Sergey Mikhaylovich Solovyov (1820 - 1879) was one of the greatest Russian historians whose influence on the next generation of Russian historians (Vasily Klyuchevsky, Dmitry Ilovaisky, Sergey Platonov) was paramount. He was favored by the Russian royal family and became a history tutor to the Crown Princes Nicholas and Alexander. The oprichnina is the period of Russian history between 1565 and 1572, during which Tsar Ivan the Terrible instituted a domestic policy of secret police, mass repressions, public executions, and confiscation of land from Russian aristocrats.
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