Muscovyball became independent after Ivan III fought against Golden Hordeball. Ivan IV the Terrible reigned from 1533–1584 and made the nation powerful by conquering Novgorodball and installing secret police and killing its people. In 1601, there was a massive famine and the time of the troubles began. It ended with Tsardom of Russiaball giving Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealthball some land and Mikhail Romanov took over the Russian throne. Then, in 1689 the ambitious Peter the Great started rule of the nation, and defeated the Swedish Empireball in the Great Northern War, which started in 1700.
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