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Rulers of Russia and the Soviet Union

Can you name all the Tsars (Czars) of Russia, Emperors of Russia, Leaders of the Soviet Union and Presidents of Russia?
* - Listed are the Soviet leaders that exercised effective control of the USSR for the years listed. Their titles varied but included General Secretary, Communist Party Leader and Premier.
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Last updated: March 27, 2014
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Years of Reign (A.D.)
Russian/Soviet Ruler
TSARS (CZARS) of Russia
House of Rurikovich
1547 - 1584
Ivan IV
1584 - 1598
Feodor I
1598 - 1613: Time of Troubles
House of Romanov
1613 - 1645
Michael I
1645 - 1676
Alexis I
1676 - 1682
Feodor III
1682 - 1696 (joint)
Ivan V
1682 - 1696 (joint)
Peter I
1696 - 1721
Peter I
EMPERORS of Russia
House of Romanov
1721 - 1725
Peter I
1725 - 1727
Catherine I
1727 - 1730
Peter II
1730 -1740
Anna
Years of Reign (A.D.)
Russian/Soviet Ruler
1740 - 1741
Ivan VI
1741 - 1762
Elizabeth
1762
Peter III
1762 - 1796
Catherine II
1796 - 1801
Paul I
1801 - 1825
Alexander I
1825
Constantine
1825 - 1855
Nicholas I
1855 - 1881
Alexander II
1881 - 1894
Alexander III
1894 - 1917
Nicholas II
1917 - 1922: Russian Revolution and Civil War
LEADERS of the Soviet Union*
1922 - 1924
Vladimir Lenin
Years of Reign (A.D.)
Russian/Soviet Ruler
1924 - 1953
Joseph Stalin
1953 - 1955
Georgy Malenkov
1955 - 1964
Nikita Khrushchev
1964 - 1982
Leonid Brezhnev
1982 - 1984
Yuri Andropov
1984- 1985
Konstantin Chernenko
1985 - 1991
Mikhail Gorbachev
PRESIDENTS of Russia
1991 - 1999
Boris Yeltsin
1999 - 2008
Vladimir Putin
2008 - 2012
Dmitry Medvedev
2012 - present
Vladimir Putin
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level 58
Jun 5, 2014
According to Wikipedia, Boris Godunov was sole Tsar from 1598 to 1605, and the Time of Troubles came afterwards. Of course, you may disagree, but I feel that you should throw people a bone given that the one pre-Romanov name people are likely to know is Boris Godunov, and he's certainly within the period. I was constantly surprised by the fact that just typing "Boris" didn't get a correct answer!
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level 55
Jul 20, 2016
While it seems that Boris should be included, I think people are more likely to get Ivan the Terrible as a pre-Romanov Tsar than Boris Godunov.
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level 73
May 12, 2015
Maybe you could fix the Khrushchev to work also, now it only works with his first name included.
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level 35
May 5, 2016
There was also Tsarina Sophia a ruling along side Peter I and Ivan V. You should also allow Alexei not just Alexis, as either are correct.
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level 24
Oct 15, 2016
It would be nice if you added Russian version of those names. Took a lot of time to figure out.. like: Nikolay instead of Nicholas, Aleksey instead of Alexis, Ekaterina (Catherine), Elizaveta (Elizabeth), Pavel (Paul), Kostantin (Constantine) etc.
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level 77
Dec 19, 2016
I think Nikolai is more common than Nikolay. And Aleksandr. Some alternate spellings of some other names would be welcome, too, like Kruschev, perhaps. Plus accepting "2" instead of "ii" would be helpful. Otherwise, pretty good good quiz.
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level 77
Dec 19, 2016
You're missing one Soviet leader: Yanayev, but he often gets left off of official lists. Also, Medvedev was definitely never leader of Russia. He held the office of president, which up until his term in office was the office of the leader of Russia, and after he vacated the office it became so again, but Putin has been the de-facto leader of Russia since 1999 and he is now effectively dictator.