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[[File: Hw-ivan4.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Ivan IV from a contemporary print]]__NOTOC__
Ivan the Terrible is one of the best-known Russian Tsars and is commonly regarded as one of the cruelest men in history. He has been portrayed countless times in books and movies. However, the legend that is Ivan the Terrible often obscured the historical leader, who was one of the most important figures in Russia's history.