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Boris Godunov
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Boris Godunov

Boris Fyodorovitch Godunov (Бори́с Фёдорович Годуно́в) (c. 1551 - April 13, 1605) was a tsar of Russia (1598 - 1605). Boris Godunov began his career of court service under tsar Ivan the Terrible and became virtual ruler of Russia during the reign of Ivan's imbecile son Fedor (1584-1598). In 1598 Fedor died without an heir, ending the Rurik Dynasty. Boris Godunov then convened a zemskiy sobor, a national assembly of boyars, church officials, and commoners, which proclaimed him tsar on January 6, 1598. He conducted a successful war against Sweden (1590-1595), promoted foreign trade, and dealt ruthlessly with those boyar families which opposed him. In 1604 boyar animosity combined with popular dissatisfaction ushered in the 'Time of Troubles' - a confused eight-year dynastic and political crisis. Boris Godunov died suddenly in 1605.

Preceded by:
Feodor I
Tsar Succeeded by:
Feodor II


Boris Godunov is also the title of Modest Mussorgsky's opera, written in 1868 and revised in 1871 and 1873. See Boris Godunov (opera).
Boris Godunov is also the title of a play by Aleksandr Pushkin.

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