S. The first major East Slavic state, Kievan Rus, is founded, T. Ivan IV—or Ivan the Terrible—becomes the first tsar of Russia., A. Mikhail Romanov is coronated as tsar at age 16, L. Peter the Great rules until his death, building a new capital in St. Petersburg., I. Catherine II, or Catherine the Great, takes power, N. Crimean War. Russia is crippled in its defeat., ‘. Tsar Alexander II issues his Emancipation Reform, S. Russia enters WWI against Austria-Hungary in defence of Serbia. S. Russia enters WWI against Austria-Hungary in defence of Serbia.  , M. The violent Russian Revolution marks the end of the Romanov dynasty, O. Joseph Stalin becomes dictator, U. World War II begins, S. Winston Churchill declares “an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent”, T. The 13-day Cuban Missile Crisis leads Americans to fear nuclear war is at hand., A. Mikhail Gorbachev is elected general secretary of the Communist Party, C. The Chernobyl disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident, H. The Soviet Union is dissolved and Gorbachev resigns., E. Russian troops enter the breakaway republic of Chechnya, !. The FBI announces an investigation into possible Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer system..

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