[edit]

Following the death of the Feodor I, the son of Ivan the Terrible and the last of the Rurik dynasty, Russia fell into a succession crisis known as the Time of Troubles. As Feodor left no male heirs, the Russian Zemsky Sobor (feudal parliament) elected his brother-in-law Boris Godunov to be Tsar. Devastated by famine, rule under Boris descended into anarchy. A series of impostors, known as the False Dmitriys, each claimed to be Feodor's long deceased younger brother. These impostors claimed (and at times actually held) the title of Tsar. A distant Rurikid cousin, Vasili Shuyskiy, also seized power for a time. During the period of Anarchy, foreign powers involved themselves in Russian politics under the leadership of the Vasa monarchs of Sweden and Poland-Lithuania, including Sigismund III Vasa and his son Władysław IV Vasa. As a child, Władysław was even chosen as Tsar by the Seven Boyars, though he was prevented by his father from formally taking the throne. The Time of Troubles is considered to have ended with the election of Michael Romanov to the throne, who established the Romanov dynasty that would rule Russia until the Russian Revolution of 1917.

House of Godunov[edit]

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Tsar from Tsar until Death
Irina (disputed) Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Irina godunova01 reconstruction.jpg c.1557 Feodor I of Russia
a daughter
7 January 1598 15 January 1598 29 October 1603, Moscow, Russia
Boris I Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Borisgodunov.jpg c.1551, Vyazma, Russia Maria Grigorievna Skuratova-Belskaya
2 children
21 February 1598 13 April 1605 13 April 1605, Moscow, Russia
Feodor II Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Tsar Fyodr II.jpg 1589, Moscow, Russia unmarried, no children 13 April 1605 1 June 1605 1 June 1605, Moscow, Russia

Pseudo-Rurikovich usurpers[edit]

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Tsar from Tsar until Death
False Dmitry I
(Grigory Bogdanovich Otrepyev)
Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Pseudo-Dmitrius.jpg c. 1581 Marina Mniszech
no children
1 June 1605 17 May 1606 17 May 1606, Moscow, Russia
False Dmitry II Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Pseudo-Dimitrij.jpg c. 1582 Marina Mniszech
one son (posthumous)
10 July 1607 11 December 1610 11 December 1610, Kaluga, Russia
False Dmitry III (Sidorka) Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Sin foto.svg unknown unknown 28 March 1611 18 May 1612 July 1612

House of Shuysky[edit]

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Tsar from Tsar until Death
Vasiliy IV Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Vasily IV.jpg 22 September 1552, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Elena Mikhailovna Repnina
no children

Maria Buynosova-Rostovskaya
2 children
19 May 1606 17 July 1610 (deposed) 12 September 1612, Gostynin, Poland

House of Vasa[edit]

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Tsar from Tsar until Death
Vladislav I Polish House of Vasa Coa.svg Władysław IV Waza.jpg 9 June 1595, Łobzów, Poland Cecilia Renata of Austria
no children

Marie Louise Gonzaga
no children
6 September 1610 November 1612 (deposed)
14 June 1634 (resigned his claim)
20 May 1648, Merkinė, Lithuania

House of Romanov[edit]

The Time of Troubles came to a close with the election of Michael Romanov as Tsar. Michael was officially Tsar, though real power was exercised by his father, the Patriarch Philaret. However, Michael's decedents would rule Russia, first as Tsars and later as Emperors, until the Russian Revolution of 1917. Peter the Great, great-grandson of Michael Romanov, reorganized the Russian state along more Western lines, establishing the Russian Empire in 1721.

