Russian and Soviet Rulers since 1462

Russian and Soviet Rulers since 1462(including dates of rule)

House of Rurik

Ivan III (the Great), 1462–1505
Vasily III, 1505–33
Ivan IV (the Terrible), 1533–84
Feodor I, 1584–98

House of Godunov

Boris Godunov, 1598–1605
Feodor II, 1605

Usurpers

Dmitri, 1605–6
Vasily IV, 1606–10
Interregnum, 1610–13

House of Romanov

Michael, 1613–45
Alexis, 1645–76
Feodor III, 1676–82
Ivan V and Peter I (the Great), 1682–96
Peter I (the Great), 1696–1725
Catherine I, 1725–27
Peter II, 1727–30
Anna, 1730–40
Ivan VI, 1740–41
Elizabeth, 1741–62
Peter III, 1762
Catherine II (the Great), 1762–96
Paul I, 1796–1801
Alexander I, 1801–25
Nicholas I, 1825–55
Alexander II, 1855–81
Alexander III, 1881–94
Nicholas II, 1894–1917

Provisional Government(premiers)

Prince Georgi Lvov, Mar.-July, 1917
Aleksandr Kerensky, July-Nov., 1917

Soviet Russia (1917–22) and the USSR (1922–91)

Vladimir Lenin, chairman, Council of People's Commissars, 1917–24
Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev, and Grigori Zinoviev, 1924–26
Joseph Stalin, Communist party general secretary, 1926–53
Nikita Khrushchev, Communist party first secretary, and Georgi Malenkov, premier, 1953–55
Nikita Khrushchev, Communist party first secretary, and Nikolai Bulganin, premier, 1955–58
Nikita Khrushchev, Communist party first secretary and premier, 1958–64
Leonid Brezhnev, Communist party first secretary (after 1966, general secretary), 1964–82
Yuri Andropov, Communist party general secretary, 1982–84
Konstantin Chernenko, Communist party general secretary, 1984–85
Mikhail Gorbachev, Communist party general secretary, 1985–91

Russian Federation(presidents)

Boris Yeltsin, 1991–99
Vladimir Putin, 1999–2008 (acting president, Dec. 1999–May 2000)
Dmitri Medvedev, 2008–12
Vladimir Putin, 2012–

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