IVAN V (IVAN ALEXEEVICH)
Son of Alexei Mikhailovich, Ivan was born on
August 27, 1666, from his father's marriage to Maria Miloslavskaya. Although not
an official heir to the throne, after the death of Feodor Alexeevich, as eldest
remaining son he should have succeeded. However, because of Ivan's ill health,
the Boyars' Duma voted the 10-year-old Peter Alexeevich
(the future Peter the Great) Czar on the suggestion
of the Patriarch Ioakim. Following an insurrection of Ivan's relatives, the
Miloslavskii boyars, led by Czarevna Sofia, opposed
the election of Peter. The Boyars' Duma gave way to these demands and declared
Ivan First Czar, Peter Second Czar and Sofia Alexeevna Regent. Both Ivan and
Peter were consecrated Czars on June 25, 1682.
Because of ill health, Ivan V played no role in political affairs of state.
He married Praskovia Feodorovna Saltykova and had five children, including the
future Empress Anna Ivanovna.
He died on January 29, 1696, and was buried in the Archangel Cathedral of the
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