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Tsar from Tsar until Death
Michael I Russiancoatofarmsxvi-xviicentury.gif Tsar Mikhail I.jpg 12 July 1596
Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Maria Vladimirovna Dolgorukova
1624
one stillborn child

Eudoxia Lukyanovna Streshneva
5 February 1626
ten children
26 July 1613 12 July 1645 12 July 1645, Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Alexis I the Quietest Imperial Coat of arms of Russia (17th century).svg Alexis I of Russia (Hermitage).jpg 9 May 1629
Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Maria Ilyinichna Miloslavskaya
17 January 1648
13 children

Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina
1 February 1671
3 children
12 July 1645 29 January 1676 29 January 1676, Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Feodor III Imperial Coat of arms of Russia (17th century).svg Feodor III of Russia.jpg 9 June 1661
Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Agaphia Simeonovna Grushevskaya
28 July 1680
one son

Marfa Matveievna Apraksina
24 February 1682
no children
29 January 1676 7 May 1682 7 May 1682, Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Sophia (regent) Imperial Coat of arms of Russia (17th century).svg Sophia Alekseyevna hermitage.jpg 17 September 1657
Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
unmarried, no children 17 May 1682 27 August 1689 3 July 1704, Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Ivan V
jointly with Peter I
Imperial Coat of arms of Russia (17th century).svg Ivan V kremlin.jpg 6 September 1666
Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Praskovia Feodorovna Saltykova
1684
5 daughters
2 June 1682 8 February 1696 8 February 1696, Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Peter I the Great
jointly with Ivan V 1682–1696
Imperial Coat of arms of Russia (17th century).svg Peter de Grote 9 June 1672
Moscow, Tsardom of Muscovy
Eudoxia Feodorovna Lopukhina
1689
3 children

Marta Helena Skowrońska
1707
9 children
2 June 1682 2 November 1721 8 February 1725, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire

Emperors of Russia[edit]

(Also Grand Princes of Finland from 1809 until 1917; and Kings of Poland from 1815 until 1917)

The Empire of Russia was declared by Peter the Great in 1721. Officially, Russia would be ruled by the Romanov dynasty until the Russian Revolution of 1917. However, direct male descendants of Michael Romanov came to an end in 1730 with the death of Peter II of Russia, grandson of Peter the Great. The throne passed to Anna, a niece of Peter the Great, and after the brief rule of her infant son Ivan VI, the throne was seized by Elizabeth, a daughter of Peter the Great. Elizabeth would be the last of the direct Romanovs to rule Russia. Elizabeth declared her nephew, Peter, to be her heir. Peter (who would rule as Peter III) spoke little Russian, having been a German prince of the House of Holstein-Gottorp before arriving in Russia to assume the Imperial title. He and his German wife Sophia changed their name to Romanov upon inheriting the throne. Peter was ill-liked, and he was assassinated within six months of assuming the throne, in a coup orchestrated by his wife, who became Empress in her own right and ruled as Catherine the Great (both Peter and Catherine were descended from the House of Rurik). Following the confused successions of the descendants of Peter the Great, Catherine's son Paul I established clear succession laws which governed the rules of primogeniture over the Imperial throne until the fall of the Empire in 1917.

Monarch Coat of arms Portrait Birth Marriage Emperor from Emperor until Death
Peter I the Great Peterthegreatcoa.gif Peter de Grote 9 June 1672
Moscow, Tsardom of Russia
Eudoxia Feodorovna Lopukhina
1689
3 children

Marta Helena Skowrońska
1707
9 children
2 November 1721 8 February 1725 8 February 1725, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Catherine I Catherinecoa.gif Empress Catherine I -c.1724 -3.jpg 15 April 1684
Ringen (Rõngu), Duchy of Livonia, Sweden
Peter I of Russia
1707
9 children
8 February 1725 17 May 1727 17 May 1727,
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Peter II Russian coa 1730.png Pyotralexeevich.jpg 23 October 1715
St. Petersburg, Tsardom of Russia
unmarried 18 May 1727 30 January 1730 30 January 1730, Moscow, Russian Empire
Anna Russian coa 1730.png Louis Caravaque, Portrait of Empress Anna Ioannovna (1730).jpg 7 February 1693
Moscow, Tsardom of Russia
Frederick Wilhelm, Duke of Courland
November 1710
no children
13 February 1730 28 October 1740 28 October 1740, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Ivan VI (disputed) Russian coa 1730.png Ivan VI of Russia.jpg 23 August 1740
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
unmarried 28 October 1740 6 December 1741 16 July 1764 (murdered)
Shlisselburg, Russian Empire
Elizabeth Russian coa 1730.png Portrait of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna by Ivan Vishnyakov.jpg 29 December 1709
Kolomenskoye, Tsardom of Russia
Alexey Razumovsky
1742
no children
6 December 1741 5 January 1762 5 January 1762,
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Peter III Russian coa 1730.png 1762. Antronov Petr 3.jpg 21 February 1728
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Princess Sophie Friederike Auguste of Anhalt-Zerbst
16 August 1745
one son
9 January 1762 9 July 1762 17 July 1762 (murdered), Ropsha, Russian Empire
Catherine II the Great Russian coa 1730.png Catherinethegreatroslin.jpg 2 May 1729
Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia
Peter III of Russia
16 August 1745
one son
9 July 1762 17 November 1796 17 November 1796, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Paul I Paulicoa1796.gif Borovikovskiy PtPavla1GRM.jpg 1 October 1754
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Princess Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt
29 September 1773
one stillborn son

Princess Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg
26 September 1776
ten children
17 November 1796 23 March 1801 23 March 1801
(assassinated)
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Alexander I the Blessed Russian coa 1830.png Alexander I of Russia by G.Dawe (1826, Peterhof).jpg 23 December 1777
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Princess Louise of Baden
28 September 1793
2 daughters
23 March 1801 1 December 1825 1 December 1825, Taganrog, Russian Empire
Constantine I (disputed) Russian coa 1830.png Konstantinpaulowrussland(crop).jpg 27 April 1779
Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire
Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
26 February
no children
1 December 1825 26 December 1825 27 June 1831
Vitebsk, Russian Empire
Nicholas I Russian coa 1830.png Nicholasbotman(1).jpg 6 July 1796
Gatchina, Russian Empire
Princess Charlotte of Prussia
13 July 1817
7 children
1 December 1825 2 March 1855 2 March 1855,
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Alexander II the Liberator Lesser Coat of Arms of Russian Empire.svg Alexanderbymakovsky.jpg 29 April 1818
Moscow, Russian Empire
Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine
16 April 1841
8 children
2 March 1855 13 March 1881 13 March 1881
(assassinated)
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Alexander III the Peace-Maker Lesser Coat of Arms of Russian Empire.svg Dmitriev 001(crop).jpg 10 March 1845
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Princess Dagmar of Denmark
9 November 1866
6 children
13 March 1881 1 November 1894 1 November 1894
Livadiya, Russian Empire
Saint Nicholas II Lesser Coat of Arms of Russian Empire.svg Nicholas II of Russia painted by Earnest Lipgart.jpg 6 May 1868
Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire
Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine
26 November 1894
5 children
1 November 1894 15 March 1917 17 July 1918 (executed)
Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR
Michael II (disputed) Lesser Coat of Arms of Russian Empire.svg Mikhail Aleksandrovich by Repin.JPG 22 November 1878
Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire
Natalia Brassova
15 October 1911
one son (born before his parents' marriage)
15 March 1917 16 March 1917 12 June 1918 (murdered)
Perm, Russian SFSR

See List of leaders of Russia for the continuation of leadership.

Pretenders to the Russian throne since 1917[edit]

See Line of succession to the Russian throne

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russian history: Kievan Rus". Russiapedia. RT. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Glenn E. Curtis (1996). "Kievan Rus' and Mongol Periods". Russia: A Country Study. Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Suszko, Henryk (2003). Latopis hustyński. Opracowanie, przekład i komentarze. Slavica Wratislaviensia CXXIV. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego. ISBN 83-229-2412-7; Tolochko, Oleksiy (2010). The Hustyn' Chronicle. (Harvard Library of Early Ukrainian Literature: Texts) ISBN 978-1-932650-03-7
  4. ^ according to the Tale of Bygone Years, the date is not clearly identified
  5. ^ officially

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